The Summer Line Up
Linen + Leicas
It feels like ages since I’ve been in the studio. The last two months feel like a blur. Thank god there were a few cameras to capture evidence of my travels. It’s been exciting, tiring, and fulfilling all at the same time. In fact, I’m not even sure where to begin. The list of upcoming events, programs, and reviews looks outstanding, so as my jetlag wears off, I’d like to give a brief layout of what you can expect for the summer here at Adam Marelli Workshops.
When I think of summer time, especially on the east coast, there are a few things that come to mind. BBQ’s, frosted drinks and outfits unfit for any other occasion make an appearance in the months of July and August. Whether your summer costume consists of tropical patterns or fine Irish linen, the warm weather is a welcome blessing after our endless winter. To start, you can find me at the Explorer’s Club this thursday for a Kon-Tiki-themed party where ‘The less you wear the better.” It will be a good kick off to the warm months, as I dust off the surfboard, put away the sweaters and swap them for wetsuits.
Details Here: The Three Island BBQ
Then on Friday, I will be speaking at Leica SoHo as a follow up to my opening last month. We had a great turnout and honestly, it was impossible to get into the stories behind the pictures in one night. For this reason we are having another evening to talk about how and why the project came about. If you are into travel stories or would just like to pick my brain on how you can plan your next project, rsvp at firstname.lastname@example.org to join us from 5-7pm (or at least until the Japanese whiskey runs out)
Last year marked the first time that Helen Todd, who runs Leica’s social media, invited me to speak at SXSW’s V2V conference in Las Vegas. For those of you who are not familiar with V2V, it is an offshoot of the already popular SXSW, focused on Creativity & Entrepreneurship. I guess we behaved ourselves well enough last year and were invited back for round two. We will be presenting a talk on “Fear, the other F Word.”
Throughout the year and particularly in the workshops, I meet a lot of talented people who are too shy, a little unsure, and filled with more doubt than confidence. I’d like to think that beyond setting an example that you can write your own story, that we all make ourselves available to encourage people to pursue the things they love. Even if it seems scary to give up a stable position or dive into a creative career, we believe it’s possible and we’d like to see you do it too! We will be in Las Vegas from Sunday July 13-Thursday July 16 and maybe we will see some of you there.
Leica 240 Review
As most of you already know, I’m not much of a gearhead. Usually I head out with a single camera body and maybe an extra lens. But over the last two months, I’ve been shooting a Leica 240, compliments of Leica Miami, and will be collecting my thoughts on the upgrades from the M9 and Monochrom. This will be a review from the user’s end. There are no scientific studies or ISO comparisons, but I have firmed up my opinions on the future of the M system and while the 240 is not perfect, I like the direction things are going. (Most of the pictures in this post are shot with the 240.)
In August, I will be taking my only “non-photo vacation” to Sardegna. The southern end of the island, which I started going to a few years back, is a great place to relax, drink some great Vermentino’s and leave the camera in the house. BUT this year, Leica wanted me to test drive the new Leica T as a travel-only camera, and why not? It should be great. So look for the images and and review in the middle of September.
Book Review: The 7th Dog by Danny Lyon
Phaidon just sent me a copy of Danny Lyon’s new book called “The 7th Dog.” In short, Danny says it’s the story of his life and after a quick view, I can say that’s an understatement. For those of you who have read my other articles on Danny, you know that I appreciate Danny’s pioneering spirit. He lives the life he shoots and it makes all the difference.
Along with the images, Danny is an exceptional writer and the book is not to be missed. Phaidon always does a stellar job with these stories and I will dive into the book more fully, because all too often I meet photographers who want to know…”What should I do next?” While Danny might not answer all of your questions, he will definitely give you a few options to guide you along the way.”
Leica Blog Interview No. 5
A few months ago the folks at Leica Meet had an event at Leica SoHo. I made it down in the afternoon to see some old friends and a few new faces. They are a great collective started by Olaf Willoughby and Eileen McCarney Muldoon. Very much in line with Art Photo Feature out of India, they are a mix of professional and non-professional Leica shooters who are passionate about making images. They asked me to talk about project development and more specifically, what to do when things don’t feel like they are coming together. The final article will look at a bunch of the pictures I’ve made while traveling through Italy, Germany, and England in the last two months. The camera truly has been my sketch book. Look for the interview in the late summer and in case you missed the other interviews have a look here.
- No. 4 Traces of a Lost Ceremony
- No. 3 Venetian Boatyards
- No. 2 Varanasi, Terracotta Tea
- No. 1 Words come to Life
Thats all for now, I am happy to be back and look forward to hearing from all of you!
And if you would like to follow some of the summer happenings, check out my Instagram feed at adammarelli.