LEICA LAB Marc De Tollenaere, Leica Ambassador
I not only hold Photo Tours in Venice, but I’m also honored to be part of the Leica Lab. The Leica Lab is a laboratory where all photography enthusiasts can learn, meet and exchange ideas. A space that witnesses the love and respect of Leica for Photography, and allow to involve those who shares this love with Leica. A place to talk in a fresh and informal way to meet everything that happens in the universe Leica, where you can learn new skills, discover stories and anecdotes from the lives of great photographers, sharing their pictures and submit them to the professional photographers. An evolving space, it will grow and be enriched with the contribution of all.
My first contribution to the Leica Lab is a photographic project that encompasses various experiences, around the world and in Venice. Especially in Venice I’m lucky to be able to photograph almost every day, both on my own, both during the Photo Walks Venice I hold. During these Photo Tours Venice, in fact, there is a prescribed route, but much is left to the improvisation of the moment, you can never know what will happen just around the corner! So I collected images from Burma, Cambodia, Nepal, Portugal, Georgia, India, and Italy, particularly Venice and Treviso. All with a common thread: the interpretation of the Sacred.
Sacrum, In-side us
My interview for the prestigious Leica Lab for the exhibition “28mm Street” and the launch of the Leica Q.
Here I am not particularly talking about the Photo Tours Venice I hold almost every day, but about travel photography in general, both in Venice and around the world. Often I’m asked what is the best lens to use during a Photo Tour Venice, or which equipment should one carry with him. Well, you can take with you the lenses you are more confortable with, but consider that a Photo Walk Venice is the perfect situation to try yourself with something you never did before!
The 28mm is often the perfect optics but not always, what do you think?
I say that everyone is free to choose the optics they prefer, but results are the goal. Zooms, in my opinion, have the great defect that allow you to make almost decent pictures immediately. Because of laziness or fear photographers often do not come close to the subject, but extends the focal length, and then they end in one of the worst possible dead ends because they will no longer be able to understand the importance of the person approaching, both from the perspective point of view and from the human point of view, too. For me the most important thing is to get rid of all the technical issues, living situation and live it up close, so I chose the universal optical par excellence: the 28mm. More depth of field, closer, more ability to describe the environment around us. And quality. How important it is to have a lightweight lens and great quality on the go? I would say that this also contributes to the results. Cartier – Bresson used to say: “You can not live to take pictures, you first need to live, and then life will give you the photos in addition.” This phrase represents everything I believe in.
Going on a trip is never easy, often we would like to bring all the equipment available, but let’s talk with you from about the basics: the old, acclaimed in the eighties, triad: 28 – 50 – 135mm. We start from the most wide-angle 28mm, how can you define it in one word?
If I were to use one word I would define it: “unique”. In the sense that for me this is the lens that allows me to be in every place and to live closely the situation I find myself in.
Why we should choose a wide-angle lens like the 28mm?
The 28mm is universal and allows me to get around without worrying about anything else other than what I am living at the time. It’s small, inintrusive, with a perfect angle for most situations. I know that what what interest me, happens at maximum 3 meters away from me, because I want to be there and “feel the situation.” In addition, combined with the Leica M and 24ml pixels it allows me to cut out in post-production and have some excellent images as if they were taken with a 35mm. The use of a single lens, among other things allows, and obliges I add, to know perfectly what the field of view will look like.
The full interview (in Italian)