day 143: don’t be afraid
Today I saw a documentary on William Eggleston and I was surprised. I knew some of his pictures, but never knew his name. What was surprising to me was that his pictures have, what I have been meaning to achieve for years. There is a level of banal everyday-ness about them, but they have something utterly disturbing about too. As if he manages to show what it would be like to come as an alien to the neighbourhood. His subjects are boring, American, suburban, normal, but then there is something special to them. A glint in the eyes, a serendipitous prop, a colour hue that makes you stop for a moment and then you wonder how a picture with a cut off person at the edge can be so incredibly good. It’s quite hard to figure out what makes these pictures so special. I kept thinking “There must be some kind of trick to it, what is it”? At some point I will have to get one of his books and stare at his pictures for a few hours to figure it out.
And then there was a moment in the documentary where you saw the collection of old camera bodies he owned. There were 19 old film camera bodies of the same type and I knew that part of his work was shot with a Leica. The thought of 19 Leica bodies is just maddening considering that I’m far from even being able to afford one. Now, after looking through images of camera bodies I at least know that these are definitely not 19 Leica M series camera bodies, thank god, the equipment envy would have been too much to bear! Well, it’s that time of the month again. Not what you think, no, it’s just that every few weeks I look at the current prices of Leica M series cameras and cry a little. Boy can you see a difference in the pictures though! I follow a few Leica photographers and the colours and contrasts are just amazing. Comparing a silly point and shoot camera with my Canon EOS 450D makes a real difference. I’d say the difference between my camera and a Leica M series is just as big. However, with my current finances my obsession with the Leica M series is just like dreaming of a Porsche.
I need a rich sponsor … any takers?