Downgraded is a series shot entirely on a Canon Rebel XS and it’s 18-55 kit lens – a highly accessible and cost efficient duo. I started this series after a break from my main lens and subsequently having to “downgrade” to my Rebel rather than shooting on my main camera.
The message behind Downgraded is that equipment should never be used as an excuse for not creating and growing as an artist. Equipment is only a tool. Great artists use the tools that they have, and with a great understanding of their craft, their tools, and their limitations, learn how to work with what they have to create. “Upgrading” can make some things easier to achieve, but only if you have the skills to achieve them in the first place. You first need to understand the limitations, and how to work within them, how to see within it. Downgraded is about believing in yourself, and doing yourself the favor of fostering that creativity.
I believe everyone is capable of creating beautiful, heart-stopping art, but that sometimes we rely far too much on what’s in our hands instead of what’s controlling it – and that’s you. At the end of the day, it comes down to what you can SEE, IMAGINE, and CREATE.