I didn’t blog about this last year because I didn’t really blog much last year. I was busy rebuilding my house. But anyway. Back in July 2017 I bought a Leica m240 with a 35 and a 50mm lens. I felt that I’d reached a point where I understood why I wanted one. The Leica M10 made me trust that Leica would continue making cameras like this for the rest of my life. I wanted a simple uncomplicated camera for daily and travel use that would be with me for my life. It’s a camera system that I can switch between film and digital too. I think it’s a fantastic (and stupidly expensive) setup. I use it like an analogue camera with an optical not digital viewfinder and full manual controls.
I’m still learning. It’s hard work. I’ve got a video in the works on where I’m at with this camera but for now here’s where I was.
My initial thought was it’s heavier than I expected. Heavier than the Leica Q but a good heavy that’ll take some knocks. I love the look from it. The colours you get are wonderful. But it’s so hard to use. I really wasn’t prepared for how hard it was to use. I grew up using film cameras but in such a basic way and they were all autofocus. My photography career has been with run and gun set it on auto digital cameras. So trying to nail the focus at f/1.4 is an experience. In time I hope this will all become second nature. That’s what people say about Leicas. It’s got the fastest autofocus around because it’s you not electronics. I just need time.
It’s 2016. My dad recently died. My first cat, my first real pet away from home just died. We decide to spend Christmas in New York because I want to get far away from traditional Christmas. Our flights were with IcelandAir which lets you stop off in Iceland at no extra ticket cost which we do on our way back for a couple of days. Spoiler alert Best way to avoid jet lag ever. But I’m getting ahead of myself.
Dec 23rd. We fly to Iceland where we change planes and fly to NYC at night. Iceland is beautiful at dusk. It was snowing and even before we got to NYC we were super excited about visiting Iceland in the snow on our return. We switched planes which meant getting off the warm plane and out into the cold snowy emptiness of Iceland. Some poor kids who were going to Florida and were clearly dressed for it had to get off the plane in shorts and a t-shirt.
Every 6 months or so Sam and I take a trip to London to see some photography exhibitions, art and design, and generally wander the city. It’s a day trip city break. We did this back in July last year. Cheap tickets. Good exhibitions. It’s a simple thing and I’m never bored.
FYI there’s an exhibition on video games coming up at the V&A later this year. I have high hopes for it as it features Journey, The Last of Us and No Man’s Sky (which I really need to return to). We’ll be going down for that and another wander.
I thought it would be nice to end the week with some pretty pictures so here’s a series I produced while in London earlier this year. Created by Artichoke, Lumiere London sees all sorts of interesting light installations around the city. It’s a big 4 day event and you’ll easily need 3 days to really take them all in. We just about managed. It was nice to see locals The Lantern Company there too.
I think my highlight was Waterlicht. It felt like I was back in Iceland watching the aurora, except with a thousand Instagrammers. But still, oddly calming.