Prowling my world, camera in hand

15 February 2006

Week 05 1/2: Guildford

Filed under: — Administrator @ 11:22

On Thursday of last week, I spent a pleasant afternoon with fellow member of the Leica Users Group, Peter Dzwig, in Guildford south of London. The weather was beautiful, and Peter showed me around the town before driving me to Gatwick airport taking a scenic route through the beautiful villages of Surrey. The phrase “England’s green and pleasant land” from the hymn Jerusalem definitely comes to mind. I was using a film camera for the first time in more than a year; while I appreciated the low weight of my Leica CL, I absolutely hated scanning the resulting negatives, especially since I had taken a film with me that was certainly not suitable for the sunny conditions.

Guildford was Lewis Carroll’s last residence, so there are several statues around the town related to Alice in Wonderland, such as this one:
(Leica CL, 40mm Summicron, Tri-X)

Here is Peter in action with some ancient screw-mount Leica:
(Leica CL, 40mm Summicron, Tri-X)

A walkway across the river in Guildford:
(Leica CL, 40mm Summicron, Tri-X)

We ate lunch in a pub by the river; on the terrace there was a sign showing that the pub had the right priorities:
(Leica CL, 40mm Summicron, Tri-X)

Walking back along the river, we saw two couples, one in stone and one in flesh:
(Leica CL, 40mm Summicron, Tri-X)

The remaining images are from the drive to Gatwick, so I am not sure of the name of the villages. Here is a typical landscape:



(All images with Leica CL, 40mm Summicron, Tri-X)

And finally we stopped at an old church and cemetery in some state of disuse:
(Leica CL, 40mm Summicron, Tri-X)


  1. Nathan,
    If the negs were too contrasty you’ve been very successful hiding that when scanning!


    Comment by Bart Peeren — 15 February 2006 @ 12:04

  2. these images are a tribute to your excellent eye. no appology needed.
    Mervin Stewart

    Comment by Mervin Stewart — 15 February 2006 @ 14:24

  3. Hi Nathan,

    You used my favorite camera-film combination. That tour of the mother countree is appreciated. I use two digitals and five film cameras and find no discontinuity among them.

    Since I don’t have a highspeed line, maintaining a Web page is laborious, so I don’t bother with it.

    Best wishes,
    Bob Rosen
    Eugene, OR

    Comment by Bob — 15 February 2006 @ 20:24

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