Have you ever had one of those days when you just felt like you didn't get anything done? If like I was trudging through knee-deep sand for most of the day. Sure, I took out the recycling and cleaned the bathroom. I read the news and wrote a blog post. I met with my friend, Ian, to discuss, among other topics, his book on food and Day of the Dead which was supposed to be here by now but is stuck in a shipping container in the port of Los Angeles. And that's really a shame because it's an absolutely beautiful book and it's filled with something like 500 photographs from Mexico. Here's a lot of info on the book: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/rionuevo/dining-with-the-dead-a-day-of-the-dead-cookbook
After I got back home I fiddled around with cameras and reconsidered ground I'd already considered settled. Yeah, yeah. We're still working under the presumption that the travel kit going to be the two Fuji X100V cameras but that sneaky Leica SL2 keeps trying to insinuate itself into the backpack, along with a couple of its batteries, and a lens or two. I think I had too much caffeine today and it's messing with the "make smart choices" part of my brain.
Anyway...here are some more photos of my friend Michelle. She's considering working with a talent agency in Chicago that specializes in more "mature" women; a niche that's incredibly popular in the U.S. these days. I guess the marketing people finally figured out that women make something like 82% of the day-to-day buying decisions for their families now. And I guess they figured out that the ones with the best stocked wallets are not the ones who are currently 19 and dancing to videos on Tik-Tok.
I'm getting excited about my vacation. I don't usually take vacations. Seem unproductive to me. But I'm finally convinced that taking real, authentic downtime is actually healthy and good. Something about delivering perspective. I could use some.
When I had coffee with Ian today we discussed the huge, huge inventory of used cameras and lenses Precision Camera currently has amassed (he works there). It seems like one of the biggest problems for photo retailers of all sizes is that they just can't get new product to sell. The stories are getting tiny allocations of product instead of the quantity they've asked for. Batteries for Canon cameras are "almost non-existent" and it's been like that for months.
The used cameras are inventory they can readily get from customers who want to trade in old product in partial payment for new. The margin on used equipment is higher, the selling prices are substantially lower than new gear and there's brisk demand.
The hottest sellers right now? Film cameras. Mostly 1980's and 1990's film cameras. They fly off the shelves. Many selling at higher prices than they commanded when new. Why? They are becoming scarce and specific models are becoming harder to find. It's amazing turn of events.
Maybe someday that Canonet I keep writing about will be worth thousands of dollars... I can dream, right?
And every time the store sells a film camera they create a new customer for film. And processing. And printing, etc. It's a nicely profitable circle.
I know Eric is still shooting film. I wonder how many other VSL readers do the same?