Archive for the ‘Leica’ Category

Remembering

March 26, 2008

Chkhutuneti, originally uploaded by Emmanuel Smague.

Lovely shot. Larger here.

Cap:

Fifth anniversary dinner to commemorate the death of the father, Davit, who passed away at the age of 59.

Generation X

March 11, 2008

Untitled, originally uploaded by Emmanuel Smague.

Larger here.

This is the one-thousandth image posted on Picture Post, which seems like a reasonable excuse to reflect.

It’s been pretty hard work keeping the momentum up on top of all the other things going on in my life! I’ve posted an average of between 3 and 4 images a day since I started last May. But it’s been a very pleasurable journey too – for me at least. I hope other people have enjoyed their visits.

Going through the process has made me realise that there’s a LOT of talent out there. Most of it goes unrecognised by the world at large. Not everyone has a name like David Bailey or Damien Hirst – a name that opens wallets and doors. But that is not ultimately what art is about. Art is about expression and communication, and has nothing intrinsically to do with the cult of celebrity. All that cult of celebrity stuff belongs to the age of broadcasting and mass media.

We are witnessing the dawn of a new age: the age of the amateur; fuelled by the digital revolution and the associated democratisation of distribution channels. It is happening everywhere (music, visual art, bookmaking, social networking and blogging to name but a few) but nowhere is it more apparent than in the realm of photography. Digital cameras are now ubiquitous and easy to use. Anyone can publish their photos online. Anyone can, with a bit of dedication and raw talent, become a great photographer.

So, farewell to the gatekeepers and the traditional barriers to entry – and long live photography, a true art form for the masses.

For me the camera is a sketch book, an instrument of intuition and spontaneity, the master of the instant which, in visual terms, questions and decides simultaneously. In order to “give a meaning” to the world, one has to feel involved in what one frames through the viewfinder. This attitude requires concentration, discipline of mind, sensitivity, and a sense of geometry. It is by economy of means that one arrives at simplicity of expression.

To take a photograph is to hold one’s breath when all faculties converge in a face of fleeing reality. It is at that moment that mastering an image becomes a great physical and intellectual joy.

To take a photograph means to recognize – simultaneously and within a fraction of a second– both the fact itself and the rigorous organisation of visually perceived forms that give it meaning.

It is putting one’s head, one’s eye, and one’s heart on the same axis.

Henri Cartier-Bresson

Nomadic

March 11, 2008

Untitled, originally uploaded by Emmanuel Smague.

I like Emmanuel’s work a lot – classic reportage style. He uses Leicas – this was taken in Tajikstan with a Leica M7 rangefinder camera and a Summicron 35mm lens. It’s a beautiful piece of work.

Larger here.

Bird Man

February 8, 2008

L1014732, originally uploaded by 874DL.

Like this shot.

Shanghai

December 18, 2007

shanghai.jpg

Bossu by A Glimpse of the World.

Tag search ‘m8’. The author of this shot is the only person I could find on flickr who really knows how to use a Leica M8 to maximum advantage.

I recommend a trip to his photostream.

The French Election

December 18, 2007

the election

Untitled (Part of Sarkozy at Bercy) by J. & G.

Tag search ‘m8’. Larger here.

Into the white

December 18, 2007

Prospettiva 2 Into the white, originally uploaded by guiba6.

Tag search ‘m8’. Larger here.

Dean Street

December 18, 2007

Dean Street, originally uploaded by moogibang.

Continuing the ‘m8’ (as in Leica M8) tag search from yesterday. Funny how fashion is going backwards in time – this picture was taken in London in June 2007.  Looks like the 1950s or even 1940s.

Larger here.

Sensitive Space

December 17, 2007

sensitive space, originally uploaded by futureancient.

Tag search ‘m8’ as in Leica M8. This is what happens when you use a Noctilux lens (designed for low-light conditions) set to f1.0. Beautiful effect.  Will do more ‘m8’ searching tomorrow.

Larger here.

Night Fever

November 16, 2007

Untitled, originally uploaded by junku-newcleus.