I've got my Nikon F loaded with ISO 100 color negative film. I have an ancient 50mm 1.4 Nikkor latched on to the front. I'm headed out the door to walk around my city and see what's new since last time. While it's very un-Zen-like of me I do have a goal that's more like a consistent, subconscious pulse. I'd like to see who is out there. The portrait subjects I've worked with over the years of doing this for myself generally are strangers that I've met somewhere. Something about them (a kind of beauty that falls outside the American mainstream?) that is different and hard to describe helps to guide me to meet them and invite them to sit for a portrait. Not everyone wants to participate and I understand that. But you'll never see who's out there unless you spend some time looking.
I don't know what or whom I will find today. I don't know if I'll even click a frame. But the process of walking (good exercise for the body and the brain) will be fun and I'll stop in at all the places that make us feel welcome.
When I come back to the studio I have to confront the renovation I'm about to embark on. I'm trying to get rid of as many useless treasures as I can. Empty camera boxes, extra filing cabinets the contents of which could be compressed into other filing cabinets or discarded. Papers from decades ago. Prints I've come to hate and a curious assortment of black picture frames that take up way too much space.
I've replaced the air conditioning and that's made me want to repaint the interior of my space for the first time in fifteen years. That means everything has to come down off the walls and up off the floor. All the ghastly, giant filing cabinets have to be moved out from the walls. Another coat of white paint. And while we're painting I guess it makes sense to repaint the red door to the studio. It's looking worn, faded and (thanks to my little dog) well scratched. After we paint I'll add a kick plate that I bought years ago as a prop....
No wonder I'd rather go and wander the streets with an ancient camera, a pocket full of film and an incident light meter. Looking for my next portrait subject.