View Camera Backpacking Adventure

This weekend I will be backpacking Humphreys Peak (The tallest mountain in Arizona which is 12,600 ft tall!) and I ‘m bringing a 4×5 field view camera. It’s going to be an amazing experience, however, I’m nervous about bringing the extra weight and freezing to death! The high this weekend will be 28 degrees and I don’t even want to know of how low the low will be! I didn’t think of this until now, but, I wonder if the icy cold temperature will effect the film I’m going to use. I’ll be shooting with Illford iso 100. I guess time will tell. Here’s a cool video so you can get a sense of where I’ll be shooting. I’ll get pictures up as soon as I can!

 

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“The Camera Cannot Lie, Neither Can It Tell The Truth. It Can Only Transform.” – Johnathan Greene

This quote from Johnathan Greene’s American Photography, really resonates with me. Sometimes it puts my mind at ease, but most of the time I become more confused. I understand the world differently through the lens of a camera… I see that in my photographs, but for a while I thought I was gaining some level of truth. Now, I question if what I gain from photography is a different reality. A different sliver in time represented in an artistic form. That is frustrating to me and I often times find myself believing what I see in my pictures.

However, the trasnformative relationship photography has with the world is incredible. I admire it dearly and know this quality is what guides me through understanding many things and experiences in this world.