During my recent hiatus, I received a number of thoughtful messages.
One reader wrote (in part):
“Peter, to me you are an artist, not a guy that talks about lenses and sensors. Someone who posts, publishes books/images/works of art whenever he has something significant to say, not whenever a blog demands it.”
Another stated (again, in part):
“Don’t wear yourself out trying to give everyone what they want. You will use up everything you’ve got… and that would be a misuse of talent, time, spirit, and life…”
Not all of the comments were supportive. One person wrote:
Isn’t this why you run the site? For the sycophants who drool over poor photographs taken with Leica cameras?
And another had this to say:
I think you have done the right thing to shut the site down. You work is not good enough… They are just family snaps that in the pre-internet age would have stayed in a family photo album, albeit taken with very expensive cameras!!
Well thanks for the input everybody.
The upshot of all of this?
I gave considerable thought to what I really wanted to do.
And now I’m going to do it.
One thing I’ve already done is sell my Leica Monochrom. I enjoyed using it much more this time vs. my first go-around, but something – for me – in the experience and output was lacking.
Another thing I did was buy a Leica M3, some Kodak Tri-X, and a Plustek 8200i scanner.
Yes indeed, I’m going back to shooting, developing, and scanning film myself. In fact, I tried developing a test roll today, but mangled up the film as I loaded it onto the reel.
What can I say? I’m out of practice. I lost 1/3 of the strip and most of the remaining frames are damaged.
Right now, I’m scanning some of the frames from my mangled test strip.
I’ll post a few images if any of them are worth posting.
(Warning: They are just family “snaps”!)
And in case you’re wondering:
(By the way, I’ll have more to say about my Leica M3 in a future post. And I still have the M9P.)