As a member of the f50 Collective, we recently challenged ourselves to interpret the theme ‘dark’. I already had an idea in mind, a combination of thoughts around isolation, oppression and the inherent vulnerability we can often feel when faced with the absence of light.
Plus on a technical level shooting at night or at least in dark places would allow me to check out the Leica M240’s ability in this area. It certainly didn’t disappoint. None of the images here were shot on a tripod, just wide open with a Zeiss f2 35mm and if my memory serves, around 1/60 second. Of course I did spend some time zooming into the shots on the lcd screen to ensure sharpness and composition and again the Leica performed well.
The depth and ease of shooting fully manual is finally coming, the need to consider and think how to make the pictures work is well worth the effort and for me captures the joy of photography, and there’s no doubt that manually focusing in low light is a skill I’m more than happy to get better at.
Back to the theme of the shoot, I asked a friend of mine if she’d be up for task, as lurking in subways trying to candidly catch strangers just might be a step to far and I didn’t want to scare anybody, so thank you Kat, you did a great job.
I’m not particularly afraid of the dark myself, but I’m intrigued by the unease and sense of impending doom that often emerges from the recesses of the mind when we’re in dark places. It’s strange because I’m a positive chap, an optimist and a man who fights against the doom and gloom of most of the worlds troubles, but hey, a little darkness definitely reminds us of the light that shines brightly.