Photo of the Week – June 18th, 2014

The Lubitel gave me the opportunity to rediscover film photography. I never understood why film and digital photography can’t co-exist, even in the 21st century (apart from economic reasons, obviously). Like vinyl does for music, film forces you to get more involved. Why this type of film? Why this camera? How to scan, how to print? Cumbersome to many people, but ultimately so much more rewarding, challenging and exciting. Millions of people take photographs on digital cameras, and most of these photographs land on some SD card, computer folder, or CD, rarely to be looked at again.
With film, you strive for an end result: a developed roll (ideally at home!), a print.

So this spring, I went all in, and bought myself a Leica, an M6.
While the Leica is seen as the ultimate street photographer’s tool, the performance and handling are so amazing (I’m trying to stop myself from writing the word ‘perfect’) that it can be used for literally everything and anything: Nature. Portraits. Abstract photography.
I haven’t had time yet to scan in many images from one of the rolls I shot recently… But soon enough there should be plenty more images to come, also from my time in the South of France.

Two Trees in black and white, shot on Ilford Delta 400 with a Leica M6.
Two Trees in black and white, shot on Ilford Delta 400 with a Leica M6.
Why this shot? The grey tones demonstrate how wonderful film can render our world. Soft, yet so sharp. Contrasty, yet atmospheric. It works kind of as a preview, or teaser. Not only for potential readers of this blog, but also for myself. It makes me excited to use the camera, to go out and shoot! and to see future results.

 

My Leica M6
My Leica M6

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