The Beginning and Almost the End...

 Leica M/ 50mm Summicron

Leica M/ 50mm Summicron

So… For my first blog post, let me tell you that I’m totally guilty of being one of those DSLR owners that knew absolutely nothing about cameras in this day and age.  I mean, I took photography in High School, but I didn’t really learn anything about photography as an artistic expression until fairly recently. 

I don’t know exactly what happened, but something in my life changed and now I’m hooked. It started with simply shooting, trying to become more proficient and consistent compositionally, and then I discovered the joy of developing film coupled with the delight that is “analogue photography.”

For me, photography is an escape to another reality… A reality where I have an almost tyrannical influence over what exists, how it’s perceived, and ultimately how it’s interpreted… What I say goes, and there is little to no contest outside of the conditions of the day or the capabilities of the gear I might be shooting with.  There’s a sense of strength that comes along with releasing a shutter and it’s paralleled with just enough mystery and intrigue to continually make the journey of “becoming a photographer,” a journey worth taking. 

So, what’s with the name? I bet you’re wondering… There’s a lot in the name, Homme of the Nothing, is me, a nobody, an unknown, unapologetic, and fearless in sharing my coherent understanding of the world we live in.

So…Now that I’ve informally introduced myself, let me say there is nothing like a little bit of travel to clear your head and distract you from the things in life that you might be avoiding… The great thing about traveling is that it’s a GREAT excuse to pick up a camera and snap away.

 Leica M6/50mm Summicron/Kodak Portra 400

Leica M6/50mm Summicron/Kodak Portra 400

Above, you’ll some of my first photos, with a Leica kit and a couple Summicrons traveling for a brief surf trip to Izu, Japan Last summer. 

 Leona M6/50mm Summicron/HP5 Plus

Leona M6/50mm Summicron/HP5 Plus

The swell was decent in Izu, big enough to keep me cautious, but small enough to make the waves playful and memorable.

Little did I know that on this trip I’d be documenting one of the most life changing events I’d come to experience in my adult life, and at the same time find two things that I’m not sure I’d be able to live without…

--To be continued…