2017 is a somewhat special year to me. It is the year I went down the rabbit hole that is the world of Leica M. For the past few years I shot primarily with Fujifilm cameras, through Fuji I got a taste of the pseudo rangefinder experience, and I knew one day I would want the real thing. That day came in early 2017. In many ways, Fujifilm was my gateway to Leica rangefinders.
Another change I made to my approach in 2017 is I started making images that make me happy, and the result is my work now feels more personal and more thoughtful. Leica plays a part in that too because the rangefinder focusing presents a different way of seeing and in my opinion requires more thought and effort. I wouldn't say I've become a better photographer after making the switch to Leica, but I've definitely become a different photographer. I learned to slow it down and give more thought to composition and lighting. In other words, the Leica M makes me go back to the basics. Leica rangefinders are not for everyone, and they are not the most practical photographic tools, but all I can say is I have not had this much fun using a camera since I switched to Fuji X100 from DSLRs many years ago.
As a photographer, my New Year resolutions would be to print more photos and to travel more. There is something very satisfying about seeing your images on prints, and I don't do that nearly enough. My 2017 Portugal trip was a very special photographic experience, it got me out of a creative rut, so I'm hoping for more trips like this in 2018.
I will leave you with a few more of my personal favourite images from 2017. Thanks for stopping by!
Happy New Year! Don't stop chasing that good light!
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