There was a time, at least in my sphere, when going on a photowalk to see what you could encounter and visualise what photographs you may and then make them was seen as a solitary pursuit. In more recent times however ...
One of the very best 21mm lenses ever made is the Zeiss Biogon 21mm f2.8 designed for the Contax G Series of cameras. In a world where superlatives are vastly overused and thus devalued, this lens is genuinely stunning.
Film is photography and photography is film; in so many ways this is a self evident truth. Yes, It is drawing with light of a three dimensional subject as two dimensional image on a light sensitive medium. However, with film you use the light to burn the image directly into the medium itself.
I have an approach to the photographic art which can best be defined as going walkabout with my vision switched on and my camera in hand. It fits perfectly with my genre of photography, that of representing the genius loci of places I like to explore.
Alone with myself. On my own in splendid solitude. That is one of the joys of photography, behind the camera I am lost in contemplation, in the moment, focussed entirely on my craft and my subject even in a crowded room or in a busy street - suspended in time in my own creative world.
When I manage to make a photograph that is pleasing to my eye, for whatever reason, and I sit and admire its tones, textures, shapes, forms, use of light and all the rest of the gubbins then often a sobering thought will cross my mind.
I have been on a bit of a technology peregrination over the past few years from film to digital then back to film then a return to digital and now home to film again with a few trips, sidesteps, stumbles, diversions and blind alleys along the way. All getting in the way of the simple practice of photography.