Though she passed in 2004, my grandmother is responsible for my interest in photography. She gave me my first Nikon film camera and three lenses when I was in middle school. I learned to develop film I’d shot with that gear in high school, and still use those lenses on my digital cameras now. She was a Leica fan, and for good reason. Her Leica collection was recently divided between my father and uncle and a few of those film cameras and R-mount lenses fell to me. Though I still love to shoot film, I’d been searching for some way to mount those lenses on a digital body and came across an adaptor from Metabones for doing so on my Fujifilm XT-1. I spent last weekend making a quick trip out to Venice, Ca. Not for work this time, just a chance to get out to the coast, see some friends, and remember why I love it there so much. Below is a collection of images shot with a Leica Summicron 50mm lens mounted on the XT-1 from a walk around Abbot Kinney Blvd. and surrounding neighborhoods. These are some of the very first images that lens has captured since my grandmother used it. The lens was manufactured well before the advent of auto-focusing, so everything has to be done manually. But, that’s a good thing – it forces a slower process of shooting and the composition and enjoyment of making an image are enhanced for it.
For many things, thank you, Grandma.