Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 1999/07/08

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Subject: [Leica] Re: R-8
From: "Roger Beamon" <>
Date: Thu, 8 Jul 1999 09:27:45 -0700

On 8 Jul 99, wrote, at least in part:

> In a message dated 7/8/99 10:52:57 AM Eastern Daylight Time, 
> writes:
> << I once saw a
>  black M4 (I think) that had much of the black paint worn off exposing the
>  brass underneath. It was beautiful.  I must have a sick sense of beauty.
>  The worse it looks, the more it appeals to me.  It must be a "Leica
>  Disease." 

Nah! Happens with all marques. I knew a fellow docent at the 
Desert Museum whose old Nikon showed more brass than black. 
Watching her, it was obvious why. It was with her damn near 
every waking moment.

Her work was good, not great, but that isn't the point. She was 
into her photography and loved every moment. That camera was 
an old friend.

- --

         Mathematics, rightly viewed, possesses not only
          truth, but supreme beauty--a beauty cold and austere,
          like that of sculpture, without appeal to any part of
          our weaker nature, without the gorgeous trappings of
          painting or music, yet sublimely pure, and capable of
          a stern perfection such as only the greatest art can show.
               -- Bertrand Russell