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The Boston Dazzle. Leica M 240 with Leica 50mm Noctilux-M ASPH f/0.95. Thorsten Overgaard © 2014
   
 
   

On The Road with Thorsten Overgaard · February 2014

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By: Thorsten Overgaard

This is the ongoing journal of my travels, photography, experience with people, places and equipment.

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"When I want to know something about Leica, I look at your website"

 
  - Andreas Kaufmann (Owner of Leica Camera AG)  

 

It was snowing in Denmark in the beginning of February. Here somebody made a hearth in the snow on the table outside my favorite Cafe Englen in Aarhus.
It was snowing in Denmark in the beginning of February. Here somebody made a hearth in the snow on the table outside my favorite Cafe Englen in Aarhus.

 

     
 

"I want to tell you that I love your work. I stumbled acrossed your website and although your pictures are moving, you seem to be very approachable."

 
  - A. W. (Wisconsin, USA)  

 

 

     
 

"The Overgaard Photography Workshop is an investment that pays immediate dividends.

In four short days there was a marked swagger in my step. This may sound irrelevant to photography, but in my opinion it’s one of the unspoken tangibles that make professional photographers like Thorsten so damn good – their confidence is able to make them disappear in a sense, and put their subjects at ease.

The funny thing about this is that it wasn’t something discussed during the workshop, it was something that I learned from observing Thorsten work. The way he moved without hesitation, the manner in which he sized up his subject, and got the shot and moved on. Quick, clean, and confident! For me, that was the most valuable part of the workshop – spending four days at the elbow of a professional photographer!

What an experience!

I came away excited, eager, and confident that I could produce the kind of photographs I’ve always envied!

Thank you to my friend Thorsten! Some time in the future, somewhere in the world, our paths will cross again!"

 
  - J. J.  

 

Back in LA

Los Angeles, United States, February 2-4

We had two short stays in Los Angeles during this trip to the US, and we will be doing one more short visit at the end of April where Joy's birthday and the ASCAP "I Create Music" Conference is happening.

But we basically just wanted to touch base with LA, so we decided to go there for a few days and then drive to SF.

 

On the Air France Airbus A380 double-decker Jumbo Jet from Paris to LA. See The Story Behind That Picture for more on this.
On the Air France Airbus A380 double-decker Jumbo Jet from Paris to LA. See The Story Behind That Picture for more on this.

 

The view from the bedroom window 7 AM to the Capitol Records building. I just can't sleep when I see that light. Leica M 240 with Leica 50mm Noctilux-M ASPH f/0.95
The view from the bedroom window 7 AM to the Capitol Records building. I just can't sleep when I see that light. Leica M 240 with Leica 50mm Noctilux-M ASPH f/0.95

 

     
 

"Dear Thorsten and Joy,

I wish to thank you and Joy for a wonderful four days of photography. From the first day of theory to the last day of choosing our best, it was a wonderful experience that inspired me to take more pictures and share them with others.

I learned a great deal from your critical comments and also your showing how to improve the final picture through minor adjustments in Lightroom. Many of my friends have a heavy hand with Lightroom but you showed us how to adjust the camera so that minimal post processing was necessary to have a good final product.

Joy was also such a pleasure to be with. She is such a professional in her chosen field of modeling, entertainment and production. Her sharing of this knowledge with us was a compliment to Thorsten's photographic knowledge. She was also very flexible and willing to share her poetry with us after coming out of the cold of Seoul's winter too.

I will always remember those four days as being very special because of both of you. When you come to Seoul again, I plan to be there!

Again thank you for a wonderful photo experience."

