The Project

If this all goes wrong, I’m blaming Mike Johnson.

It was his article for The Online Photographer “The Leica as Teacher” that started all this.

It struck a nerve though. Most photographers can sympathise with the problem of G.A.S. – Gear Acquisition Syndrome and I certainly suffer. Whenever I can’t (read: don’t make time to) get out and shoot I find myself reading about cameras online. Not photography, not photographs but cameras. Then I start wanting the shiny new toy I’ve fallen in love with the idea of and the man-maths comes out to justify the purchase. Soon enough there is another box arriving on the doorstep and my other-half is rolling her eyes again.

If this is the part where you expect to hear my reasons (excuses) for buying a Leica to solve this problem then you’ll be disappointed. This is instead my pledge to buy nothing more. I am lucky enough to have everything I need for this project already; the beautiful Bessa R2A rangefinder I bought six months ago, a pin sharp 35mm f/1.4 lens to mount on it and an ample supply of film to wind through it.

For the next year, I will not buy any more kit. I will not even use the other kit I already own. I will shoot with one combination only until I have learnt it and learnt it well.

My Version of the Rules:

  1. One Camera – My Voigtlander Bessa R2A
  2. One Lens – My Voigtlander 35mm f1.4 Nokton Classic
  3. One Year – From the 22nd August 2014 until the 22nd August 2015
  4. (Mostly) One Film – I will buy Ilford Delta 400 in bulk and use it unless there is a particular need for something else.
  5. Get out and shoot – At least one roll per week.
  6. Share – I will post one picture a day here. I need to shoot enough to make that happen.
  7. Print – I will print every photo I post here for my own personal enjoyment.
  8. Print Big! – Once per month I will print my favourite for framing on my wall at home.

By the end of the 12 months I hope to have a body of work worth looking at but more importantly I hope to have learnt something along the way. I hope that sharing the experience here will give me another reason to stay honest and if it sparks an interest in a few others then all the better.

Will

(the small print – I am still allowing my self to use my DSLR for “work purposes”. These include paid gigs, selling things on eBay, stuff like that. No pictures I will personally want to look back at though. I am also allowing myself allowing myself limited use of my phone to share images on social media but it should be for documentation only, not artistic purposes.)

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2 thoughts on “The Project

  1. Will,

    Yes, your project sparks an interest in others, myself in particular. I have been looking for something like this to do and your thoughts have reignited the fuse in me to begin this same kind of project for myself.
    I will shoot with my Leica M-P 240, and 50mm f1.4. One 8GB card per month and one max ISO setting. Now, time to create a new blog (the hard part).
    Thanks for the inspiration.

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