New Delhi, India, 1970
Another picture from the 1969-70 IHP scholarship trip that I never printed before, but really like now.
A couple private questions have come in about what I was shooting with way back then, so a little bit of techy-doo. I had a Leica M4 with 35mm Summilux, and a 28mm Elmarit that I bought in Hong Kong (as planned long in advance) about eight weeks into the trip. Also a Pentax H3v with 55mm and 105mm Takumar lenses. Gossen Luna-Six light meter. Tri-X film.
To return to the editing theme, the twelve-shot edit I've referred to a couple times in recent posts was done around 1990, twenty years after the trip. Reviewing everything, I'm surprised to find that I mostly agree with the edit, in the sense of if it has to be just twelve pictures, these are the ones. The interesting thing is if I open it up to two or three dozen selections, they would include pictures I printed shortly after the trip, and a few that I never noticed before. An interesting side point is that the twelve-shot edit is all from Leica shots—not because I was being snobbish about it but because at that point I was in a pretty extreme position of preferring short lens work (probably a reaction to the commercial work I was doing to make a living at the time where long lens work was very much au courrant). I still vastly favor short lenses (as I can examine with a couple clicks in Bridge to see what lenses were used for last month's pictures, not to mention that I don't even own any "long" lenses for any of my large and ultra-large format cameras). But still, there's a look to a tightly cropped viewpoint that just somehow works, every now and then.Very seldom for me, but sometimes. This must have been made with the 105 Takumar, and I like it.