 
  - G. F. (Korea)  

 


Only in LA: You see a garage door open and an old Korean woman in a dress that looks like she just got it from a flea market, getting her almost never used shiny Volvo ready. You see old trailers from the 50s and 60s parked by the studios. An old VW like this. And in my hotel room, the design is as if the clock stopped when Hollywood was Hollywood and the US was reaching for the moon.  It's like walking around in an amusement park from one's last lifetime. I never see that elsewhere in the world (except UK where they stopped the clock before WWII). Leica M 240 with Leica 50mm Noctilux-M ASPH f/0.95, Thorsten Overgaard © 2014
Only in LA: You see a garage door open and an old Korean woman in a dress that looks like she just got it from a flea market, getting her almost never used shiny Volvo ready. You see old trailers from the 50s and 60s parked by the studios. An old VW like this. And in my hotel room, the design is as if the clock stopped when Hollywood was Hollywood and the US was reaching for the moon.
It's like walking around in an amusement park from one's last lifetime. I never see that elsewhere in the world (except UK where they stopped the clock before WWII). Leica M 240 with Leica 50mm Noctilux-M ASPH f/0.95, Thorsten Overgaard © 2014

 

     
 

"Well, just wanted to let you know that your website was the last drop in my patience and I finally got the new Leica M240. Thank you for your inspiring articles!"

 
  - B. B (Bulgaria)  

 

 

We met up with Joan Banks, sculpter and mother to Joy's guitarist Zach; and had a cozy kitchen talk at our hotel. We get to meet from time to time, the last few times were in Vienna and in Florida. Leica M 240 with Leica 50mm Noctilux-M ASPH f/0.95
We met up with Joan Banks, sculpter and mother to Joy's guitarist Zach; and had a cozy kitchen talk at our hotel. We get to meet from time to time, the last few times were in Vienna and in Florida. Leica M 240 with Leica 50mm Noctilux-M ASPH f/0.95

 

     
 

"Your website is FANTASTIC! The best on the internet. I have a long history in photography, but just took it up again after a 30 year hiatus. Bought a D3 and an M9. Tried both for a few months and ditched the Nikon. Now back to one photo at a time....

My comments come after 100 hours or so on the internet, reading various blogs, including every article on your website. Nicely done. Would love to take one of your courses. Hopefully our paths will cross soon."

 
  - D. M. (USA)  

 

Visiting the Leica Store Los Angeles where we had a tour and looked at prints with Sussan Farahani. Leica m 240 with Leica 50mm Noctilux-M APSH f/0.95. I updated my Leica History page with some more photos from the Leica Store Los Angeles. Have a look.
Visiting the Leica Store Los Angeles where we had a tour and looked at prints with Sussan Farahani. Leica m 240 with Leica 50mm Noctilux-M APSH f/0.95. I updated my Leica History page with some more photos from the Leica Store Los Angeles. Have a look.

I also met american photographer Al Satterwhite in the Leica Store Los Angeles, who had a Nikkor 7mm fisheye attached to his Leica M4 for some projects he is doing now.
I also met american photographer Al Satterwhite in the Leica Store Los Angeles, who had a Nikkor 7mm fisheye attached to his Leica M4 for some projects he is doing now.

 

     
 

"Thorsten, this is my first Leica in my life and I am 53 years old and I know this is a very special camera and I am extremely thankful for your generosity in helping me and others like me. I know you must put a lot of time and effort into your newsletters so I am extremely grateful for your help."

 
  - E. G. (San Diego)  

 

 

Overgaard Workshop Review in Luxoria Magazine

February 2014

My workshop has been reviewed in Luxoria Magazine by Rafael Zurita, and the photo by Mark Strachan of me with the rare original LEICA M3 DS that used to belong to Arnold Newman made it as the frontpage of Luxoria. Have a look at the article "Overgaard’s Shadow…What is it in the mind of a Photographer?"

 

Thorsten Overgaard Workshop Review in Luxoria Magazine
Thorsten Overgaard by Mark Strachan, holding the rare original LEICA M3 DS thar used to belong to Arnold Newman.

 

     
 

"Your website and the information it contains is just fantastic. Leica should sponsor all your material!! (perhaps they do?)"

 
  - B. D. (Belgium)  

 

 

A visit to Lompoc, California

Lompoc, United States, February 4, 2014

Joy Villa returned to her old Lompoc High School to tell about her career as an artist, perform and inspire the kids to reach for their dreams.

 

Joy Villa speaking at Lompoc High School in Lompoc, California.
Joy Villa speaking at Lompoc High School in Lompoc, California.

 

     
 

"Your blog is amazing. I'm so grateful for the time you've taken to explain your shots and how to use the Leica equipment. I'm just starting out in the photography world. More for personal reasons and to capture our family memories and travels.

