Part documentary, part story, Fidelity Format’s ‘The Cameras We Bring,’ is 3 minutes of photography romance, with a dose of sentimentality. For every one of us who have had a camera passed down to us, or have formed some other real attachment to a piece of equipment, Valeriie Lin, and this video, speaks to us. We tend to purchase and carry particular cameras not arbitrarily, but with keen specificity.
The choice can be based in prejudice and be very personal, but usually not capricious. However, the cameras we keep with us most, tend to be there for the capricious moments in our lives and we can love them all the more for it. The description of the video, perhaps is one of the most brilliant expressions of what a camera is, and does.
The photos we take are an expression of what we’re looking for, not necessarily what we’re looking at. Every camera we use, we use as an extension of who we are.
This Fidelity Format does a really fine job of capturing the introspective, personal side of photography. Lin, addressed well, some of the reasons we choose the gear we choose, and how we choose to use them. The camera itself, for all the talk we like to make about how the gear is not important, does have an element of importance as without it we couldn’t do what we do. It can be incredibly personal. It’s partially I think, why we tend to just keep our old cameras and not get rid of them, and why a loss or destruction of one is particularly painful
Normally, with objects of utility, if something goes wrong with it we generally care from the perspective of the human element. For example, when a plane goes down, we mourn for the souls on board and not the airframe itself. There are occasions though when these objects become a bit more than just machines.
To follow along with the theme here, we can look at Concorde as one such example. When Concorde crashed at Charles de Gaulle in 2000, we mourned for the people, but many also mourned for the loss of the machine. Why? Because Concorde represented something human – an achievement for mankind. Cameras, albeit in a less grandiose scale, can have a similar quality, as they represent something human as well. It could be a memory, a time, an experience, or simply they can act as an anchor to any of those things. I have an old camera which took the first photos of me as a child, and if my house was to burn down, it’s one of the things I would miss the most, even though I hardly use it.
What camera do you have that means the most to you?
Source: PetaPixel, (Images are screen captures from video)