Richard Koci Hernandez

Street | Last Updated: November 17, 2020

As a street photographer, my philosophy has become if it can’t fit in my pocket, it’s not worth bringing. You’ll notice quite deliberately absent from my photograph is an actual “camera” bag, that’s because I don’t carry my “cameras” in a bag, I put them in my pocket.

In fact, there is only one item here that traditionalists would even consider a “camera” and that’s my trusty Ricoh GR Digital. It doesn’t get a lot of use as my primary camera is my iPhone, but I bring it with me and use it usually for low light situations where the iPhone just won’t work. I love its sharpness, clarity and specifically the quick snap shutter that surprisingly doesn’t have that horrible shutter lag of most point and shoot cameras and that’s probably the main reason it stays in my back pocket.

Yes, I carry three iPhones with me at all times. I really don’t see it any differently than a photographer who carries a few bodies with them on assignment. Not to mention, they range in model and actually have very different characteristics. I love using my iPhone 3G as a kind of a digital Holga.

The other two cameras the iPhone 5 and the iPhone 5S actually have a mobile phone feature which I find quite convenient for camera, :-) I generally carry two simply for backup reasons and while I have extra battery packs, like the Mophie, I actually prefer not to carry those and just carry extra bodies.

Finally, the newest edition to my camera kit are my Google glasses. You can call me a Glasshole, I don’t really care, because having a camera basically mounted near my eye that snaps when I wink is just f’ing awesome. I generally don’t wear them in social situations and have found them extremely useful for snapping images on the street. The quality is actually surprisingly good despite a lower megapixel count than an iPhone.


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  1. Deirdre on April 7, 2015 at 12:41 am

    Goes to show what I tell everyone, it’s not the tools it’s the person behind them. I did an entire fine art show using images from my Holga. I printed them in colour with large borders on them in 16×20 when I worked in a pro lab. People couldn’t believe that I used a plastic camera at the time and thought the light leaks were “Photoshopped in” on purpose.

  2. Lorraine Chambers on May 31, 2014 at 2:27 pm

    Inspiring and informative glimpse into a pro’s tools. Thank you. P.S. Watching your documentary on KCET. Great story. You are very articulate. Congratulations for your successes.

  3. Jason on February 25, 2014 at 12:20 pm

    Just wondering what apps you use on your iphones for your photos? Great Shots!

  4. Jason on February 25, 2014 at 1:51 am

    What photography apps do you use on your iPhones?

  5. Jeremy on February 21, 2014 at 5:48 am

    Stunning work!

  6. Govinda Rumi on February 21, 2014 at 12:45 am

    Love your pictures. And love the ricoh GR! :D

  7. John Vinny Marquez on February 18, 2014 at 7:33 am

    Nice pics! I also love your minimalist approach to photography. :)

  8. Janice Hackney on February 14, 2014 at 12:42 am

    The only thing missing for me would be a iPad mini, only because of old eyes and small phones. Otherwise, this is so great to travel so light. :)

  9. koci on February 13, 2014 at 5:06 am

    @jim thanks for the kinds words!

  10. Jim Turner on February 12, 2014 at 12:21 pm

    Great b&w photos! I totally agree w/your philosophy – “if it can’t fit in my pocket it’s not worth bringing”. I think you’d love my Pentax (Ricoh) “walk-around street kit (shown here):

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