From the Archive: Self-Portrait

Hard at Work, 2006

Today was a national holiday celebrating the creation of the Korean alphabet in the middle of the 15th century by King Sejong the Great and his scholars. I suppose lots of children participated in writing activities (I have no idea, really), but I took the opportunity to go through photos on my hard drive and in my binders. I sorted photos from 2006 on my hard drive by subject instead of date, and I went through all my 8×10 prints to decide what to keep and what to get rid of. I kept less than half of my prints. Some of you are probably crying, “You should never throw away prints!”, but, believe me, some prints are just begging to be in the bin. I seem to have gone through some phases where I was printing everything at 8×10.

For the above photo, I set my Nikon FM3a on a tripod or a chair, set the timer, and then pretended to be asleep on the job.


I like my Fujifilm X-T3 because of its size and the film simulations. I like my Nikon D810 because I can make 5:4 ratio photographs with it. If only I could get them together.

The Fujifilm GF-X cameras are almost the perfect solution. They have the great Fuji look and offer many aspect ratios, including 5:4. But they are bigger than the X-series cameras and, more importantly, I can’t afford one.

Oh, well. The X-T3’s square photos are kind of nice . . . .