At the heart of every Leica M

The Leica honeymoon is over, and the vigour of our expeditions reflect within the scars we both graciously carry. Together we have stumbled through sub-zero alpine winters, tackled the humid Italian seaside and forged a bond over the frustrations every missed opportunity rewards.

The Leica M is an instrument of mechanical and optical synergy. Long shadows cast over the monumental bodies of work sculpted and refined by the artists who wield a Leica. An instrument when placed in the hands of a visionary, is capable of conducting an intimate symphony.

A life without intimacy is not worth living, and the warm intimate embrace obtained by tearing down the barrier between the creator and the focal point with the assistance of a Leica, stimulates personal and professional progression. New doors open and the presence of originality within the result becomes routine instead of an accident.

Originality in the work we develop is fundamental, and with each passing day, originality is exponentially more difficult to obtain. The quantity of photography force fed daily on a global scale is overwhelming, and the risk of repetition (intentional or otherwise) diluting the impact of yesterday's original concept is paralysing, yet inevitable.

Long term projects, evolving over time through personal insight demonstrate confidence and hold value against the rate of global content creation. If you can lift the camera and re-create your project over the weekend, it fundamentally lacks bespoke value. All great work takes time and development.

For me, the Leica was the catalyst on this internal journey of self discovery, a battle fought on the front-lines of the creative process in search of originality and progression. It led us past the  shallow world of technical perfection and put us on a path of self awareness to develop originality and bespoke value.

With time, the paint will fade and the brass skeleton of a Leica camera will unveil its distinct beauty, but it's talent for exposing personal weakness and challenging your conscious awareness of the photographic process will never fade. It is at the heart of every Leica M.

We are proud to share our first long term project, and the first big fork in our path of personal development since mastering and applying the technical aspects of the tool itself (the photo camera).

Time well spent

As photographers and creatives we spend countless days practising our craft, developing new ideas,  evolving our portfolios and fighting for an opportunity to be recognized. Through this process we develop a form of tunnel vision, fuelled by our desire to grow and succeed. If your tunnel (like mine) is narrow and refined, then you might be missing out on a reward much greater than the audience supporting your portfolio on social platforms can provide..

The struggle of living literally half way across the world from my family (Italy --> New Zealand) and with a baby on the way, opened my eyes. It was time to expand, focusing outside the confined boundaries of the ‘InPassing & Overlooked’ collection considered my life’s work, and starting a new chapter dedicated to family. A collection created with equal focus and attention to detail in hope of closing the international gap.

Although the family chapter is only four months old, the thought of potentially having missed these moments had I not taken a step back to re-evaluate and broaden my focus is indescribable. It is never too late to start, trust me, it is time well spent. The rewards are far greater than your social media platforms will provide.

Dedicated to family..

The full collection is available at the link below,

Enjoy the teaser (20 image limit),

Travel Kit - One Suitcase & CarryOn

For the last two months we have been working around the clock to prepare for Europe. We have called New Zealand home for the last 22 years and have decided to follow our heart, and see where our sense of adventure takes us. And In preparation for becoming a location independent photographer, we have had to make some pretty tough decisions.

Every Kg counts when traveling and there was no choice but to reduced our life to a single suitcase and carryon bag (inclusive of clothing and everyday necessities). Cutting back to the bare essentials has been stressful, but a refreshing experience. This is not the first time we are packing for a long distance trip, but when you know it is not just a temporary inconvenience, you stop to think a little harder about what YOU REALLY NEED to remain versatile and creative.

It is surprising how heavy a modest closet can be, so the already generous 30Kg allowance of checked luggage was quickly met. Which only left the standard 7Kg cabin limit for all our photography gear (it is probably best to hand carry delicates anyway).

After much debate, we managed to strip a thoroughly bloated creative kit down to the raw building blocks which make up 90% of our work, and this is what we packed,

  • Ona Brixton (Truffle leather - camera bag)

Although the leather is heavy, this is an amazing bag which has stood up to anything we have had the pleasure of throwing at it. With every scuff and scratch it only becomes more beautiful. 

  • MacBook Pro 15' Retina (+charger & 2 x backup HDD's)

Every photographer needs a dependable laptop, and the Retina MacBrook Pro workstations have fantastic screens ideal for location independent post production work. We have an iCloud subscription for offsite backups and use the two USB3 HDD's for cloning the laptop's internal disk (using the MAC OSx 'Time Machine' application). 

  • iPhone 6s (+ USB cable)

Instagram, facebook and emergency internet tethering where WiFi is not available. Without a doubt you need a smart phone. We also use our phone as a image repository for recent work. 

  • Leica M / 262 + 35mm F2 (+ battery charger)

The legendary Leica M system was a last minute indulgence. Yes the system is expensive, but everyone has their vice. The images we have made with the camera leading up to our departure have been mind blowing and we are excited so see what we will get the chance to point our lens at.

  • Fujifilm XPro2 + 23mm F1.4 + 56mm F1.2 APD (+ battery charger)

The Fujifilm X series has been our bread and butter. Being part of the ambassador program for New Zealand has allowed us to build up a small arsenal of gear (too much to carry). So we cut back to the two lenses we know inside and out (complimented by the Leica). With this setup we can shoot weddings and continue our personal work.

  • Universal power travel adaptor

If you are traveling and you want to last longer than your built in battery, you need one!

  • Travel journal, passport and knick knacks

These are more personal items which will be specific to you. 

Embracing the 'less is more' philosophy, we are excited to see how these constraints will play out and ultimately effect our work (if at all). Knowing that we have shot a wedding with less, we can rest easy and enjoy the creative challenge of making do.

- Sven