UPDATE: The link is the same, but the portfolio itself has actually changed quite a bit since this post was first written, with some new pictures and a different flow to the set.
My friend Peter Turnley is back from his workshop in Lisbon, Portugal, which he called "a wonderful revelation—a wonderful city." Because Leica is now a partner in some of his workshops, providing cameras for students to use during the week, Peter got a chance to shoot with the Leica M9-P.
It's not often Peter will talk about equipment, but he says "credit should be given where it is due, and working with the Leica M9-P and the 35mm ƒ/1.4 Summilux lens was a true joy—I truly rediscovered the joy of street photography that I had felt for more than 30 years working in Paris with my Leica film cameras. It wasn't only the elegance, discreet nature, and quick performance of the camera that I liked—but something maybe more important, and that was a familiar spatial relationship with the 35mm lens, the frame perspective and plane of the camera, with the exterior world I was observing. I had not found this familiar relationship with any other digital camera these past years and it seemed to me that it had very positive impact on the compositions I was making of what my eye framed."
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Featured Comment by Rui Silva: "Lisbon is a wonderful city, as are most Portuguese cities. Great light, old monuments and buildings, friendly people and quite safe to walk around taking pictures. Worth a visit. I personally recommend Aveiro, my own city."
Mike replies: My grandmother loved to travel, and had been to many places in Europe and elsewhere. I remember Portugal was her absolute favorite.
P.S. by Rui: "Forget to add, most part of Leicas are made in Portugal."