Thanks again for your site and your photos are wonderful! Just beautiful. I will be spending plenty more time at your site!"

 
  - R. R. (USA)  

 

Joy signing autographs for the teenagers at Lompoc High School .
Joy signing autographs for the teenagers at Lompoc High School .

 

     
 

"I just wanted to say THANK YOU for the tremendous work on these Leica M9-P pages. I have a Leica M9-P since last Friday and your webpages are far more interesting reading than the user manual !

I think you have saved me from going totally desperate with my new Leica... (I have 'upgraded' from my Canon 5DMKII to a Leica and the change is huge!)"

 
  - E. R. (Brussels)  

 

 

Highway 101

Along the Pacific coast, United States, February 5-6, 2014

We drove from Los Angeles to Lompoc and then stayed the night in the small Lucia Lodge that is on a hillside without telephone signal (!) and has only 10 cottages. When we arrived at 7pm it was pitch black except two small lamps over the door to the reception and our room. Down below we could hear the ocean roar.


Staying the night in one of the ten cottages in Lucia Lodge on the hillside of Highway 1. So far from everything they close the restaurant at 6pm and there is no cell signal. So we slept 11 hours straight ... I guess we needed it. Leica M 240 with Leica 21mm Summilux-M ASPH f/1.4
Staying the night in one of the ten cottages in Lucia Lodge on the hillside of Highway 1. So far from everything they close the restaurant at 6pm and there is no cell signal. So we slept 11 hours straight ... I guess we needed it. Leica M 240 with Leica 21mm Summilux-M ASPH f/1.4

 

     
 

"Your Newsletter email is a real joy and inspiration. Thank you for providing it."

 
  - C. B (USA)  

 


7am outside the lodge on Highway 1. First rain this winter in the mountains around Big Sur. It should keep raining for three days as it turned out, so we were warned that rocks will slide down on the road when it rains (and they did). We drove carefully to San Francisco in the morning. Leica M 240 with Leica 50mm Summilux-M ASPH f/0.95
7am outside the lodge on Highway 1. First rain this winter in the mountains around Big Sur. It should keep raining for three days as it turned out, so we were warned that rocks will slide down on the road when it rains (and they did). We drove carefully to San Francisco in the morning. Leica M 240 with Leica 50mm Summilux-M ASPH f/0.95

 

     
 

"Thank You, a very informative and very educational website. Made me rethink my photography, and use my current dSLR gear more. I'm not a pro, but just an eager enthusiast. I'm contemplating on upgrading from my student year M4-P to the M 240. Now I got my original Summicron 35mm, an 1983 model year made in Canada."

 
  - A. I. (Tanzania)  

 

Crossroads: In a traffic crossing in City of Guadalupe in California, angels watching over the dead, electricity lines, telephone lines and trucks meet in a surreal symphony. Leica M 240 with Leica 50mm Noctilux-M ASPH f/0.95. Thorsten Overgaard © 2014.
Crossroads: In a traffic crossing in City of Guadalupe in California, angels watching over the dead, electricity lines, telephone lines and trucks meet in a surreal symphony. Leica M 240 with Leica 50mm Noctilux-M ASPH f/0.95. Thorsten Overgaard © 2014.

 

San Francisco

San Francisco, United States, February 6-10, 2014


     
 

"I love your website and the detail you go into. At the same time I've fell in love with your style of photography. Hopefully I can take the time to attend one of your workshops."

 
  - X. L. (Texas)  

 


Cafe talk in San Francisco. Leica M 240 with Leica 50mm Noctilux-M ASPH f/0.95
Cafe talk in San Francisco. Leica M 240 with Leica 50mm Noctilux-M ASPH f/0.95

 

     
 

"The workshop with you really pushed an evolution in my photography… particularly the notion of sharpness, and how the photographer controls the illusion of sharpness with the light instead of using just the rendering capabilities of the lens."

 
  - P. W.  

 


Liking the feeds. Leica M 240 with Leica 50mm Noctilux-M ASPH f/0.95
Liking the feeds. Leica M 240 with Leica 50mm Noctilux-M ASPH f/0.95

 


Steve Child. Leica M 240 with Leica 50mm Noctilux-M ASPH f/0.95. Thorsten von Overgaard © 2014.
Steve Child. Leica M 240 with Leica 50mm Noctilux-M ASPH f/0.95. Thorsten von Overgaard © 2014.

