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The main reason why I photograph with a Leica camera:

“I want simplification, not amplification or complication…I just want light controls … because photography is about light.” – Thorsten Overgaard

“A camera that gives me the joy of ownership and the joy of shooting is much more important than one with the highest number of megapixels or highest ISO performance.” – Yukio Uchida

“A great photograph is one that fully expresses what one feels, in the deepest sense, about what is being photographed.” ― Ansel Adams

“You just have to live and life will give you pictures.” – Henri Cartier-Bresson

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Colors in Constrast


I’m still not sure about this photograph. I came out of my hotel this morning to get a breath of the cool morning air as I waited for my Uber ride back to the airport. I thought I’d take a seat on one of the chairs outside but my inner self remembering I’d just read somewhere that extended sitting is not healthy. So I turned around and this view drew my attention away from feeling guilty about relaxing in the chair. There was just something that made me make this photograph. I still can’t quite wrap my brain around the reason but I’m sure it has something to do with the right side of my brain, you know, the side that seems to override the left artistic side about why an image is relevant.

The best I can describe in my own imagination now is that the contrast in colors and shadow along with the matching columns between the hotel and house in the background seemed to make this work for me. I mean I stood there for what seemed forever to make this capture without including the many vehicles that kept driving by. Yet I guess you’d have to have been there with me as I might have been able to describe it better as I was pressing the shutter.

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