Hi Patrick, just wanted to say I'm a big fan of your photos! Just had a couple questions. First, how do you pick what camera you shoot certain subjects with? And also what do you think of the voigtlander lenses? I've been looking into getting one but not sure about the quality compared to other Leica lenses, but your photos make the quality look great nonetheless. Thanks!!
I almost always leave the house with my Olympus XA and if I’m going out to take pictures specifically, a medium format TLR will almost always be with me, but picking the right camera(s) is definitely the most neurotic part of my “photographic process.” I’m leaving on a trip to California in a few days and deciding what cameras to bring along is going to be a challenge. I like having a variety of options but I don’t want to be weighed down too much by lugging too many things along, especially since I often end up not using everything anyway. So… I don’t really have a good answer for you on that one.
I’ve never used a modern/expensive Leica lens. I have several older ones from the 50s and 60s that are excellent. Cosina Voigtlander lenses are the only modern M and LTM mount lenses I’ve used and I’ve been happy with every one I’ve owned and/or tried. At this point, I don’t think there’s much question about the excellence of CV lenses in terms of their optics. It seems like people often focus on build quality when comparing Leica and CV glass. I would hope the build quality for Leica lenses would be absolutely amazing, given the cost, and I’m sure it is, but I don’t particularly want to walk around Baltimore or many other places with such expensive gear around my neck. Cosina Voigtlander has made shooting with rangefinders affordable, for people like me, so I’m definitely a fan.
“In a society that believes in nothing, fear becomes the only agenda. Whilst the 20th century was dominated between a conflict between a free-market Right and a socialist Left, even though both of those outlooks had their limitations and their problems, at least they believed in something. Whereas what we are seeing now is a society that believes in nothing. And a society that believes in nothing is particularly frightened by people who believe in any thing. And, therefore, we label those people as “fundamentalists” or “fanatics” and they have much greater purchase in terms of the fear that they instill in society than they truly deserve. But that’s a measure of how much we have become isolated and atomized rather than of their inherent strength.”—Bill Durodié
[Joseph] Weizenbaum wrote a book in the 1970s that said that the only way you were going to get a world of thinking machines was not by making computers become like humans. Instead you would have to do the opposite - somehow persuade humans to simplify themselves, and become more like machines.
But others argued that, in the age of the self, what Weizenbaum had invented was a new kind of mirror for people to explore their inner world. A space where individuals could liberate themselves and explore their feelings without the patronising elitism and fallibility of traditional authority figures.
When a journalist asked a computer engineer what he thought about having therapy from a machine. He said in a way it was better because ‘after all, the computer doesn’t burn out, look down on you, or try to have sex with you.’