We’ve all been there before…stuck in a photographic rut, uninspired by our photos, a little down on this little hobby of ours. Local photographer Johnson Johnson has figured out a surefire way to escape the doldrums–he goes for a photowalk.
This isn’t just any ole photowalk though. Johnson goes with a mission; to prove that he’s got the baddest photography kit around.
“I love jumping on the train and heading to Times Square in New York,” says Johnson. “I bring the Billingham Hadley Pro stuffed with my Leica M kit – two bodies, one with the 24mm f/1.4 Summilux M, and the other with the 75mm f/2.0 APO Summicron M. On an autumn day, I’ll accessorize with my favorite waxed cotton jacket.”
“I love feeling superior to all of the plebes with their DSLRs and mirrorless cameras. Most of them have got little more than kit zooms with them; I bet they’ve never even removed the lens LOL. Never mind the point-and-shoot and smartphones. They’re not even trying. I pity them.”
“Every once in a while, I’ll come upon a shooter that thinks he’s the big dog; he’s got his padded Lowepro backpack and is hoisting a Canon 5Diii or Nikon D800 with a 24-70 F2.8 zoom. I’ll nonchalantly flash my kit, and then pretend as if I’m reaching into my bag to pull out a lens that costs more than his whole kit. I’ll mumble “Did I bring the Noctilux?” just loud enough so that he can hear me, and he’ll invariably slink off, defeated.” Encounters like this make Johnson want to roar like a lion king, but he’s classier than that; he tweets his victories to his 25 followers.
Thus re-energized, Johnson heads home to review his obviously superior photos. Sometimes, when he’s feeling frisky, he’ll update his avatar. Tonight, it’s a picture of him with his gear spread out on the table before him as if they were jewels.