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— About Brett, Leica and Queensberry —

BRETT | Photographer

I know only how to be a photographer ...

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.

Elements Gallery Jaws Borrowdale English Lake District By Brett Leica Photographer
Elements Gallery Portrait Bybrett By Brett Leica Photographer
Elements Gallery Mayfair London City By Brett Leica Photographer

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.

I remember Keswick as the most special place and it still is for me. I remember the mint cake, frozen sandwiches, Skiddaw, Catbells, crampons, wet boots, aching muscles and above all fabulous views.

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 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.

Through my work I've had a privileged insight into countless other trades and professions; all at first-hand. I aspire to be an observer who uses the camera simply to crop the real world.

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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. The Leica M gives me the freedom to be a photojournalist and an anonymous tourist at the same time.

Elements Gallery M240 Mp Safari Camera Retro Summilux Billingham Bag By Brett Leica Photographer
Elements Gallery M9 Camera Noctilux Snow By Brett Leica Photographer
Elements Gallery M8 2 Camera Elmar Wedding Suit By Brett Leica Photographer

My work is split between weddings, workshops, and world assignments. I apply the same philosophy to all three. The rangefinder camera is the inspiration and that defines my approach. My shooting style is one of active observation, documenting life around me with both precision and spontaneity.

I'm passionate about passing on the knowledge of how to get the most out of these magnificent cameras to my peers and to Leica enthusiasts. I have developed targeted workshops created around the individual photographer’s needs, and offering advice, tips and techniques to expand and develop their knowledge - all based on my extensive hands-on experience.

The motivation in my current photographic style is to embrace the synergy between wedding and street photography - capturing the everyday within the special day, and the extra in the ordinary.

I practice my craft of wedding photography whilst on the street and during workshops, honing my skills as a reportage photographer, and vice versa. My favourite aperture is ‘wide open’.

I’m looking to capture the more unusual moments in a wedding day, made possible by anticipating the usual occurrences on our streets. Both are real-life; both are documentary. My other motivation is to be able, one day, to completely master the rangefinder system ...

The rangefinder system in itself - the extraordinary styling of the M concept - encourages a different kind of approach to the subject. And the most important aspect, in any case, is how your presence and the way you handle your camera affects the person standing opposite you. Your body language will speak long before you do.

Leica is a lifelong association: in pursuit of your best photograph yet.

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Brett has worked with a number of camera platforms. For years now, he chooses to work exclusively with the Leica M system. Having explored industrial photography and social reportage, 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 the album, and Queensberry truly is the perfect way to present and preserve your story.’

Elements Gallery Queensberry Cappuccino Leather Album By Brett Leica Photographer
Elements Gallery Queensberry Wing Page Album By Brett Leica Photographer
Elements Gallery Queensberry Handmade Bespoke Album By Brett Leica Photographer

A bride-to-be once remarked that she loved my photography ... but not so much my albums. She wanted something handmade, possibly tailor-made, and with groups of images on a page?

My eagerness to please and improve, led me to the other side of the world - to New Zealand, to find the best in the world - Queensberry: producers of simply exquisite books and albums.

The Queensberry family are now our photographic partners and our friends.

In a world of mass-production, Queensberry stands for individuality: handmade and personal. Album page layouts are individually designed using images of your choice. Prints are real photographs using traditional light-sensitive paper and silver-based chemistry.

The unique page mounts frame your images with a striking keyline border, created by carefully trimming and hand mounting each print to sit within page apertures. Contemporary genuine leathers are specially made by one of France's oldest and finest artisan tanneries.

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.

Queensberry albums are book-bound, bespoke, made-to-order, and ... not only for weddings.

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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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