F*ck the past

As has been said so many times by so many people, those who forget the past are condemned to repeat it. I doubt this young lady had that quote in mind when she purchased this jacket.

Apparently wearing clothes, particularly jackets and T-shirts, with English expressions on them is considered high fashion in Japan. Other countries too it seems. But often times, if not always, the wearers have no idea of what’s written on their clothing.

I recently saw a photo of a young girl of maybe 14 or 15 wearing a T-shirt that said “I’m a whore!” I’m sure neither she nor her parents had the slightest idea what she was proclaiming so proudly across her chest. Life is funny sometimes.

This photo was taken with a Fujifilm X100F, and is the B&W jpeg file out of the camera, cropped and tweaked slightly in Lightroom CC.

Fujifilm X100F

The Fuji X100F has finally arrived. This is the camera that many folks, myself included, have been waiting for. I started with the X100 back in 2011, have used most of the X-series cameras that were introduced since, and was really hoping to see a camera with the power of the X-Pro2 in an X100 body. And now here it is.

When it comes to the X100F, the only real decision to be made is which color to get, silver or black. Black is decidedly the cool, sexy option, and my own favorite, but the silver one has a very classic, film-camera look to it, and is probably the one that will attract the least amount of attention on the street. For whatever reason, people seem to be less intimidated by someone carrying a film camera than someone with a digital camera. I’m not sure why, but I suspect that the digital camera, with its almost direct connection to the Internet, gives people the feeling that they’re being spied on or something. Whereas a film camera implies more of a snapshot image to be placed in a photo album or hung on the wall. I do know that in my years of wandering the streets with a camera, the cameras that either were or looked like film cameras were the ones that would prompt people to ask me about them.

I haven’t had a chance to get out and shoot with my new toy yet, but as soon as I do, I’ll be talking about it more here. I won’t write a review, because that’s already been done more and better than I could ever do it. I’ll just write about my experience using the camera, and how I think it affects my shooting. I’ll be back later with my comments on using the new Fuji X100F.