It’s easy to love a Leica M camera as an object. Handsome black-painted metal, simple design cues, and legendary build quality make them attractive even to passersby catching a glimpse of one on the street.
Beyond its looks, I also knew that I loved some of the images I was capable of creating with the camera. Getting comfortable with zone focusing, trusting the characteristics of a given film stock, and letting Leica’s lovely glass do its thing were all a matter of practice.
This past summer, on a trip from my home in California to France and Italy, I finally fell in love with the entire experience of analog photography. My particular camera is a black MP, complete with hints of its brass core peeking out from beneath the paint. Though I had two lenses with me, a 28mm Elmarit and 50mm Summilux, the 50 was what found itself mounted to the camera for most of the trip.
Unencumbered by autofocus settings, metering systems, and batteries altogether, I was allowed to focus, find a frame, click, and move on.
The anticipation of what was captured on those negatives kept me on my toes throughout the trip — I didn’t want to miss a moment, yet I had to be frugal with the 36 frames I had available on a given roll.
Of the 15 rolls I shot, here are a few Kodak Portra 400 frames I really enjoyed. Kudos to the talented folks at Richard Photo Lab for bringing these images to life.