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John Buckley’s Black And White Photographs From Botswana Exhibited At Stephen Bartels Gallery

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on August 23, 2014 by johnbuckley100

Tulip Frenzy SBG 2

A dozen of my black and white photographs taken while on safari in Botswana last week are now on exhibition at the Stephen Bartels Gallery in London.

If over the past week you have enjoyed the photographs posted on Tulip Frenzy, check out the exhibition here.  The images are priced reasonably, and the prints show off the full-resolution images wonderfully.

It’s an honor to be associated with Stephen’s gallery.  He fully supports his artists and is blazing trails in the promotion of high-quality photography.

Delicate Connections: New Pictures At The Stephen Bartels Gallery

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on March 12, 2014 by johnbuckley100

Easy Ryder (1 of 1)

Leica Monochrom, 50mm Noctilux

We have a new set of photographs for sale at London’s Stephen Bartels Gallery, organized around the theme of “Delicate Connections.”  A mother holds her children’s hands lest she and they fall on the ice.  Captain America wishes only to touch a horse, even as the men on the carriage laugh.  An elderly couple hold hands in a farmers’ market.  So often, our connection to others is based on a touch, a gesture.  Hard to capture that moment, but worth trying.

Buy Affordable Prints Of Great Photographs From The Stephen Bartels Gallery

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on October 27, 2013 by johnbuckley100

Flowers In Monochrome

If you are in the market for affordable photographic prints, you now can buy work from the the online store launched today by The Stephen Bartels Gallery.

We’re very pleased to be associated with so many terrific photographers at this great gallery.  And quite pleased our American friends no longer need to travel to London to buy our work!


New Photographs Exhibited At The Stephen Bartels Gallery

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on October 10, 2013 by johnbuckley100

SBG Oct 1

This morning, three new images of ours were exhibited at The Stephen Bartels Gallery in London.  To check out the new work, and some amazing work by photographers whom we are honored to join, go here.

Very Pleased To Have My Photography Represented By The Stephen Bartels Gallery In London

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on September 11, 2013 by johnbuckley100

The Stephen Bartels Gallery in London has emerged as the premier showcase for photographers around the world who are dedicated to taking pictures using Leica equipment.  I am very pleased to announce that, as of this morning, my photography will be represented by Stephen.

The page dedicated to our work links to three photographs that longtime readers of Tulip Frenzy will recognize, including one of the images chosen by the jury for the Leica Store in Washington’s “D.C. As I See It” exhibition this past spring.

The Stephen Bartels Gallery has a joint exhibition with the Leica Store in Mayfair, which will run through the weekend.

Check out the gallery online, or go visit it when you are in London.  We’re very pleased to join some fantastic photographers, all of whose work you should check out.  And very pleased to be represented by Stephen.

What We Learned Over One Year With The Leica Monochrom

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on September 1, 2013 by johnbuckley100


The first full day we had our Leica Monochrom — which arrived one year ago this past week — we took the above picture and amazed ourselves.  Not that the photo was so good, but we marveled at the strange fact that, as a lover of deeply saturated color images, we likely never would have processed the picture in black and white; we would have kept it as a color image, and toyed with white balance and tones. If anything, we would have enhanced the color.  And in so doing, we might never have discovered that this was an image that would look better as a black and white print.


Over those next, early September weeks, it was as if we had discovered photography anew.  It had been decades since we’d developed black and white images in a basement.  We’d forgotten the joy of not simply capturing the world to see what things looked like as pictures, to paraphrase Gary Winogrand, but to see life transformed into something with more classical resonance.  We went to familiar places and, because we were thinking in terms of luminance, not chroma — light, not color — we could see shapes and patterns that once would have been uninteresting to us, and which now, because we were shooting with a black and white sensor precisely as limited as black and white film, could be seen in literally a different light.


Those first few weeks with the Monochrom were magical, but the adventure continued throughout the late autumn and into the winter.  We learned that, shooting with a mindset that was determinedly focused on light and composition, not seduced by the garishness of color, the city that surrounded us could be seen in new ways.


Portraits offered a completely different spectrum of possibilities.  The Monochrom had the effect of not just transforming the world we saw into black and white, it transformed the way we considered the world.  It transformed our approach to photography.  It sent us back to photography books, to see how all the great black and white photographers understood the world they set out to capture.   The history of photography became even more relevant.


When out and about with our Monochrom, we were drawn to photograph very different people than we might ever before have asked if we could take their picture.


We went out into landscapes we were suddenly excited to try capturing in monochrome, exploiting possibilities inherent in the season.  Once again, we saw familiar places and things anew.  Yes, dedicated black and white photographers might scoff at this journey we were on.  But, the point is, ever since we first took a picture with a Leica M7 and Fuji Velvia film, we’d been dedicated to color photography. This was something new.  It made us excited by photography all over again.

MonochromTetonWinterZF (1 of 1)

As we waited for spring to arrive, and the landscape to erupt in color, we weren’t stymied by flat light and a limited palette.  Photography had become possible in any light and season.  In fact, in some cases, flat light was preferable.


In March, we were fortunate enough to acquire a Leica M (typ 240), which was a step up from our beloved M9.  But even as we went on vacation in the Yucatan, and and drank deeply from the rich colors available in that tropical light, we knew for certain which images would be better off taken with the Monochrom.  We retained that sensibility that black and white photography was a superior approach, sometimes.

Uxmal Portrait

As summer arrived, we went out with a different expectation of what we could record with our camera(s).  There were days when we deliberately set out to find images that lent themselves to a kind of classical photography that just a year earlier, we wouldn’t have considered.  Or would have taken in color and not have had the sensibility to exploit in the more dramatic medium of black and white photography.

Easy Ryder (1 of 1)

Our time out West this past summer was spent in a possibly schizoid contrast between taking photos of the natural environment with as much appreciation for the color palette as possible and then deliberately desaturating what we saw in our mind’s eye so as to capture timeless images in black and white.


As the full year with the Monochrom came to a close, and an event like the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington arrived, we went out in the streets with our Monochrom, because now it simply appealed to us to capture such an event in black and white.

New Jim Crow

A camera is a tool.  But one year with the Leica Monochrom not only enabled us to view images in a wholly new way.  It opened our eyes.  It is more than a tool.  It is magical.



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