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Chances are that you came to this web page trying to learn more about Edward Kang. The man. The myth. The overvalued tulip bulb. I forgive you. Google stalking is par for the course nowadays. Here, then is my photographic history:
I owned my first camera at the ripe old age of 20, when my parents gave me a Pentax point-and-shoot zoom film camera as a present. That was a pivotal moment in my life. The camera was pretty average, but I took a roll of photographs with that thing every week. I ran C41 process B&W and Slide Film through it. I made rickety lens adapters.
In 1999, I bought myself a Rebel 2000 SLR, an 80-200/f2.8L, 50mm/f1.8 and a 20mm/f2.8 using my meager graduate student stipend. This really opened me up to photography, as I could finally control aperture and shutter speed. I bought a Rolleiflex TLR to try out Medium Format photography.
The Rolleiflex was interesting but burdensome. It was slow to operate and the only advantage I saw in it was the large negatives. So in 2001, I bought an old Sinar F large format camera, which was just as slow to operate as the TLR, but gave me even larger negatives. Wow, that was exciting stuff. Over time, however, it became clear to me that carrying the camera around wasn't for me. I was 24 and the Sinar and I became a sort of anachronism. We eventually parted ways.
In 2002, I bought a Canon D30 digital camera from former clinical psychologist and genocide scholar Alan Jacobs, who had just bought an EOS-1D in order to start photographing Chicago Firefighters. Next came a 135mm/f2.0L lens, and recently in 2006, I bought myself one of the snazzy new wide-angle Sigma zooms.
One of the best pieces of advice I ever received about photography was from a freestyle bicyclist who rode for Standard Byke Company named Bobby Fisher. I was in Knoxville riding with Bobby, Andrew Burleson, Graeme Burke, Jef Damewood, and a few others. Bobby and Jef saw that I wanted to take photographs of everyone riding with my crappy little Pentax. Their advice was simple - get close, get low, and use a fill flash to freeze the motion. The photographs that I got from that trip are still my favorite, and it showed me that in photography, creativity is everything.
By the way, if you know me in real life, stop stalking me online and say hello. Let's talk about photography.