Thursday, October 10, 2013

My name is Derek and I'm a camera junkie.

I'm really a simple guy - no sports cars or motorcycles or secret torrid affairs necessary.  But I am, most likely, at or near the halfway point in my life.  After years of hard work and sacrifices, I've come to understand why some guys have a mid-life crisis.  I've actually been planning mine for a while.

This very blog, in fact, is a symptom of it.  I've spent a good portion of my life trying to figure my purpose - not in any spiritual or metaphysical sense - but just doing a lot of self-analyzing to determine what I'm best suited to.  I have a spare room full of half-completed projects and ill-considered career plans.  But I've always come back to two or three real interests that border on obsessions.  All of them have to do with communication in one way or another.

At this point, I've decided that may be as close as I'll get to a solid answer and I'm gradually accepting the notion that my purpose may be more vague than I would have expected.  The name of the blog itself describes a couple of my obsessions, but anyone who has known me for more than a few minutes knows that I have a slightly unhealthy fascination with cameras.

The next few posts here, maybe more than a few, will be about my cameras and my relationship with photography and videography.  Many of the major events in my life involved cameras, either directly or indirectly.  I'm going to show you pictures of some of my collection, and when I can, post photos or video shot with them.

What's great about cameras right now is that all kinds of technology falls into the economic sweet spot known as 'dirt cheap'.  Analog tape cameras are easy to find at thrift stores for next to nothing.  Standard definition digital, while not quite Goodwill material yet, is easy to find on eBay or at yard sales.  Even hi def is cheap if you're willing to overlook mass produced plastic optics.  What an amazing future we live in!

And film cameras?  SLR's that sold for literally thousands of dollars just 10 years ago are sold for next to nothing now.  I don't shoot much film anymore, since I'm incredibly cheap, but that doesn't mean I'll pass up a chance to use pro level gear if I can buy it for the right price.

I rarely buy cameras simply to use them.  I like unusual ones, or ones that bring back a memory or two.  My collection isn't huge, but every camera I own has a story and I'll share those, too, as I tell you about them.  We've all heard that anything posted on the internet will live forever.  I'm counting on that.

Fall in Indiana is a great time for photos and video, so look for my first self-indulgent camera post in a few days. 

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