Leica Virgin – Australia

I had the good fortune to head home to Australia for a few weeks back in January. It feels nice to write the word ‘home’ again as Australia hadn’t felt like home for a few years. It’s hard when you leave under difficult circumstances, even when they’re of your own making. The notion of ‘home’ becomes a bit blurry. Of course, I still have fond memories of Tasmania and my people there, but my life – my home – isn’t there anymore. I haven’t lived in Melbourne since the mid-1990’s and it’s become so big and unfamiliar now. I’m spending […]

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Leica Virgin – London

It all started last Thursday, when I got an email from SAS telling me that my flight to London the following day was ready for check-in. What flight? I looked into it and sure enough, I’d booked a weekend in London some time ago that I’d completely forgotten about. With plans already in place for Friday night and no accommodation booked, it was a bit of a tough call. But who can resist a weekend in London, especially if you’ve got an M240 that you love shooting with? Unexpected trips are often the best trips and so it came to […]

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Leica Virgin – Adventure in Nevada

I recently had the chance to visit Nevada for a weekend. It was a work trip. We took a car over there and broke some world records. Maybe you heard about it? I’d not been to Nevada before and by extension, I’d never visited Las Vegas before. First time in Vegas. First trip since I bought my Leica. Hmmmm. If I wasn’t already in love with the M after the first shoot-around in Copenhagen, I definitely am now. On the job….. This was a work trip, so results count. I had to feel confident that I’d get all the shots […]

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Leica Virgin – Why I Bought a Leica M 240

I recently took a rare plunge and spent far more money than my talents can justify and bought the Porsche 911 of cameras. A Leica M (Type 240) rangefinder digital. Like the 911, it’s German. It’s Iconic. It’s been used by masters to do amazing things. A masterpiece in both design and execution. Both the 911 and the Leica M are revered by many, though unlike the 911 (which is quite rightly, rarely criticised) the Leica can be lampooned by some – typically because they’re occasionally bought by buffoons like me. This is not a photo of my specific camera […]

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