So I contact my friend’s dad yesterday which curiously is nicknamed Leica Man. Let’s rewind right quick. I started with photography back in 1994 and actually it was with Leica Man’s Canon F1. I mean his son was one of my best friends in high school (1986-1991) and I’ve visited his house a million times. Why Leica Man? Well his Leica collection is considered to be the one of the biggest in the United States with all sort of Leica glass and all cameras up to the M6 (he never went digital) including Leica R bodies and glass.
Fast forward, to yesterday and I give him a call, it turns out he has a photography exposition this evening which he invited me to attend. In conversation, he tells me how he’s now shooting M43 (G2/GH2) due to his age and weight factor of his other gear (Leica/Canon) but his happy and is making large canvas prints and having a good ole time.
So you can imagine how I was, a photo nut talking to an elder collector photo nut and reminiscing on gear, styles, and all type of photography topics. He then tells me his part of a Photo Club down here for the last 30 years where his a judge and tons of folks participate, all this history unbeknownst to me and so so close I couldn’t believe it. So I decided I would join the Photo Club and see what’s it all about. Like any club in life and I’m sure there will be tons of opinions and tons of feedback. A good friend of mine, Wouter Brandsma asked me what I wanted to get out of it. To be honest, I don’t know yet, I’m just excited to meet like minded folks who love this craft as much as I do.
Its always nice to have a personal feeling to this hobby. I mean we share online and interact socially but real live feedback can be great as well. One possibility that does interest me is actually making prints of some of work and actually seeing it on a wall and have people look at and see what kind of emotions it strikes but we’ll see how this Photo Club odyssey unravels in the weeks and months to come.