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My Love-Hate Relationship with the Nikon D90

Monday, July 13th, 2015

In late 2008 my wallet opened for a brand new Nikon D90 with a kit lens. A few months later I bought a Nikon “nifty fifty” 50mm f1.8 prime lens and put the kit lens in a cupboard. I made a lot of pictures with that camera. I still own it. It’s just never really made me smile. In some ways, the DSLR is too bloody easy to get a good-enough something. Sharp. Fast. Pictures.

I put that Nikon D90 aside in 2010 and purchased a cheap-arsed beat up 30-year-old Zenza Bronica ETRS medium format film camera. And the next year I picked up a late 1970s Nikon F2A Photomic for shooting 135 film. I have a few other film cameras laying about, but these are my main squeezes. The move to film was a profound shift around what I was beginning to consider a good picture, rather than crisp, sharp and smacking of modernity. I bulk load the 135 film from 100′ rolls, process the film in a Paterson Developing Tank and scan the negatives onto a computer. I have darkroom gear, but not quite everything that I need. That’ll happen. Eventually.

So before anybody runs around in circles screaming “Film Apostle” into their social media megaphone … I’m not a nostalgist. I enjoy old things. Only I’m not a nostalgist. My interest in cameras is primarily about qualities of the pictures that I want to create and I tend to draw away from people who are all about the cameras or the technologies. I just want the qualities of a certain style of picture. And that style and type of picture seems to be intrinsically based around film.

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Greek Debt & the Sunk Cost Obsession

Sunday, July 5th, 2015

In the 1950s Germany had debt at 25 per cent of GDP (Gross Domestic Product) and the major lenders of that debt opted to let half of the debt go. Countries that let Germany off the hook included Greece, Spain, Pakistan, Egypt, the United States, the United Kingdom and France. This was public and private debt accrued before and after World War 2 that stood in the way of a rebuilt and stronger Germany. Greece needs the same strategy.

The current ratio of debt to GDP in Greece is at a ridiculous 177 per cent. While austerity as an economic panacea as espoused by Carmen Reinhart and Kenneth Rogoff is pretty well disproven. Although austerity measures still seem to dominate the minds of economists who have had careers espousing the austerity paradigm. In short, austerity isn’t the cure. Slowing down an economy isn’t going to fix it.

And if Greece has the little money it generates heading offshore as interest payments on further accruing debt then how can Greece rebuild a healthy economy? Is it about Greek debt? Or having collectors go around to break some legs?

Think of this as a simple business problem. A sunk cost problem.

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The Geometry of Light

Saturday, July 4th, 2015

This old house used to be a maternity hospital. My office / studio space is upstairs. This loft space has four windows (two on each side). A lot of the room is lost to the angles of the roof and it’s easy to bump my head. Fortunately, I’m height challenged… possibly gnomish. Even semi-dwarfish if you watch Game of Thrones and want to imagine me as a mystical (but heroic) whoring drunkard with a tadpole of conscience. Right above my computer this light plays out in the shifting geometry of light and shadow.

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My name is Steven Clark and I live in the Derwent Valley in Southern Tasmania. I have an MBA (Specialisation) and a Bachelor of Computing from the University of Tasmania. I'm a mazer & a yeast farmer (making beer, fruit wine and mead as by-products of continuous improvement in my farming practices). I'm a photographer, although my film cameras are currently silent. I do not tolerate idiots. I do not tolerate bigotry. I do not tolerate excuses. Let's be clear, if you sit with my enemies you my are my enemy for life.

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