An avid photographer and long-time customer of Leica, we asked Anthony to be one of the first photographers to shoot with the new M10-R. Anthony typically works on long-term projects documenting rural life and farm workers, but he also has a fondness for photographing dogs. In this project, Anthony documented his daily life in the countryside with his dog, Boo, on the new Leica M10-R.

What are your impressions of the M10-R?

I own an M10 Monochrom and immediately liked how familiar the M10-R was to hold and use.

I realised the huge potential of the camera when I saw the imported files for the first time. I have always tried to frame my subjects in-camera, but occasionally I have to crop an image, especially when photographing fast-moving subjects like dogs. The extra resolution of the M10-R has enabled me to crop as needed, while still allowing me to create large prints. Photographing animals can be very spontaneous, so I have found it is important to have my camera with me at all times so that I am ready to capture that crazy moment when it arises. The M-System and its small lenses are ideal for my style of photography.

The improved dynamic range of the M10-R is a huge bonus, as it has enabled me to cut down on post-processing time. And I found the ability to use my Noctilux wide open during the daytime without a neutral density filter an exciting new experience.

You shoot with a range of lenses. Which did you choose for this project?

I will always carry my 50mm APO-Summicron with me if it’s not on my camera. The small size and the incredible details the lens can render always amazes me. Using this lens on the M10-R took it to another level.

And I used the 21mm Summilux for getting up close to my subjects, mainly dogs, whilst out walking across the fields. The 21mm enabled me to capture both the character of the dogs and the beauty of the surrounding countryside. The shots are quite dramatic. I mostly pre-focus for this type of work. I use my 50mm if I’m wanting to capture less in the frame and have total focus on the subject.

Are there any other projects that you are working on at the moment?

I have been photographing farm workers for many years, and recently decided to work on a small project on film over a one-month period. I used one camera and one lens only for the project; my Leica MP and a 1966 V1 Summicron 35mm. This has involved quite a lot of work as I also develop and scan my own negatives so that I have total control over the whole process. I am now editing and sequencing the photographs before sending them off to print to produce a zine. The zine will be a gift for the farmworkers to thank them for allowing me to photograph them.

Discover more of Anthony’s Leica shots on Instagram: @MadeByAnthony