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— About Brett, Leica and Queensberry —

BRETT | Photographer

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

Photography for me 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 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 a 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, took up mountain walking. After 20 years of travelling up and down the M6 at weekends and for holidays, they retired to the Lake District.

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

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

Brett’s passion for photography started when he was given a plastic camera and darkroom kit at the tender age of seven. 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, the Leica M is an exceptionally loyal tool. For my travels, it is a spontaneous and perfectly discreet companion. Leica M gives me the freedom to be a photojournalist and an anonymous tourist at the same time.

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Early photographic inspiration ... whilst poring over Photography Year Books I noticed that most of my favourite photos were captured with a Leica camera. Maybe some of the best photographers choose to shoot Leica, or is the camera itself instrumental in the process? I couldn't work it out.

I decided to get the camera to find out. I had no idea that I would end up shooting 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 most extraordinary thing about a Leica is the way it enables you to blend into the scene.

The rangefinder system in itself demands traditional knowledge, whilst the styling of the Leica M concept encourages a different kind of approach to the subject. You are seen as a person before you become a photographer, and the camera speaks for itself as part of your body language.

All this, and yet the camera body is a means to an end - the ability to capture scenes through the glass of legendary Leica lenses, and be able to carry it around in a small bag or a large pocket.

I'm passionate about passing on the knowledge of how to get the most out of these unique cameras to my peers and to Leica enthusiasts. Leica is a lifelong association of
... passion and perfection for creating unique images.

Brett has worked with a number of camera platforms. For years now, he chooses to work exclusively with the Leica M system. The British photographer now focuses his lens on lifestyle documentation - with a
skilled eye for detail and 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. Add a wealth of ways to personalise an album and Queensberry truly is the perfect way to present and preserve your story.’

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A bride-to-be once remarked, ‘I love your photography ... the albums not so much.
Did she want something handmade, possibly tailor-made - with groups of images on the pages?

Eager to please, keen to improve; we were led to the other side of the globe - New Zealand, to find the best in the world - Queensberry ... artisan binders of simply 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. We believe a physical album to be the perfect legacy for precious, story-telling images. 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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