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City & Travel

The moment this camera was delivered to my house, I signed for the package, and tore open the box. There she was—the newest OM-D E-M10 Mark IV*.
Such a small, yet beautifully designed camera that seemed to exude confidence and strength.

I couldn’t wait to take the little beauty out in the city to see what she was capable of doing. The first feeling that hit me was familiarity, like an old friend I hadn’t seen for years, but our conversations flowed like they had never stopped—that’s what it felt like. Instinctively, I found every setting I needed to shoot just the way I like. A major reason behind this is the "quick menu" Olympus uses, with every adjustment I need in one clear layout. In addition, even though the camera is very small, it fits in my hand like a glove. It just seems to hang with ease, with a strong grip without having to squeeze—it just fits. That is something that many other smaller cameras cannot deliver.

When I was working with the E-M10 Mark IV, I was also finishing a street art project in my hometown of The Hague: a portrait of my partner that works from two different perspectives. Having the camera with me while painting was a blessing as documentation was never that easy or fun. The 5-axis Image Stabilisation is a lifesaver. During dark and cold nights, by using the image stabilisation system, I could still shoot from the hand on relatively low ISO, keeping the atmosphere of the night intact, as opposed to blasting it away with flashes. Also, because of its small size, it was never in the way, but always there when needed.

Its size is something I come back to a lot; it just amazes me how much camera Olympus managed to stick in this tiny body. The E-M10 Mark IV, an M.Zuiko Digital ED 8mm F1.8 Fisheye PRO, a 17mm F1.8, and a 45mm F1.8, and I’ve got everything I need for just about any photo situation — all packed in one small fanny pack. Whether I am intentionally hunting for new street photography, working on new murals or just commuting, the setup is so small and light that I can carry these everywhere without them getting in the way.

And that is exactly the essence of good street photography. It’s a lot like love. If you look for it, you will not find it, but true love will find you. The same goes with street photography — my best pictures were taken when I was not planning to shoot. If I were still carrying my old big camera, I would have left it at home on those days, and my portfolio would therefore look very different. That in turn would have meant that I would not be shooting the big campaigns I am able to shoot now, or have my permanent exhibition in the Dutch Royal Theatre and even this article. They would not exist if I had not made the decision to switch to these smaller formats.

Pretty crazy how even the small things in life can have such a huge impact, right?

And for anyone in doubt or sceptical, with these same systems, I regularly shoot campaign posters for the Dutch National Theatre, and believe me, the photos from these little beasts look fantastic on a billboard.

Author & Photographer: Gordon Meuleman

* As of August 2020

All images shot with the following equipment