It may well be the Beetle of the new millenium. While the Smart Fortwo debuted at the Paris Auto Show in 1998, it has gone through several minor and not so minor changes, and the 3rd generation Smart Electric Drive which launched in the US this summer, is pretty much perfect. While street legal golf carts are all the rage from Emerald bay to Manhattan Beach, the constant battery tinkering, lack of doors and airbags left me cold. Thanks to attractive incentives from Mercedes, and spiffs from the gov’t, the Smart can be leased for under $140/month-which makes it significantly cheaper and safer to own than a golf course retrofit.
Combine that with free parking in a lot of places, free charging in almost as many, a Yakima rack and an 11’0” Chris Christenson Glider, and you’re pretty much all set.
Free parking for your session, “charging” while you’re in the line up=GMS
Ginza Leica M9 with handgrip and 35mm f2 Summicron V4 lens Photographer: Matt Jacobson It was a real pleasure to run into Matt and his wife while they were visiting Ginza last week. His M9 shows…
I was walking across one of the mega-intersections in Tokyo’s Ginza last week, when stopped out of the blue by a super nice American ex-pat, John Sypal. His blog, tokyocamerastyle.com, has a fantastic global following, and details what people have hanging around their necks in Tokyo. I was shooting my M9 “derelict” in Black and White mode-why the yellow filter is on, when we ran into John.
This M9 has 60K+ images on it’s counter and in true “derelict” style is all fresh and updated under it’s patinated exterior. It was an honor to meet John, and be featured on his killer blog.
I met American ex-pat, John, of the www.tokyocamerastyle.com blog, on the streets of the Ginza, and we started talking Leica. He told me about some old amateur photos he had just picked up in a Tokyo antique shop. My new quest. Cool cat, cool blog
Gelatin silver print, Japan, 1960s (?)
I’ve posted odes to shell cordovan before, but this new strap from Nick Gabarro, is sublime. The chocolate brown unpadded version matches the tropical dial on this patent pending Sea Dweller. Years in South America turned the dial on this watch a deep brown, something only achieved through years of wear in the tropics.
Only 586 Patek 3448’s were produced in the 20 years from 1962 to 1982, and most were yellow gold examples like this one. The reference was the company’s first self-winding perpetual calendar, meaning it will keep time, day/date. and moon phases in synch until the year 2100. Just keep this 60’s designed beauty on your wrist enough to keep it wound—like that’s gonna be hard.
Don’t let them tell you summer’s over…
While the back to school blues hits even those of us who metriculated long ago, just because it’s September, doesn’t mean that summer is truly gone. In SoCal, as September becomes October and south swells hit west and south facing beaches, Indian summer is the most beautiful time of the year. Yes, it may be time to put away the madras and seersucker jackets, but this vintage madras bear (from the long-defunct Men’s Shop at Bonwit Teller—a gift from my baby) maintains his lonely vigil on my dresser, as the long sunsets and glassy surf of the best 6 weeks is just around the corner.
In this 1976 interview by Sy Johnson for Jazz Magazine, Miles Davis discussed how much he liked his Leica, and how he had the clerk at the store set the aperture and shutter speed, when he bought the camera, and how hadn’t changed them since. Miles Davis=GMS