The various photo galleries and photography selections by Ed Gleason.
My intention here is to present several clusters of images which represent the types of photographs which have attracted my attention over the years. The problem is that since there are very few categories in the extensional world that I have NOT elected to photograph, classification within the collection was not easy. Notwithstanding the confusion that might arise over why a particular image appears under one heading when it might also be justifiably presented under another, I can only apologize and argue that each item in my seven virtual galleries is given a placement within a grouping that ought be obvious but which, on the other hand, could find a kinship with images in other categories as well.
In the early 1960s, $200 covered the cost of a 35mm Honeywell Pentax “Spotmatic.” Pre-digital Nikon film cameras and lenses followed, but it was on a trip to Cork City, Ireland in 1986 when I was introduced to the camera and lens technology of the Leica M system. Leica’s history — which is essentially the history of the artists (among them Man Ray, Berenice Abbott, Lazlo Maholy-Nage, Robert Capa, Andre Kertesz, Henri Cartier-Bresson) who used Leicas — guided my equipment choices for the next 25 years.
In the first decade of the 21st century, however, the Leica company failed to foresee the significance of digital imaging and consequently fell far behind in digital imaging technology. I sold all my M equipment and shifted my interest to Canon’s superb line of digital bodies and lenses (my first magazine cover sale — of jazz bassist Ron Carter — was to London’s Jazz Journal and shot with the Canon 300mm f.4 telephoto lens). By 2005, Leica, under new management, moved solidly back to the top of the list with a wide array of digital cameras, some of which have mimicked the analogue rangefinder series but many of which have adopted such new technologies as auto-focus, full-frame imaging and auto-ISO.
Their entire lens series, which was always the best on the market, is usable — via various adapters — on the newer camera models. Currently, I am a “reconstituted” Leica aficionado with three Leica bodies (M Monochrome, Q and SL) and multiple lenses from which to choose. And I have to applaud the innovations and the convenience of the Fuji camera line, especially the XT-2 to which I turn on occasion.