When my Grandfather passed away in 1982, he left his Leica camera to my father. Unfortunately it sat in a draw and was forgotten for 33 years until recently when they moved house. However just two weeks ago I was in New Zealand and finally the camera was given to me. You can understand my excitement, especially being a Leica fan. In the past I have owned an M4, M6 an R4, R4s R 7 and an R8 so this camera became a new member of the family. Without boring you with camera nerd details, I tracked the serial number to between 1952 and 1953 when it was made so it is about 63 years old. The model is likely a IIIF.
The real thrill was feeling 14 years old again when I bought my first camera. All I did was load a film and shoot. The camera has no light meter so I guessed the exposure. I had this deep anticipation as if Christmas was coming when I went to the lab and looked at the developed images. But the most amazing thing in the end were the pictures that came out. They were fantastic. It was as if Monday last week had gone back 63 years in time.
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Its one day to go till my show. Trevor Guthrie and I hung the show last night and this morning. Its great to work with someone who really knows how to present the work especially in a curatorial role. Its also a big relief to see it on the wall.
There is still 24 hours to fine tune it. Its also nice to see that the project and the the important issue of Water and what it means to humanity is taking on a life of its own. If you get a chance come and see it tomorrow night. Otherwise the show is up till the 31st of October so there is lots of time to come and have a coffee and enjoy it in your own time.
Vaughan James is a photographer and writer based in Zurich Switzerland