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— About Brett, Leica and Queensberry —

Brett Photographer

I know that the only thing I really own is my photography ...

‘My photography is the privilege to capture someone’s special day, the ability to share my knowledge with other photographers, and freedom to document life around me, by choice or by chance.

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Early photographic adventures ... the very first time I started to take pictures in sequences rather than individual shots, was on an outdoor activity trip with my school. We travelled up in a minibus and stayed in an old youth hostel overlooking Derwentwater.

I remember Keswick as the most special place, it still is for me. I remember Kendal Mint Cake, frozen sandwiches, Skiddaw, Catbells, wet boots, aching muscles, and above all - views above the clouds.

Invariably, we would climb in the rain or on ice and snow, and afterwards, I would present a slideshow of our exploits. The most amazing thing in the mountains is the light and the changing weather. There is no such thing as bad weather in landscape photography.

I brought my 35mm transparencies home to show my parents who, on seeing that breath-taking scenery projected, took up mountain walking. After 20 years of climbing Great Britain at weekends,
they retired to the Lake District ... to conquer Wainwright's Lakeland Fells.

So I still have a regular connection and affinity with that area and that landscape.

The images are always there; a permanent record of where I go, what I’ve seen and who I have met
... I know that the only thing I really own is my photography.

Brett’s passion for photography started with a plastic camera and darkroom kit. He recalls spending hours developing prints in the family bathroom!’
— The Leica Camera Blog —

Leica Camera

Passion and perfection for creating unique images ...

I use Leica M and no other camera system. For my professional work, it is an exceptionally loyal tool - for my travels, it is a spontaneous and perfectly discreet companion. Leica M gives me freedom to be a photojournalist and an anonymous tourist at the same time.

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As a teenager, I would spend hours looking through Photography Year Books. I noticed that most of my favourite images had been captured with a Leica. Maybe the best photographers were drawn to shoot Leica, or was the camera itself instrumental to the process? I couldn't work it out.

I decided to get the camera to find out. I had no idea that one day I would shoot Leica for Leica.

In a century of Leica, its legacy is in the co-creation of many of the world's most memorable images.
The Leica M series has been slowly and conservatively shaped to realise the quintessential elements of photography. Leica's mission, ‘Das Wesentliche’, translates - ‘the essence of what matters’.

The most extraordinary thing about a Leica is the way it enables you to blend unobtrusively into a scene. You can wear a Leica, or it can be ever-ready in a small case or large pocket.

The rangefinder inspires a classic technique and traditional manners. You are seen as a person with a camera ahead of being a photographer. The Leica speaks quietly as part of your body language.
This freedom, coupled with a Leica lens, creates the signature look of a Leica photograph.

I've owned many Leica cameras and lenses since my first M2 at 18. The perfect way to develop
... passion and perfection for creating unique images.

For years now, Brett has chosen to work exclusively with the Leica M. The British photographer focuses his lens on lifestyle documentation - with a skilled eye for detail, always without a tripod and flash unit.
— Leica Fotografie International —

Queensberry Album

We believe in beautiful photography, beautifully presented ...

‘A Queensberry album is a marvel of meticulous craftsmanship and technology that enables every page to be unique. Queensberry is the perfect way to personalise, present, and preserve your story.’

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A bride-to-be once remarked, ‘I love your photography ... the albums not so much!’
She wanted something handmade, possibly tailor-made - with groups of images on a page?

Eager to please, keen to improve ... our search led to the other side of the world: New Zealand -
to find the best in the world: Queensberry, artisan binders of exquisite books and albums.
The Queensberry family are now our photographic partners and our friends.

In a world of mass-production, Queensberry affords individuality and personal choice.
Album page layouts are custom designed from your chosen images. Photographs are developed traditionally using light-sensitive paper and silver-based chemistry.

Prints are carefully trimmed and hand-mounted within bevel-cut apertures. Contemporary genuine leathers are specially made by one of France's oldest and finest tanneries.

Queenberry albums are bespoke, book-bound and made-to-order.

We have a passion for family history and real photographs. Our own wedding album is a Queensberry
... we believe in beautiful photography, beautifully presented.

‘Tasked to produce a comprehensive, loving photo journal of a very important day - wedding photographers must be sensitive and discreet. To this end, the genre is experiencing the rise of an increasingly influential snapshot style. British photographer Brett is a master of the art.’
— Leica Fotografie International —

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