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Subject: [Leica] Friday Firearms
From: imra at (Douglas Barry)
Date: Mon, 2 Nov 2015 01:56:31 -0000
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Thanks Geoff. That's noble of you. I'd have recommended you for a 
knighthood, but that new guy is such a spoilsport.  It now appears there's 
no honours among thieves - or the greatgrandsons of them (most of whom were 
transported from here of course).


Commiserations on the WRC final yesterday too. Great match!

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Geoff Hopkinson" <hopsternew at>
To: "Leica Users Group" <lug at>
Sent: Monday, November 02, 2015 1:23 AM
Subject: Re: [Leica] Friday Firearms

> Hi George and Douglas. I commented separately but would like to make
> further comment. I acknowledge that these are personal and subjective
> responses to any image of a firearm and the back story that Leo provided.
> I hoped to make the point that the image can be appreciated/critiqued on
> its own without that being any endorsement the topic itself. I certainly
> respect everyone's views and am deliberately not expressing any personal
> view on the topic or your comments there for the same reason.
> For example I can appreciate/critique if asked, a journalist's image of a
> politician whatever views/positions they (or any viewer) might have.
> When I share my own work at least I would like the same approach from
> anyone that wishes to comment.
> As a final remark, Douglas I thought that "ps She's not from the Smith 
> side
> of the family perchance? :-)" was the best comment that I've read for 
> ages.
> ---------- Forwarded message ----------
>>From: George Lottermoser <george.imagist at>
> To: Leica Users Group <lug at>
> Cc:
> Date: Sun, 01 Nov 2015 08:25:09 -0600
> Subject: Re: [Leica] Friday Firearms
> I quite agree.
> The image, without words, stopped me and held my attention;
> as my mind worked to understand what I was seeing.
> Upon reading a "caption/backstory."
> Then I simply felt dumbstruck by the idea of
> "auctioning tools of death for medical benefit"
> I fully recognize that all these thoughts
> qualify as totally subjective responses;
> based on very personal experiences.
> a note off the iPad, George
>>> On Fri, Oct 30, 2015 at 1:09 PM, Douglas Barry <imra at> wrote:
>>> Well Leo, even though I'm not a fan of firearms, the US's bizarre gun
>>> culture, and am disturbed that so many innocents live with the 
>>> likelihood
>>> that some loon with a grudge will open up at random while they are
> shopping
>>> or at school, I have to say that is a bang-on image, and really grabbed
> me.
>>> It has tremendous impact and the conflict - to me in Ireland - of seeing
> a
>>> gun being aimed in what appears to be a suburban home by one of the
>>> "gentler" sex while ordinary life goes on in the background, and, of
>>> course, the eye of the half faced man just makes this one of the best
>>> images on the LUG that I have seen.
>>> That back story of medical fundraising makes it even better!
>>> Douglas
>>> ----- Original Message ----- From: "Leo Wesson" <leowesson at>
>>> To: "Leica Users Group" <lug at>
>>> Sent: Friday, October 30, 2015 1:46 PM
>>> Subject: Re: [Leica] Friday Firearms
>>> Well Douglas,
>>>> It's photographed at a fundraiser for a children's medical support
> agency
>>>> where they auction off guns and hunting trips to raise money.
>>>> It's a Texas thing.
>>>> Leo Wesson
>>>>> On Oct 30, 2015, at 07:05, Douglas Barry <imra at> wrote:
>>>>> That is one great and enigmatic shot, Leo. Give us the context.
>>>>> Douglas
>>>>> ps She's not from the Smith side of the family perchance? :-)
>>>>> ----- Original Message ----- From: "Leo Wesson" <leowesson at 
>>>>> To: "Leica Users Group" <lug at>; "Olympus Camera
>>>>> Discussion" <olympus at>
>>>>> Sent: Friday, October 30, 2015 2:30 AM
>>>>> Subject: [Leica] Friday Firearms
>>>>> Hi all,
>>>>>> Aim.
> Cheers
> Geoff
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