I Like A Leica #1: Post Traumatic Roll Test

This is the first of many posts in a series called “I Like A Leica,” where I’ll be putting up photos taken with my Leica M6.

Why are these first ones in color, you ask? A couple of weeks before Christmas (2015), the strap on my Leica came loose, and the camera dropped about four feet to the ground. Although it was protected in a Leica leather case, the rewind knob was jarred enough to become warped, hindering the advance and turning the camera into a pretty useless ornament. Fortunately for me, I don’t live too far from legendary Leica repair specialist Sherry Krauter, who kindly allowed me to drive out to see her on a weekend. Sherry not only repaired my M6 in an astonishingly short amount of time but kept me entertained with stories about famous photographers and the “good old days” at Leitz, before Leitz became Leica. It made sense, when I returned to NYC, to test the camera as quickly as I could; thus the color roll (a cheap c41 emulsion made by Agfa). Honestly, I didn’t even finish the roll before I took it to have it developed, I was in such a rush to verify that the M6 was working as it was supposed to.

Mural in East Harlem, Detail (image by Chad Gayle)

A close up of one of the faces in a 1st Avenue mural in East Harlem (Leica M6 50mm Summicron). FLICKR

Mural Painter Working in East Harlem, wide angle (Image by Chad Gayle)

A painter begins to fill in the details of a wall sketch (Leica M6 50mm Summicron). FLICKR

Mural Painter Working in East Harlem (Image by Chad Gayle)

Filling in the details of a wall sketch for a new mural (Leica M6 50mm Summicron). FLICKR

Mural in East Harlem, Detail (image by Chad Gayle)

Another version of one of the faces in a 1st Avenue mural in East Harlem (Leica M6 50mm Summicron). FLICKR

These first four photos were done on the same sunny afternoon in East Harlem, as I was leaving our storage locker. I should probably follow up on the mural that was being painted and get a shot of the finished work.

This last one I snapped on a cold day in Times Square while I was waiting to meet a client.

Times Square Tourists Walking Up TDK Steps NYC (Image by Chad Gayle)

A couple ascends the TDK steps in Times Square (Leica M6 50mm Summicron). FLICKR

Stay tuned: more interesting black and white images from the streets of New York are up next.