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declutter: Simplifying my life

Decluttering has rich dividends. Every year I spend 4 to 6 days exclusively with nature, just as the Indian monsoon kicks in. The air is fresh with the scent of first rains and nature begins to transform from the browns of the summer to the greens of the rains.

This is a time when the cellphone is off the network, emails remain miles away and practically all of technology (cameras, tablets..) are given a go by. Time almost comes to a standstill. And relishing every moment of the day with my wife of 13 years and three kids becomes second nature.

declutter (diːˈklʌtə):

vb: to simplify or get rid of mess, disorder, complications, etc (eg: declutter your life).
This year, like every year, we took off in June. And it was Zen with nature!
The time out there in the wildlife sanctuary with an orchestra of frogs and crickets each night under the stars gave me a chance to look back at my evolution as a multimedia producer. I saw how I’ve grown from a purely stills photojournalist to now almost exclusively doing video for organisations like Euronews TV. And I evaluated the path I’ve tread on this fantastic journey.
Sometime at the beginning of this year, I made a decision to buy the Canon C100 – a splendid video camera. The more I thought of it, the more I realised this single decision was significant in the journey. In a sense, it sealed the transformation from pure photojournalist to video journalist. This is a pure video camera unlike the Canon 5D MkIII and 7D that I also own which are still cameras that take beautiful video.
Amazing what a “C” can do!
Once this realisation kicked in, there in that wildlife sanctuary, I knew it was time to pull the plug, in a sense. It was time to simplify, to take stock of the loads of gear I have accumulated in my journey over the years and focus on the role of video in a bigger way.
Back home, I’ve begun the process of setting up an exclusive video editing suite for myself. In the process, I also made the decision to let go of the surplus gear to try and simplify and focus on what it is I like to do and want to do. And so the Independence Sale, aptly coinciding with India’s Independence Day.
Stone tomb
Stone tomb with the surplus in life
Some of the gear I’m letting go is purely stills focused, stuff I’ve now moved away from. Others I feel I have no need of right now, given my style and areas of work. So if any of these items of gear may be of use to you who are on the journey as I am, I do hope it would help to you.
For more on the gear on sale, head to my facebook profile: https://www.facebook.com/gasperdesouza
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