When I think of the great master photographers who have inspired me, I rarely think about their gear. The great Cartier-Bresson –it has been drummed into my head–shot mostly with his trusted Leica and 50mm lens. Those of you familiar with this blog, know that I’m a Nikon guy who understands the equipment I use are tools, yet I have a strange fascination and appreciation for gear as art object /wonder of technology.
So when I stumbled upon this little piece in the Wall Street Journal I felt a little better about my guilty obsession with the tools I use to create. Turns out Mr. Eggleston is a bit of a gear lover himself, stockpiling his mostly Canon and Leica cameras to the tune of “I have about 300 right now”. From classic chrome bodies to rare, custom-painted Leicas in blue, green and gray.
When you have such a collection, no ordinary container should cart the cameras around. You can see in the picture above, one of the three cases he customized and retrofitted along with a woodworking friend from a leather briefcase bought at a Memphis shop.
I guess my own “gear problem” that my wife often winks at (I have many problems– photo book problem, camera bag problem…it goes on) isn’t as bad as I thought.
*Small Print: It’s still about the photographs.