About Me

My real name is Brian, I'm a Scot originally from Edinburgh but raised in Glasgow. I have lived in London since 1974, and with my partner since 1984. Why spylaw4 as a nickname? To cut a long story short it is simply derived from an Edinburgh address that has personal connections, and it seemed appropriate!

Although I was a keen photographer in my youth, my interest lapsed as other hobbies, to say nothing of work, limited my time and diverted me away from photography. Quite a few years ago now, I was offered an early retirement package. I leapt at the chance and then re-discovered and actively resurrected my interest in photography which, apart from holiday snapping, had been dormant for far too long.

Following a few tentative ventures into early digital cameras, and ignoring the multitude of large black DSLRs, I dipped a toe into the Leica world in early 2006 by buying a Digilux 2. Little did I realise what would ensue! I quickly found that like most of life's pleasures, Leicas are not only expensive, but highly addictive! Or should that be phrased as addictive but highly expensive? So the 'bug' bit and I progressed quite rapidly to the use once more of rangefinder cameras and after a brief dabble with film bought a Leica M8 digital camera. The rest, as they say, is history.

I process all images, colour or B&W using the latest version of Adobe Photoshop Lightroom, with a couple of very useful plug-ins, and as of July 2011 I have obtained the complete Nik set of processing software which includes the brilliant Silver Efex Pro for B&W images.

Oh, and I also work part-time for Red Dot Cameras (a Premier Plus Leica Dealer in London).

More about me and my involvement with AICR on the LEICA CAMERA BLOG (opens in a new window)

You can find out more about the equipment I use and have used HERE (opens in a new window)