This is part 2 of 4. If you haven’t read the previous parts, you should probably go back to the beginning.
Then Joe took a trip to Roswell. As I mentioned in Part 1, Joe rides motorcycles: BMWs, Kawasakis, and more recently, a Harley. He’s also interested in UFOs and the Roswell Incident. I think he’s more interested in the characters who are drawn to them than to the alleged aliens and spacecraft themselves, but his interest is enough that he’s made several trips out there by motorbike, always during the annual UFO convention.
On his last trip to Roswell, Joe met Erik van ’t Woud. Erik, a photojournalist from the Netherlands, was shooting with a Leica M camera — but it wasn’t a film camera; it was the latest and greatest digital Leica. When Joe returned home, he told me about this Dutchman and his crazy camera, and showed me the Roswell pictures that Erik had emailed to him.
Wow. These are terrific. This makes me want to make pictures, I thought. (Sidenote: What I was really thinking was
I want a camera like that!)
When Erik was in Roswell, he had no plans for the pictures he was making — maybe he’d put together a gallery exhibition, maybe not. But this January, the pictures were published in book form, and in May, Joe lent me the copy Erik had mailed him. Inspired by what I saw, I began researching Leica cameras on the internet.
To be continued …