“The single most important component of a camera is the twelve inches behind it.”
– Ansel Adams
When asked what camera he used, Walker Evans tapped his temple with his index finger and said, “It’s not the camera, it’s…” Evans did this because he knew photographers make photos, not cameras. No matter what, the type of camera can never make up for creativity, patience or skill.
Dash Snow shot Polaroids because he wanted the resulting images to seem cheap and disposable. Chase Jarvis published an entire book of photos snapped on his iPhone, fittingly titled, The Best Camera is the One That’s With You. It doesn’t matter much to me if a photograph is low resolution or out of focus. Crappy cameras inspire me because of their limitations and I prefer when things are left open to chance.
Personally, I think photographer Oscar Fernando Gómez Rodríguez has it right: “Don’t worry about technique or what camera to buy,” he says. “Feel what you feel and translate it to the image.”