Made With Leica #14 Mark Hubis
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Mark Hubis is a passionate engineer, businessman and photographer. The Leica M9 is his perfect tool for every situation and a faithful companion on his various trips.
Mark Hubis – Engineer and Businessman
This contribution isn’t so much about photography with a Leica as it is about a lifestyle with a Leica. I’m an engineer and businessman, and like many of my trade, I’ve developed a sense of visual expression that permeates my work, be it a written report, a slide presentation, or a 2-second sketch on a Flip-chart. Not surprisingly, I’m also a serious amateur photographer.
It seems like I’m always travelling–I fly back and forth between the US and Europe once a month, and have been flying around-the-world some 4x/year, most of this only with carry-on luggage—a stuffed computer bag and a rolling suitcase. My business contacts are amazing in their hospitality, showing me places, foods, and sights that I’d never have discovered as a tourist. This is not “destination Photo-shoot” Travel—it’s flights, airports, taxis, meetings, site tours, and then off to the next stop, with only the occasional, mostly unplanned chance to get out and walk around with a camera.
The Leica Lifestyle
Conventional photographic wisdom is that the best camera in any situation is the one that you have with you, and this has been the big advantage of the M9—It’s always with me. I travel with one body, and 4 lenses: 21, 28, 50 and 75mm. Many would say that’s 3 lenses too many, but each has its use.
It’s also argued that photography should be independent of equipment. Yes, it is about the image, but for me, the technical quality of a photograph was always important, and that quality is often massively Influenced by equipment and how it is used. My father also loved photography and started me well–my first systems were Kodachrome 25 in a Nikkormat, plus a Mamiya 645 loaded with either Kodak Vericolor or Ilford Pan F. I was thrilled by low-grain, low DOF images, often enlarging them up to 16×20”. This shaped me.
Years later, when I converted to digital, I went through a series of SLRs, plus a few good, raw-capable travel cameras. These systems all had their pros and cons, but I missed the “look” of those older prints, and I did a lot of post-production masking and blurring in Photoshop to try and get it back. It worked—sort of—but honestly, not really.
The Leica M9 solved all of that. There’s enough platitudes out there about Leica lenses, but I’ll just say that they have made it easier for me to convey what–and how–I see. I’ve also come back to printing, albeit now only to Super-B size, but on good rag paper with the latest generation of inks. Silly as it may sound, I often most appreciate my Leica during the printing process and when I look at finished, framed prints.
I don’t generally publish my work, nor do I do anything beyond the very occasional volunteer-work shoot for anybody else. I photograph my family and friends, and the people and places I encounter in my travels. My photography is really nothing more than my attempt to explain to anybody who’s interested why I find the world a very interesting, in fact beautiful, place.
Here is some photographic work by Mark Hubis. Enjoy browsing: