The Leica M4-P is as manual and simple as a rangefinder camera can be. To set my exposures, I use a Sekonic L-758 light meter (being a cinematographer, some habits die hard). My 35mm 1.4 Summilux Series VII is the “old” version of this lens (made in 1983). So it is not the “better” aspherical version that came after this one. If you shoot wide open with it, you get this mushy, soft glow that suggests that you cannot focus very well. Every once in a while, that glow works though. I stick to f2 or better with this lens, and it rarely comes off the camera. As I have grown to understand, this 35mm Summilux is how I see the world.
I live in Moscow, Russia and I try to take this camera or a Leica CL with me, wherever I go. Moscow has an inherently surreal nature if you keep your eyes open. A curious pile of bricks at the entrance of a garage, a man passed out drunk in the grass at 10AM, a pile of trees uprooted by a storm – they are practically mundane here, as normal as a plastic bag flipping around in the wind.
These five images were shot in our sleepy little neighborhood, on AgfaPhoto APX-100. The shutter was set at 1/125 or 1/250 and the fstop was between f4 and f8.