My loved Rangefinder Camera in Manila
Sometime, years ago, I made a decision to put my money into a camera brand that pioneered 35mm photography and as a German bringing as well my homeland brand out into the world. A camera brand that made great lenses and optics in the world as a whole. A camera so pure and so true to its roots, it was symbolic of exactly what I was looking to achieve in my artistic expression.
This was when the Leica M caught my eye. For me, it is the perfect tool for what I am looking to accomplish. It forces me to think about the shot before hitting the shutter. There are no continuous autofocus or tracking features, there is no stupid crap that hinders me and takes away from the ability to improve my art.
There is a certain feeling of nostalgia and pride when I take my loved camera out for a walk - the Leica M which in my experiences so far, boosts my creativity and with all of its manual settings, improves my ability to further understand photography.
What I love even more about this camera and its capabilities, is its unassuming presence in public. With thousands of dollars hanging off my back or in my bag, it can be kind of nerve-wracking when making images as a street photographer.
Luckily most people think it’s an old film camera, so they don’t want it, or they have no idea what is in my hands at all, so nobody bothers.