A little background on my Great Uncle Bobby. Growing up, he was always my "crazy great Uncle" who was super artistic and eccentric and lived in Santa Barbara, California. t wasn't until I started getting into the arts that I began to really appreciate the wisdom and artistic genius that he was. If you watch my film PORCELAINIA you will get a great taste of who Bobby is and what he does. To put it in a nutshell, Bobby is a scientist, artist, and teacher. He comes from the golden generation of America and is inspiring to see even as he gets older. Bobby is now 80 years old and the other day he was showing me how he was experimenting with multiple layers in After Effects CC. Ya. This guy is nuts.
n 1964, Bobby bought the Leica m3 with Summicron lens brand new for $649. He has the receipt to prove it. He used it for well over 30 years capturing his life and the life of my father growing up. Bobby transitioned to digital in the 90s and he has said that he hasn't used the Leica since.
visited him two years ago, and as a gift, he gave me his entire Leica kit, which included an old Leica SLR as well. He said I was the only person in the family that would actually put the camera to good use. It was an exciting moment to say the least. I wasn't familiar with the Leica world and the Leica community before then and after doing some research, I realized what a jewel I had on my hands.