It’s amazing, and beyond my wildest dreams (well..) and it came to be true…my long awaited wish for which I sold my Hasselblad and M6 (and bloody kidney) to be able to fund it…the Leica M Monochrom (typ 246).
I’m not going to write an all-educated-elitarian review on this camera filled with upperclass words to describe something that is actually very simple: ❤️
This camera is so…camera! No unnecessariness..just a shutter button (with s,c etc), and a shutter speed dial. And a place for a lens (summicron 35mm). And a rangefinder. And something to attach the strap to. And…no color! Fieuuww.. 🙂
I’m still finding my way with this camera but so far…man…I love it. 50 shades of grey is nothing compared to this! Just wow. Underexposing standard to keep the highlights from blowing out. The detail in the shadow parts is absolutely stunning. The handling is so very nice. And it sounds so very delicately delicious. Looking forward to printing my first grande negatives from these files. I’m still working on the Serendipity theme, which pretty much has to be finished in December (preferably) so first things first but nonetheless…already have some images in mind worthy of being made transparant.
Anyway, didn’t think I’d ever get excited about a digital camera again, but this really does it for me. So far, it’s really what I hoped for. And it’s so ridiculous! Ha, away with you rationalness all time, passion and love it is!
Thus…onto what’s really important…images!
So..there you have it; my first impression! Very scientific, I know. With a lot of technical detail also. Eat it! MM246 FTW ☀️
I got my first roll developed shot with the Holga 120 WPC! It turned out to be less bad than I expected 🙂 I do know why they invented the Hasselblad haha and proper lenses but this is really fun. Going out with this camera is fun, guestimating exposure time is fun, working this with multiple-second-exposures using only available “tripods” (rocks, walls, etc) is fun. After having used collodion for years where I try to be as exact as possible, after using Leica and Hasselblad for their superior optics this pinhole really brings back a different joy in photography. The images are just as delirious as the way of photographing, I like it! I forgot how much fun photography is without all the frikkin’ rules 🙂
It was fun to look at the red window on the back of the camera to see when the numbering started. I doubted at “1” so took it to “2” for my first shot (now I know better haha!). And later on I seemed to have forgotten to wind it all the way or something as I ended up with half an image (though no overlaps). With lith printing I see how I can make use of this camera. I do have some fine-tuning to do regarding exposing. I took in account the guidelines on the back of the camera which indicate 7-9 seconds for Fine Weather, 10-12 seconds for Overcast and 13 seconds and upwards for Morning or Dusk. I only overlooked the 100 asa bit and thought, yeah, they say this but with such a pinched aperture I’d better expose some more like double their time 🙂 I used Kodak Tri-X 400 so when I got to my third film and realised this I completely expected this to be a really dense film. But…it wasn’t as bad as I figured. So…I’ll keep on extending exposure a little but not double and keep more detail in the sky-bits.
Anyway, I like it and have already shot my third roll. I’ll probably keep them and develop them myself (hope I can bring a little more patience to the table until the new darkroom is up and running) so next results will have to wait but I’m really happy 🙂 Also looking forward trying these the lith way, especially the close-up of the grass, I really like this sort of imagery. What’s the most important thing I have learned from this? HAVE FUN SHOOTING! 🙂 (notice all the smileys in this post haha)! The last image I’m posting has been shot through our gate at work when it was raining. Exposure time was pretty long…
Last Sunday we went to see the exhibition of Robert Mapplethorpe in the NRW-Forum in Düsseldorf. I have to admit that prior to this I never really looked into his work and when I googled some images on the net I found that this could be very interesting. It surely was. When I saw all the nudes and close-ups of penises on the net I thought it to be very awkward. Now having seen them in person (not the penises, just the photos) I feel quite baffled.
Knowing that he actually studied drawing, painting and sculpture before picking up photography is very interesting looking at this body of work. The human (parts of) bodies presented by him are so carefully modeled and lit that they look as if he made them with his own hands, they look sculptured. The way muscles, lines and shapes are emphasized and magnified remind me of the Greek sculpturing where in fact the same was done. This can also be found in the expressions on their faces when photographed; sober and often even apathetic.
The prints are so extremely well executed that in combination with the above even photos of penises, which might come across as erotic, are in no way close to that. They become figures of their own, aesthetic and silent, no longer in the context they are normally surrounded with. I came to like them very much for that reason.
One of the other reasons I like his work; finally nude males instead of (hardly always) erotically presented nude women. Artistic Nude is the most overrated category these days and I advise people sprinkling this term on a regular base to look at this man’s work and think again before using it. But that’s a side note, one which I’ll probably get back to in the future. The images are true stills, they are quiet, delicate and of such perfect technique it’s almost daunting. They are also not erotic, even though some of them depict acts of sexual nature. It’s as if they’ve been keeping a pose for hours until it got perfected before taking the photo. Most photos look like an instant, these images look like indefinite moments in time. I am fascinated.
If you get the chance to visit the show, I advise you to do so. It’s opened until the 15th of August. I hope you enjoyed my writing about it.