4.03.2011

Spring cleaning. Good for square footage. Good for the brain.


When I undertake a project, like the LED book, I tend to compulsively jump in with both feet.  I feel like ''total immersion" is the only way to really learn a subject.  But as I add new stuff to the mix I find that my limited storage space (literally and metaphorically) fills up quick.  So every once in a while I do a big ole studio purge.  I toss out a lot of stuff.  Things that have good market value go to Precision Camera where they sell them for me on consignment. Other things get pieced out to up and coming, or struggling existing, photographers around town.  Yesterday I took a box full of optical filters and flash brackets to Precision Camera.  Along with a host of batteries I'd collected for cameras I no longer own.

Today I'm feeling especially ruthless.  I'm dragging stuff out of closets and out of tool kits.  I'm determined to minimalist-ize my space and be like one of the those Zen Monks of photography.  But let me tell you, the attachment I feel to some of this (though misplaced) is strong.  Every time I jettison something is symbolic of the passing of one era or another.  And that nostalgia creates sticky webs that slow down the whole process.

Here's what I'm getting rid of today:  A Calumet four foot by six foot softbox (shallow design).   A Photoflex four foot by six foot softbox.  An Alien Bees Ringlight with cords and the "Moon Unit" softbox.  Lots of partially used rolls of different colored seamless paper backgrounds.  An orange shipping tube for lightstands and tripods (Indestructible plastic resin).  A set of pop up reflectors.  Some older light stands.  Maybe another set of Profoto strobes (although those have high stickiness.....)

I'm also throwing out any film from corporate jobs prior to 2001.  Hell, with the exception of my "art" negatives I may just throw it all away.

Only in this way can I make room for the next wave of stuff that's sure to come.  It's just relentless.  But that's what I get from living and participating in the world's greatest consumer culture.

8 comments:

Frank Grygier said...

It is amazing how often we change the stuff it takes to capture, control and shape a part of the electromagnetic spectrum that has been around since the very beginning. Thankfully
solid state lighting will take up less space in future.

Joseph Richardson said...

Ha! Here I am making cardboard snoots and shopping online for cheap modifiers all morning, and you're throwing out the good stuff. But I'm with you on the de-cluttering binge. Purging every now and again feels good.

Anonymous said...

Kirk. Don't cha' just love that righteous feelin' you get when you look at all that space you created? I know I do. Now if I could only find my keys. Steve Willard

Anonymous said...

You mention LED Book - do we know the release date?

Greg said...

Nice picture: a camera is shooting a camera shooting a camera. Cool!

Greg

Mike said...

Want to send the Alien Bees ringlight/Moon Unit my way? I'll put them to good use. Pinky promise.

kirk tuck said...

Mike, When we clean we move fast. Everything's gone and there's a couple hundred pounds of old negatives and slides in the garbage can. Looking forward. Not back. Buckle up.

Jessica said...

Kudos. Getting rid of things is really hard for me. I think that's partly why I like photography: something else to hoard. Socially acceptable, too.