Film Fetischism

Leica bondage

Leica bondage

I realize I don’t bond with a digital camera like I do with an analog one. I even bought my M6 a decorative piece of rope yesterday …

Mixing Diafine

Mixing Diafine

Then today, I found a secret stash of Diafine. Going to Berlin to buy darkroom supplies and film at Fotoimpex as I had originally planned for today wasn’t so necessary any more.

In the bookstore, looking out towards the gallery.

In the bookstore, looking out towards the gallery.

So I went to Frankfurt (Main) to visit the Leica Store and the gallery belonging to it. Well worth a visit! They showed works by Julian Lennon* juxtaposed to B&W silver gelatin prints by an Italian photographer. There was a difference in quality and Julian wasn’t coming out top. His were “giclee” prints that lacked mid tones whereas the tonality of the silver gelatin prints was sublime. To give J. Lennon the benefit of the doubt, perhaps his “line drawing inkjet prints” were a conscious artistic decision.

The selection in the bookstore wasn't half bad either.

The selection in the bookstore wasn’t half bad either.

I happily browsed there while a courteous clerk conveyed a curious contraption from central storage for me:

I happily browsed there while a courteous clerk conveyed a curious contraption from central storage for me:

Prise de vue au plus vite!

Prise de vue au plus vite!

I got a Leicavit fast film advance mechanism for the second time. When I had a Leica MP (and when that moniker meant a film Leica M body), I already had had one. Stupid Ebay.
It replaces the Leica’s bottom plate, so your decision to use it should at least last for a film cartridge. You fold out that menacing pin and pull it to the left to wind the frame and cock the shutter. This can be done with the fourth and fifth finger while the camera remains at the eye, enabling fast series or the sometimes surprising follow-up shot. It’s a street photography thing.
Trying to hone my skills in that genre, I spent two hours in Frankfurt’s inner city.

The atmosphere was tense with an expectation of carnival and a demonstration ringed with sirens and blue lights flashing.

The atmosphere was tense with an expectation of carnival and a demonstration ringed with sirens and blue lights flashing.

So, an interesting trip, as so often happens when film is involved.
Open a film cartridge and I’ll show you how deep the rabbit hole goes.

*Yes, John Lennon’s son and the recipient of the Beatles’ song “Hey Jude”

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