When I first found my Pentax 6×7 MLU for sale in the Facebook marketplace, I immediately started searching the Internet for examples of images taken with this particular camera. That is how I stumbled across Matthias Leberle’s profile on 500px.com.
I do not know anything about this film photographer, other than the fact that he is not American (I think he may be German?), and he is EXTREMELY talented. In fact, I’m almost embarrassed to admit this, but when I first looked through his beautiful images, they literally brought tears to my eyes. I kept thinking, “Yes! THIS! This is how good I hope to be one day…”
It’s hard for me to put into words what it is that I love so much about his work, but I’m going to try my best. (For the record, I’ve already typed and deleted at least five sentences while trying to do this.) Matthias’ photos of women are what I am the most drawn to, although he shoots beautiful landscapes, as well. His portraits are quite simple, and yet there’s this level of intimacy that is just….almost palpable. He seems to achieve this through his use of soft, subtle light, and I especially love the voyeuristic feel that a lot of his images have. Ugh. My words are doing his photos absolutely NO justice, so please, click here to see his breathtaking work for yourself.
Unfortunately, Matthias doesn’t seem to have a personal website, and his Instagram account only features photos taken with his mobile phone and behind-the-scenes type shots. The image I am posting here is his current profile picture on Facebook, but it looks like he hasn’t posted anything there since 2017.
And, yes, I realize I may sound like I’ve been stalking him, but I promise you that isn’t the case. Haha! I was just so sincerely moved by his images, which continue to inspire me, that I was really hoping to be able to find out more about him online. But, alas…