Leica Australia have just informed me that the camera body of the salt water damaged M4-P rangefinder (circa 1980s) has been repaired and that it is on the way from Wetzlar in Germany to Sydney, Australia. Sadly, the Leica 50mm Summicron f.2 lens is unrepairable as was the basic Sekonic light meter (a Sekonic L-308 S) that I'd been using. I need to buy another 50mm Summicron and, unfortunately for me, these lenses aren't cheap, even the second hand ones. So it won't be going with me to Japan in October.
I have missed not using the M4-P (one camera one lens) the last 10 months that it has been in Germany. I found the simplicity of the camera (one body, one prime lens) so appealing. The simplicity of the rangefinder is that it reduces the gap between meditative seeing and the camera's sight. It is a shift towards becoming one with the camera.
I made the above photo in the winter of 2022. It is from one of the 5 rolls of 400 ASA Portra that I'd exposed prior to the M4-P becoming badly damaged. It was the late afternoon winter light that caught my eye as I was walking along one of the various paths in the bushland that were made by the kangaroos with Kayla.
This was one of the rare occasions when Kayla and I walked together in the afternoon We usually did the early morning walks together. It was a momentary situation in the local bushland in Waitpinga as the sunlight quickly shifted lower in the horizon behind some trees and the bark was then in shadow, unnoticed. A fleeting moment in the flux or the transience of the world.
It was a situation in which I was starting to shift towards a more mediative awareness and seeing -- an intuitive seeing of the now moment. Rather than the photographing encapsulating the walking practice (impossible) it is a becoming more aware of the present moment. This becoming aware of the present moment is usually done through a process of “just sitting” in conscious awareness. It is called Shikantaza in Zen.