I spent a lot of time in nature this past summer. I was in The Thousand Islands of Upstate NY, Hunterdon County and the Delaware River in Frenchtown, NJ, and Maine. Getting out of my studio and spending time in nature was really great for me.
During my adventures I collected leaves, branches, and rocks to bring back my studio and photographed them. They are nothing really special, just ordinary objects you can find anywhere in nature. However, I found beauty in their shapes and colors. I stylize them in my studio and photographed them in film with my Sinar 4x5 camera.
The original prints for this series are available at my website.
Time flies with this camera, it's been three years since I purchased my brand new Fuji X Pro-2.
The purpose of owning this camera is for me to take it anywhere I go outside my studio. This camera is always with me; I have photographed the streets of New York City, forests, mountains, and rivers.
When I was in the market for a digital camera I wasn’t too concerned about the quality of photographs it would shoot because these days almost any digital camera can do a high quality job. Most importantly, I wanted to have the same excitement as when I got my first film Nikon mechanical SLR camera. X Pro-2 did the trick because of its classic-camera-feel, mechanical and beautiful design, lightness, and simple controls; all of these characteristics spark a sense of nostalgia for my early days in photography.
I appreciate technology and understand how people get excited about buying a new digital camera every few years. But this camera ages well just like a pair of jeans and I’m enjoying it more and more. For me, the X Pro-2 is still doing the trick and I know that I’ll continue to use this camera for a long, long time.