Where is the magic?

Title Photo:
The Path
Washington DC 2016. Leica M (typ 262) Canon LTM 35mm f2.0

I have come to realize that for most people, taking photographs boils down to this:

  • take out phone from pocket
  • swipe up on the camera icon
  • wait for the camera to get focus
  • tap the screen
  • admire what you just did 5 seconds ago in the 5ish inch screen

Hmmm….. that’s what photography is now huh?

Don’t get me wrong, I love my phone, and it really is the best camera there is when that’s the only one you have. But I guess…. something is missing.

L1008958Capture the moment
Washington DC 2016. Leica M (typ 262) Summilux 50mm f1.4 V1

The dawn science and the era of enlightenment gave us awesome things, modern medicine, planetary science, optics, and of course photography. Without advancement, we are unable to experience the joy of taking photographs today.


Washington DC 2016. Leica M (typ 262) Summilux 50mm f1.4 V1

I am not trying to discount advancement, but I do want to ask this question. Where’s the magic?

Remember how having your picture taken was back in the day? (maybe not if you are a millennial)

Perhaps you were walking along somewhere at an amusement park or a national monument, and you decide to have your picture taken. You pass your camera to someone, maybe a friend that knows how to operate it. She tells you to hold still while she fiddles with the aperture settings, focus, cranks the film advance, and CLICK ……


Here for a visit
Washington DC 2016. Leica M (typ 262) Summilux 50mm f1.4 V1


You get on with whatever you are doing, and continue your journey enjoying what you came here to do in the first place.


A week, maybe a month or two later you get back your film and picture from the photo lab and you see yourself, smiling at the camera. Remembering the joy of that day through something physical, something you can hold right there in front of you.




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