 

 

     
 

"Thank you Thorsten for your inspiring newsmail. I recently bought a Leica M 240 with a Summicron F2 35mm. It was the best I could afford at this time and I have been following your newsmail ever since.

You have been like a mentor to me and I have been taking your professional advice ever since I got my camera. You have helped me tremendously, please keep up the good work and know that there are people out there like me that need your professional guidance and are very thankful for what you do for us."

 
  - E. G. (USA)  

 



Peter Wais in San Francisco. Leica M 240 with Leica 50mm Noctilux-M ASPH f/0.95
Peter Wais in San Francisco. Leica M 240 with Leica 50mm Noctilux-M ASPH f/0.95

 

     
 

"The article on the Leica M is amazing. It's informative, interesting and pleasure to read."

 
  - K. M. (USA)  

 

     
 

"I appreciate a lot what you do... I learn lots from you. Carry on Thorsten, you work is appreciated."

 
  - D. B (Moscow)  


     
 

"I am brand new to Leica and in fact have only owned my M 240 for around two weeks now. I originally shot Nikon, then went to Fuji, so the switch to Leica has been quite a change for me.

The reason I am writing is to tell you thank you for all of the wonderful information on your website. I am constantly searching the internet for information with my Leica obsession and I am always led back to your site. Your site has helped me so much and has definitely shortened my learning curve."

 
  - J. R. (Colorado)  

 


Deep concentration at Ritual Coffee Roasters, San Francisco. A moment on enlightenment. Leica M 240 with Leica 50mm Noctilux-M ASPH f/0.95. Thorten Overgaard © 2014.
Deep concentration at Ritual Coffee Roasters, San Francisco. A moment on enlightenment. Leica M 240 with Leica 50mm Noctilux-M ASPH f/0.95. Thorten Overgaard © 2014.

 


We met with singer and writer Ronnie Heaven in San Francisco. Leica M 240 with Leica 50mm Noctilux-M ASPH f/0.95
We met with singer and writer Ronnie Heaven in San Francisco. Leica M 240 with Leica 50mm Noctilux-M ASPH f/0.95

 

     
 

"Thank you for the wonderful workshop in Vienna. I have already implemented the things i learned concerning adequate light and will go on with it."

 
  - M. K. (Germany)  

 

San Fransisco

San Francisco, United States, February 7, 2014

When in San Francisco we arranged a "Coffee & Leica Freaks Meetup" with everyone who could come 8:00 to 10:00 AM in the morning! Fifteen-to-twenty people with their Leicas came, including this young lady with her dads Leica M9.

 

Taking over her dads Leica M9, as every young girl and boy should do! Leica M 240 with Leica 50mm Noctilux-M ASPH f/0.95
Taking over her dads Leica M9, as every young girl and boy should do! Leica M 240 with Leica 50mm Noctilux-M ASPH f/0.95

 

     
 

"Thank you again for the great time in Sydney. It was (and I say this quite seriously) a life changing experience. I'm a lot more confident to take and show my photos now. You should be proud that you have obviously brought knowledge and confidence to so many people. I will see you again some time in the future for a refresh"

 
  - J. G. (Australia)  

 

 

Los Angeles

Los Angeles, United States, February 11-12, 2014

Back in LA again after San Francisco. I only stayed a couple of days, then left Joy there to do her big Valentines Day concert event, and meet on various music meetings. But after rain every day in San Francisco, the "winter time" of LA was bliss.

 

"A Hipster in Los Angeles". © Thorsten Overgaard, February 2014. Leica m 240 with Leica 50mm Noctilux-M ASPH f/0.95.
"A Hipster in Los Angeles". © Thorsten Overgaard, February 2014. Leica m 240 with Leica 50mm Noctilux-M ASPH f/0.95.

