Portraits with the Fuji X-Pro1 – Reflections on the X Series
Collected here are portraits I have taken with my beloved Fuji X-Pro1, not loads but enough to have a look at what I have created with my X-Series camera.
I say reflections in my title as I have been looking back on almost 2 years of Fuji X-Pro1 ownership and have been analysing where I stand with it now. When I first got the camera I was overwhelmed, it was amazing, the design, the old school external controls that made picture taking intuitive and reminiscent of my days with film. I was urging everyone to get one, (I really would urge everyone to get one)…
Recently however something has changed, I still love the X-Pro1, its design and its ease of use. Nothing has changed with the camera, the change has happened in me, the way I view the Fuji and the quality of work I produce with it. The X-Pro1 has become the camera I take when I feel lazy, or when I feel a job is a quick job, a job that requires less effort. We all know there are no jobs like this, that all jobs are equal in terms of effort and skill. Psychologically for me the Fuji has become a tool to be a bit lazy, it started off as the saviour of my inspiration, a tool that got me back to shooting a lot but these days it represents something less and the quality of my output has stuttered. I have built a psychological association with the the X-Pro1 as somehow being the light option,the lesser option. Its perceived benefits have become its weaknesses in my strange mind. I find it so weird how this has happened, I still love the design and the function but I have reinforced my own thoughts with my actions and have suffered the consequences.
This has nothing at all to do with the Fuji X-Pro1 but everything to do with me and where I am with what I am doing.
I have the opportunity now to exchange my whole kit for an old Phase One Digital back, I will pair it with my old Mamyia RZ and get back to heavy and slow and see where that takes me. A shift in the process of creation is maybe what keeps things fresh. The Fuji X-Pro1 is an amazing camera as I am sure the X-T1 is, but I must move on for now I feel…
Enjoy my Portraits: