Frankfurt-based Maik Scharfscheer is, above all, a very successful commercial photographer, who works primarily with a Leica M or S. He is one of the first photographers who were given the chance a few months ago to try out a prototype of the new Leica Summilux-M 1:1.4/28 mm ASPH. He took the lens to Marrakesh in Morocco where he produced some fascinating pictures of a parkour athlete.
Q: Where did the idea to try out the new Summilux on parkour in Marrakesh come from?
A: I’d met David, the parkour athlete, during an art project. I’d always wanted to do a parkour story in Marrakesh because, on the one hand, I’ve photographed many sports campaigns and, on the other, I’ve already done lots of photo shoots in Marrakesh. When Leica offered me the 28 mm, this story was on hand, because I had consciously decided not to photograph with a sports camera with high frame rates, but rather to carefully choose exciting perspectives with good light. I know where to find great backdrops with great light in Marrakesh; and these were the places we went, where I was able to photograph relatively spontaneously. I deliberately avoided turning up with a whole team, possibly blocking off streets or having assistants holding up lights.