 

     
 

"Your website has always been first port of call when checking out information on new or old Leica lenses and gear that I'm interested in, or when I'm simply looking for inspiration"

 
  - B. C. (Hong Kong)  

 

Ole Henriksen (62) and Princess Joy Villa at the OLE HENRIKSEN SPA in Hollywood
Ole Henriksen (62) and Princess Joy Villa at the OLE HENRIKSEN SPA in Hollywood

 

A documentary about "Happiness"

The Ole Henriksen Spa, Hollywood, United States, February 11, 2014

Ole Henriksen is a worldwide celebrity in Denmark and Hollywood, known as "The King of Cream" and the one that makes the talent at the Oscars shine in beauty. He was born in the Northern Denmark and moved to Hollywood 40 years ago, with a passion to make women and men beautiful. Fortunately Barbera Streisand was one of his first clients at the beauty spa in Hollywood back when ... and the rest is history.

Ole Henriksen was bought by LVMH ( Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessy) in 2011, so his skincare and beauty products can now be found throughout the world.

 

Recording the documentary for TV2 Denmark "Happiness" where Ole (Henriksen) and Ole (the tall fellow to the right) search for the key to happiness. So far they found Joy.
Recording the documentary for TV2 Denmark "Happiness" where Ole (Henriksen) and Ole (the tall fellow to the right) search for the key to happiness. So far they found Joy.

 

Despite that Ole always travel and is almost never to be found in the Spa in Hollywood, we managed to stumble into him, take a photo and participate in a documentary with him about "Happiness" that will be aired in Danish TV2 in September 2014. If you ever are lucky enought to see it, you will see Thorsten and Ole hug, and Ole climbing on Thorsten's chest. A memorable moment, even by Hollywood standards!

 

Ole Henriksen and Princess Joy Villa at the OLE HENRIKSEN SPA in Hollywood
Ole Henriksen and Princess Joy Villa at the OLE HENRIKSEN SPA in Hollywood

 

     
 

"I thoroughly enjoyed reading your piece on the M9. I recently purchased the Leica ME and a few Leica lenses. I sold all my Nikon gear and am addicted. Thank you!"

 
  - S. S.  

 

 

 

Joy Villa Valentine's Day Foundraiser for Children

Celebrity Centre, Hollywood, February 13, 2014

While Thorsten went to Boston, Joy Villa arranged and hosted the "LOVE ROCKS" Valentine's Day event in Hollywood. Proceeds benefiting Nu Skool Sings Old School Kid's European Tour.

 

Joy Villa presents Love Rocks in Hollywood
Hollywood: Performances by Joy Villa and her band featuring Zach Banks on guitar, Neil Briggs on drums, and Snax on Bass, art by Tim Sabatino Fine Art, reggae by Ladee Dred, Royal Queens United, Ursaline Bryant, piano by JoJo Zawawi "Heartist" Debbie Marie Arambula, "Gemini Soul", the Oracle aka Denise Lyles-Cook, Comedy by David Aranovich, Dj Weatherman. Joy's dress custom outfit made by Legra Michelle of "Kre8tivly Twisted". Photo by Gene Lewis, Virtu Imagery

 

     
 

"I'm in love with your work. Thank you !!"

 
  - T. K. (London)  

 

 

"The Boston Dazzle"

Boston, United States, February 13-16, 2014

This was my first visit to Boston after having heard for many years that Boston was the most European city in the US and worth a visit.

The weather was quite an experience, and I made this Story Behind the Picture about the experience. Enjoy!

 

Saturday morning inside Charlie's Sandwich Shoppe. This place is just around the corner of where I stay in Boston and has become part of my morning ritual. The chef there has three old Leica M3, M2, IIIf cameras and 15 lenses from back when that he will send me more on so we can get him upgraded to Leica M9 or something  The place features great food, resulting in a waiting line outside on Saturdays. Obama was here, and so was Al Gore and Sammy Davis Jr.. Charlie's is also known for serving Afro-American musicians when nobody else would, back when. Leica M 240 with Leica 21mm Summilux-M ASPH f/1.4. Thorsten Overgaard © 2014
Saturday morning inside Charlie's Sandwich Shoppe. This place is just around the corner of where I stay in Boston and has become part of my morning ritual. The chef there has three old Leica M3, M2, IIIf cameras and 15 lenses from back when that he will send me more on so we can get him upgraded to Leica M9 or something
The place features great food, resulting in a waiting line outside on Saturdays. Obama was here, and so was Al Gore and Sammy Davis Jr.. Charlie's is also known for serving Afro-American musicians when nobody else would, back when. Leica M 240 with Leica 21mm Summilux-M ASPH f/1.4. Thorsten Overgaard © 2014

