My first roll of film from the Ricoh GR1V came back okay, despite being mostly pictures of my school, girlfriend, and coffee cups, lol. ( That’s not to mention the “Lucky 100” Chinese film and the back street developer. )
The first ever frame with the GR1V was this one though. Next to my school. I only had a minute. One of the reasons I originally became interested in the GR was because one of my favourite photographers, Daido Moriyama famously uses them. I wanted my first frame to be reminiscent of him. There were lots of people about, but none of them seemed as interesting as this sign which I have passed countless times yet never noticed.
Generally speaking, Moriyama’s style and mine are quite different. What I like most about his work is the flow. You can feel his steps, and see what he sees. You can smell what he smells and hear what he hears. I like that.
I bought this camera not much thinking about these things. I thought it can’t be much different than the GR Digital I had often used. It is though. There’s no LCD to look into. There’s nothing to take you away from what you see and hear. You just walk. Shooting is secondary to experiencing. It’s secondary to living. I think Moriyama’s photos, while being far removed from reality, are more real in this sense to any documentary photograph. You don’t see the photograph, but experience it.