Mid-Life Crisis?

Originally posted on 52Rolls.net

I had a two-seater, convertible sports car when I was 26.

I’ve (sort of) played a guitar since I was 35.

I’ve divorced and married a younger woman when I was 38.

I’ve had a carbon bicycle that cost almost a month’s wages since I was 40.

But I can’t ride a motorcycle, so a Harley wasn’t on the cards.

And I’ve never been to Glastonbury…

…but I did just buy a Leica🔴. Don’t worry, it’s an old film model, rather than the M Monochrome, or something equally ludicrous.

When it arrived, I quickly loaded a film and set to work blasting through it in a few hours. I then processed the film and scanned it on the same day. I couldn’t wait to see the results in all their contrasty, detailed glory. No more vignettes, soft corners or shortage of tone. I had bought into the Leica🔴 look…

Unless of course I was using old processing chemicals that appeared to have become contaminated with something and begun to turn a strange orange colour. The result was low contrast, grainy negatives that have taken some ‘work’ to recover.

LM6 1-7LM6 1-1LM6 1-2LM6 1-5LM6 1-6LM6 1-4LM6 1-3

I’m off to Poland next week with this camera and an awful lot of film. Let’s see how things work out…


Leica M6, Leica Summicron-M 35mm ASPH, Kodak TMax 400, (discoloured) Ilfotec HC for 6:30, scanned at home using Vuescan and a lot of swearwords.

My previous rolls in the 52 Rolls project are here.

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