 

Boston: "Home, Sweet Home" - I was waiting 10 minutes in wet snow for someone to walk into my composition to the right of this picture when I turned left and saw this house with the VW in front. I had been walking for two hours in wet snow and my face, hair, glasses, camera and viewfinder were so wet I could hardly focus. I shot two frames of this and then turned back to wait for someone walking in to my composition.
Boston: "Home, Sweet Home" - I was waiting 10 minutes in wet snow for someone to walk into my composition to the right of this picture when I turned left and saw this house with the VW in front. I had been walking for two hours in wet snow and my face, hair, glasses, camera and viewfinder were so wet I could hardly focus. I shot two frames of this and then turned back to wait for someone walking in to my composition.

 

     
 

"Thank you for your help. With admiration for your work."

 
  - S. D. (Portland, USA)  

 

Boston: The former owner of the Italian delicatessen store Salumeria Italiano in Boston, Mr. Erminio Martignetti sits most days in the store and greets cutomers, wearing stylish hat and all. His son and a team of very Italian staff run the business these days.
Boston: The former owner of the Italian delicatessen store Salumeria Italiano in Boston, Mr. Erminio Martignetti sits most days in the store and greets cutomers, wearing stylish hat and all. His son and a team of very Italian staff run the business these days.

 

     
 

"I like your blog and absolute love your photos (the portraits are from another planet, uau!)."

 
  - M. V. (Portugal)  

 

Doing a photo shoot with Ophelia Bakon, in Boston. Leica M Monochrom with Leica 50mm Summicron f/2.0 (II)
Doing a photo shoot with Ophelia Bakon, in Boston. Leica M Monochrom with Leica 50mm Summicron f/2.0 (II)

 

 
 

 

 

 

A Morrisey fan, at the ACE Hotel, 29th and Broadway, New York City. Leica M 240 with Leica 50mm Noctilux-M ASPH f/0.95
A Morrisey fan, at the ACE Hotel, 29th and Broadway, New York City. Leica M 240 with Leica 50mm Noctilux-M ASPH f/0.95

 

New York City

New York, New York, United States, February 17-24, 2014

With the ACE Hotel on 29th Street as our base, we walked the city and captured some great photos. New York is one of the cities I like to photograph in because you can walk all day and never need a train and never have a dull moment.

 

The unconforming gentleman"The unconforming gentleman", Madison Square Guarden, New York. © 2014 Thorsten von Overgaard. Leica M 240 with Leica 50mm Noctilux-M ASPH f/0.95

 

 

Joy Villa and Thorsten Overgaad discussing the posing at ACE Hotel
Joy Villa and Thorsten Overgaad discussing the posing at ACE Hotel

 

Joy Villa at ACE Hotel, in an outfit by underground punk fashion icon, Natasha of NYC by JB Rasor. Leica M240.
Joy Villa at ACE Hotel, in an outfit by underground punk fashion icon, Natasha of NYC by JB Rasor. Leica M240.

 

 

     
 

"Enjoyed your newsletter. Makes so much sense to this old guy who started to use Leicas in the early 40s."

 
  - G. S. (USA)  

 

     
 

"This is just to let you know how much I admire your work and thank you for being such an inspiration. You have been one of the reasons I opted for the M240 and the Noctilux 50 mm ... Thank you!"

 
  - S. C. (Singapore)  

Lunch date, by Thorsten Overgard, Leica M 240 with Leica 50mm Noctilux-M ASPH f/0.95.
Lunch date, by Thorsten Overgard, Leica M 240 with Leica 50mm Noctilux-M ASPH f/0.95.

 

JB Rasor by Thorsten Overgard, Leica M 240 with Leica 50mm Noctilux-M ASPH f/0.95.
JB Rasor by Thorsten Overgard, Leica M 240 with Leica 50mm Noctilux-M ASPH f/0.95.



