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Subject: [Leica] IMGs: 99 years
From: frank.dernie at (FRANK DERNIE)
Date: Wed, 18 Aug 2010 17:05:05 +0000 (GMT)
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Lovely photographs George, you have done the family proud.

----- Original Message ----
From: George Lottermoser <imagist3 at>
To: Group Users Leica <lug at>
Sent: Wednesday, 18 August, 2010 17:47:57
Subject: [Leica] IMGs: 99 years

Matt Millen, a third generation slate and tile roof specialist, along with 
members of the National Slate Association, is rewriting, for the first time 
since 1926, "Slate Roofs, Design and Installation Manual 2010." After Matt 
and I 
had arranged to photograph a roof for the cover of the Manual this past 
afternoon; he asked if I was available in the morning to photograph his 99 
old father, William, during a rare visit to Millen Roofing Company 

When I arrived William asked Matt who I was (he didn't remember that we'd 
met on 
a few previous occasions - and I'd even photographed their rather large 
35 years earlier). Matt introduced me and added that I was a photographer 
be taking some photos of a roof later today. William then asked me, "Are you 
good?" And before I could even answer turned to Matt and asked, "Is he any 
good?" He went on to emphatically state that he did NOT want any photographs 
made of himself. Matt turned to me and said, "Just take out your camera and 
the best you can." So I was in the rather uncomfortable position of trying 
to offend the subject while also trying to accomplish something of value for 
Matt. I'd brought my favorite portrait light - but it would never come out 
the car. I had the M8 with 50 lux asph on the camera (about as discreet a 
kit as 
possible). Matt, his brother John and William were in constant motion 
around the warehouse for all of about 8 minutes (near the end the sister who 
drove dad in joined us).

As William left the shop we shook hands and he said to me, "May all your 
photographs be beautiful."
It felt like a spiritual blessing of some sort ? the hair stood up on my 

Here is the first rough cut from the brief session:
in b&w <>
in color <>

George Lottermoser 
george at

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