Bruno Gracia, born in Spain, is a self-taught photographer who has been photographing for the past four years. He now lives in London where he tries to express the feelings he sees on the street. Here Alex Coghe talks with Bruno about how he discovered Leica, his life as a Spaniard in London and more.
Q: Bruno, you started with photography four years ago using a DLSR. After a year, you discovered Leica. You told me that it’s a way of life for you. Could you tell us a bit more about this story of love and passion?
A: Like many of us, I stepped into Leica after a time with DSLR cameras. And the reason underlying this change was due to some difficult moments I came across in a stage of my life. I sheltered in online forums seeking information about photography. Since I was a beginner, I discovered a Spanish forum focused on rangefinder cameras, and hence, on Leica. The more I read about it, the more I fell in love with the aesthetic images and the final quality they offer. I did not doubt it and decided to sell all my previous gadgets and bought a M8 with a 50 mm f/2 Summicron. It was then when everything changed: its focus, complete control, speed and opening, fast and easy menu and build quality made me think Leica was going to be with me until death. Thanks to it I started to cheer up and I went out to take pictures, people looked at me due to the old aspect of the camera and they smiled at me. It was then impossible to carry on living without my Leica.
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