"Big Juicy Ass" by Thorsten Overgaard. Leica M Monochron with Leica 50mm Noctilux-M ASPH f/0.95.

 

     
 

"First of all I would like to thank you for some very educational and inspirational days in Sydney. I feel that I’ve grown a lot as a photographer, not only through what you taught us, but also by just observing how you move and interact with subjects on the street. And your “All you need is love” approach to photography is the best advise I’ve ever received as a photographer.

I’m still aiming for my “less is more” approach to photography. If something doesn’t add to the story you’re trying to tell then try to crop it out (preferably in camera) or wait for the right moment when there are no distractions. I just had another look at your website and one of my favorite photos is of the Sikh reading a book shot with the 80mm Summilux-R. There must be hundreds of people in that photo but they all add to the story and therefore not a single one should be cropped. Very inspiring indeed!

Hope to see you again in the future, in Australia or somewhere else around the world. All the best."

 
  - H. H. (Sydney)  

 

 


Joy did a skit with the videoteam from O'Legend Studios while in New York. There are a few episodes from last year and this year that should soon be aired. Leica M 240 with Leica 50mm Noctilux-M ASPH f/0.95.

 

Francis, lobby manager ACE Hotel and the one personally responsible for Thorsten's oatmeal every morning. Photo: Thorsten Overgaard © 2014. Leica M 240 with Leica 50mm Noctilux-M ASPH f/0.95.
Francis, lobby manager ACE Hotel and the one personally responsible for Thorsten's oatmeal every morning. Photo: Thorsten Overgaard © 2014. Leica M 240 with Leica 50mm Noctilux-M ASPH f/0.95.

 

     
 

"Thanks again for an amazing experience. Definitely keen to do another workshop with you both in the near future to hone my skillz. Thanks again for everything."

 
  - G. C. (Hong Kong)  

 

 

Fashion Show in New York

Club 39, New York, February 19, 2014

 


Salena Dabbs, Princess Joy Villa and Kristina Lee. Photo by Illusion Magazine NY.

 

We went to Illusion Magazine NY's Lunch party at Club 39 in New York where Joy Villa performed before the fashion show. Joy is the "Fit and Sexy Vegan" health and wellness writer for the magazine. Who would have imagined the launch of an old-fashioned print magazine in 2014? But in NYC it all happened.

 


Joy rockin' the stage in NYC for Illusion Magazine NY's Launch Party at Club 39. Photo by Thorsten Overgaard.

 


Beware ... Punk is Back. Leica M 240 with Leica 50mm Noctilux-M ASPH f/0.95. Thorsten Overgaard © 2014

 

 

Making Another Music Video in New York with 3 Leica M 240 cameras

Washington DC, United States, February 22, 2014

We recorded and shot the video for an acoustic version of Joy Villa's song "Cold Wind" at the Goldberg Studios by Central Park, with an acoustic arrangement and Ed Goldberg on the Steinway piano.



Shooting Joy Villa's music video and recording a new acoustic version of "Cold Wind" on Steinway Piano at Goldberg Studios by Central Park, New York. Three Leica M 240 cameras, three wireless Sennheiser microphone kits, ZOOM sound recorders, etc. Video by Thorsten von Overgaard and Jason Jellick.

 

 

Washington DC

Washington DC, United States, February 23, 2014

We made a short trip to Washington with the Amtrak train from New York to meet with some advisors and get a briefing on international human rights programs .

 


A Vogue pose before the meeting is over ...

 

     
 

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Freewheelin' with Don Hunstein

   
 
   

New York, United States, February 24, 2014

Before leaving New York for this time, I visited Don Hunstein who is the photographer behind the Bob Dylan Freewhelin' cover and many other classic music photographs of Simon & Garfunkel, Johnny Cash, Miles Davis, Aretha Franklin, etc. as fetured in the December 2013 book "Keeping Time"

The photo session will be in a upcoming Story Behind That Picture, but here is a preview.


DeeAnne and Don Hunstein by Thorsten von Overgaard
Photographer Don Hunstein with his wife of 45 years, DeeAnne in their home in New York, February 2014.
© 2014 by Thorsten Overgaard.

 

     
 

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