When I was a kid my dad had a little old camera. I just played with it but never thought to be using this one because it only worked with film. After I got older, I always think back to my father’s retro camera. When I moved to Sweden I bought a simple Fuji 100x. This time it was really good for me because I just wanted to learn some tricks and nourish my skills as a photographer and artist.
I never read any book or similar. I had my goals and objectives every day and the main one was to take 10 pictures. But the eye was really important. The idea was not to take pictures of food or similar things. Another goal for me was to use the camera timer because I wanted to be in the picture as well. I know that in the new generations of cameras, there’s wifi and log of new things.
My first encounter with Leica was 3 years ago. I just borrowed a Leica M-P for week and it was then when I started to feel an urgent need to have one. The most important aspect was not the camera itself; it was the balance among subjects, elements and colors in the picture. All images had a type of feeling that made me want to see more. After saving for more than a year, I finally purchased a Leica M9. Even though I was conscious the Leica M9 was a little bit too old, I immediately thought to myself I wanted to upgrade to the Leica M (Typ 240).
I ended up keeping both cameras, because I feel both cameras complement the craft. The Leica M (Typ 240)’s back screen is like an iPhone and I believe everyone wants an immediate feedback of how the image looks by looking at the screen, and how to make it better. When I take a picture I just enjoy shooting and don’t want to look instantly. Now, I’m saving every year to purchase more lenses and expand my equipment.
The lenses I currently use are: Summilux 50mm f 1.4 ASPH., Summicron-M 35mm f/2 ASPH.
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