For me, the easiest way to find new subjects is through involvement. For example, I’m in Munich right now, having had a short night’s sleep after attending a live podcasting event yesterday. The organizers were the folks from Bits und so. Among other things, they do a weekly podcast about all things Apple, iOS, Mac, net politics and related matters. Needless to say, I listen in to their podcast every week and when their live event to celebrate their two-hundredth podcast fell into a holiday week for me, I got (won on Twitter, actually) a ticket and booked train fares and hotel accomodation.
Never travel without a camera, of course. I had a vague notion that I wanted to photograph at the event, but still no concept until yesterday morning. Then, when I loaded a roll of film into my Canon F-1 New, a title suddenly popped into my head: “Geeks on Tri-X”.
I know, corny, and more rhyme than reason. The whole thing worked back-asswards, finding that title gave me a concept. With the FD f/1.2 85mm L lens on the F-1 New, I picked faces out of the crowd of somberly-clad geeks.
Tri-X pushed to an E.I. of 1000 worked nicely in conjunction with the fast lens, there were only a few dim corners where I couldn’t have shot hand-held. Of course, I wasn’t the only one photographing, but the only one doing it onto film. Can’t wait to develop and scan them!