I am from Australia, but am taking an extended break and will soon be venturing aimlessly around the world by bicycle. My last four or five years of photography have been almost exclusively film based as I have enjoyed the process of shooting on the street in B&W and home processing and scanning. However, this is practically impossible while travelling for extended periods of time by bicycle (and more importantly, without possibility of backing up on the road) so I recently invested in an M9; the choice made easy based on the fact that it maintains almost all of the joy of the photographic process I feel while shooting my M6, including its limitations in low light!
Everything I love about film still stands, and always will, however the detail I am able to easily reproduce in the large RAW digital files has been an entirely positive part of the transition, and no where more so than recently on the busy streets of Kathmandu. I recall the joy of printing my favourite photographs in my makeshift darkroom (the bathroom) and finding extra detail and depth in images that were not present in the scanned negative; I felt the same way when peaking at the images while I hastily backed them up on my iPad while in Nepal. There’s so much to see outside of the subject and after roaming Kathmandu for three days I found myself peering endlessly into each image for that hidden secret – the balance weights, the staircase leading to an unknown destination, the headless chicken, the lone lightbulb, the wooden blocks used as pedals and the precisely manicured facial hair; they are all in these images.
It makes me think that almost any photo I took over those days, no matter how mundane, will tell a story if I take the time to look!