[Photo essay]36 pictures to the memory of a sold camera. Part 1 —[图说] 用36张照片怀念一台相机 第一部分
I would not call myself a nostalgic individual. However sometimes in life when you lose an object that has been with you for a long time. There will always be a moment the inner self will say "oh, I wish I didn't sell that camera......... "
leica M9 01
In the series, I have divided selected 36 images into three parts. Each part contains 12 images that represent three part of my life documented with this camera.
High school in southern England(part 1), University in London(part 2), Time in China(part 3)
协和学院 concord college (high school)
This Leica M9 is the first Leica I have ever owned. Back then my dad promised me a reward if I surpassed his standards on my GCSE grades. Once he made the promise, I changed all my cell phone and laptop wallpapers to the Leica M9. The self-motivation ended pretty well, grades looked more than enough for the "reward" to come true.
Like all promises parents made, when it comes to fulfilling the promise, the resistance is always stronger than you expected. My dad looked at the price tag immediately turned down my suggestion. "it's too expensive for your age..... Nah....."
Driven by the frustration of being turned down, I stayed up all night and came up with a 30 pages power point, introduced Leica's history from the beginning, then explained the standard 35mm film type then followed with detailed analysis on the iconic images which took by Leica cameras, finally ended the presentation on the ideology and spirit of documentary/street photography.
Nearly an hour had passed with my dad in pure silence, then he said "where can we get this camera? I will buy one for myself and later you can borrow it for some fun."
Of course, dad was only joking. Till this day, I am still very thankful for his support on my passion for photography.
Because of his support and trust. I started my journey with the Leica M9.
I would not say that without the Leica my passion for photography will be any less yet the style and approach of shooting will definitely be dramatically different.
Leica M9 02
Leica M9 03
Leica M9 04
Leica M9 05
Leica M9 06
Leica M9 07
Leica M9 08
Leica M9 09
Leica M9 10
Leica M9 11
Leica M9 12
These 12 images definitely will not represent the whole high school period yet personally, each image contains the memory of that particular moment. I am thankful for the Leica is there for me to capture the time which I will never be able to go back to.
This is the end of part 1 of 3, thank you for reading. If you enjoyed the photos and the story please leave an upvote and maybe some comments. I appreciate all the support and suggestions.
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