I am almost certain that Grandpa was born with a camera around his neck. And then enjoyed a lifetime pursuing photography, capturing what he loved – the natural world, his family, construction projects – always and only through a Leica lens. Beauty, elegance, class right there.
He leaves an archive of tens of thousands of slides, prints from the 1930’s onwards, Leica cameras and a family of photographers that he inspired. I loved the magic of the darkroom that he introduced us to as kids, the slide shows, the time together sharing photographs and his encouragement as my passion for photography re-ignited (even when it was Polaroids which in the eyes of a Leica master don’t even take proper photographs ha!).
Most of all I loved seeing the world through his eyes and his Leica lens – he always saw the majesty, the wonder, freedom and beauty of this place.
All images by JAD.