Leonard Cohen. 2010
My second date with Mr Cohen was at the Derwent Entertainment Centre, Hobart, in November 2010. For the event I splurged on a new camera and long zoom and at last managed to catch two aspects of Cohen: • In colour: The singer, immaculately clad, fedora tilted, bringing his blues to light. • And stark black and white: the poet, eyes closed, within his own shadows, which we have shared for decades, darkness visible.
Giles Hugo is a photographer, writer and journalist who first wielded a 35mm camera with intent in late 1968 in his native South Africa.
Working in newspapers there and in Swaziland taught him a range of photographic skills —shooting, developing and printing a photo in under 45 minutes, or less, and tackling any subject from portraits to beauty pageants, soccer, motor sport, boxing, ghetto jazz and rock musicians, and street life. Most of that was black and white work, with an occasional roll of slide film for special projects and artistic exploration. He upgraded through 35mm SLRs to Leica rangefinders and various lenses. He still enjoys using older lenses, mostly Leica and Canon, to explore subjects and qualities of light.