Guest Post – Nick Levitin

Photography, Black And White Photography, Nick

Its my pleasure to introduce our newest guest contributor – Nick Levitin

The Path – Marconi Park, Cape Cod Massachusetts

I grew up in Long Island, NY, in a house without a TV.  My window on the world was Life Magazine. It was the photographs, taken by many of the best photographers in the world at the time, that captured my imagination. I began using a camera seriously on a trip to Berlin in 1965 when my father bought me a Prakita camera with three lenses. I received my BFA from Boston University and went on to study at the Germain School of Photography in NY. Shortly thereafter, my camera and I became one. I began by documenting the mass gatherings in Central Park in the 1970s, eventually moved into portrait and theater production photography. During the last several years I have returned to documentary, as well as landscape work.  In addition, I have had  several solo shows in Montclair, Livingston and Short Hills, NJ.

I’m drawn to quiet theatrical moments. My photographs attempt to tell a story, whether the focus is on people or nature. The subject can be a person in the street, or a boat on the beach. Even in nature photography, there is something that evokes an emotion or a memory –– a sense of participation or solitude. I am fascinated by what is in the frame of the photograph –– the relationship between people and the space they occupy.  I want to connect and think my photographs reflect that – whether the subject is people or nature, I seek engagement. Most of my  recent work is in black & white. For me there is something mysterious, sensual and engaging about a black and white photograph. That is why, more often than not, I prefer it over color. Photographer Dominic Rouse, puts it well, “Color is everything, black and white is more.”

More of my work can be seen and purchased – here

Harbor Reflections

Black And White Photography, Kirk, Photography

I recently went out with my Leica M-P 240 and made some shots with my 1958 35mm Summaron f3.5 SM. I used my external optical viewfinder as it gave me more of that old time feel. I even shot at ISO 400 to give the experience a Tri-X feel. It was a lot of fun and brought me back to my roots shooting with my M3.

Sailing with Schooners

Black And White Photography, Kirk, Photography

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In Gloucester, MA every year we have a schooner festival. It’s a unique experience and I am lucky enough to be able to climb on board one of them whenever I want. This year I chose to shoot only in B&W mode on my Leica with my father’s old Leica/Schneider 21mm Super Angulon from 1963. In color this lens has a heavy magenta vignette so I tend to use it only in B&W.  A couple of years ago I had a CLA done on it and the optics are stunning.