The daily inspiration is back after a week off (due to my schedule last week) – Today I bring you some images from a new Leica M9 owner, Allan Kassin. Ill let him tell you his story…
this is my first post…. here goes.
Colombia in a nutshell is full of life, nature and culture. Our greatest asset other than our human talent is our geography which gives us great mountains, plains, deserts and oceans. Ive been shooting with a Leica M9 since April and it offers me tremendous advantages when shooting on location in small towns and little villages throughout my country. Switching from D700 was not hard, even considering the price of the M9 when confronted with carrying a huge camera, in addition to zoom lenses a prime lens and a tripod. Not only is my back feeling incredible, I cant overstate how stealthy you can be shooting with the M9. I find that i attract much less attention shooting with my rangefinder which is useful in any travel situation. I tend to get better shots if my subjects are not intimidated by a bulky camera and a huge 24/70 2.8 lens
I hope you enjoy these shots taken in a tiny village in Colombia called San Basilio de Palenque. San Basilio is a bastion of freedom, founded in the first few years of the 1600s by runaway slaves brought to Colombia from Africa. They retain a very strong cultural heritage based on their intellectual African roots, preserving strong semblances of their language, medicine and music. As Colombians we are approaching our bicentennial, 200 years marked by many distinguishing factors, most notably a sad history of violence and war. San Basilio celebrated its own bicentennial, 200 years ago, yet they still survive and manage to thrive despite harsh economic realities. Modernity has not always been kind to San Basilio yet they stand proud as a true testament of resiliency and adaptation.