Nicholas Gaffney Leica IIIa Project Page - travispaigephotography

Nicholas Gaffney - About Me


I received my M.F.A. in Fine Art / Photography at the Pratt Institute in 2002, and have taught undergraduate photography and studio art since then. From 2008 - 2017 I was an Assistant Professor of Photography and Digital Media at Colby-Sawyer College, in New London, NH. Most recently I have participated in group shows in New England, New York, Ohio, and Italy, and was featured in the 2015 New England Photography Biennial, at the Danforth Museum of Art in Framingham, MA. My most recent solo exhibitions have been at the Vermont Center for Photography, in Brattleboro, VT, and AVA Gallery, in Lebanon, NH. I'm currently the Education Manager at AVA. My complete portfolio can be seen at

My Comments on Using the Leica IIIa

The camera definitely slowed me down, which is both good and bad. It was hard to compose exactly the way I would like through the small viewfinder, but in a way, it was nice to leave some stuff to chance.

I haven’t shot with film or a rangefinder in quite a while, so this was a fun challenge. This included trimming the ends of the rolls before loading them, and trying to compose through a very small viewfinder. I screwed up the focus on at least one roll because I forgot to extend the lens all the way out, but some of the results were sort of interesting regardless. I’m not terribly nostalgic for film, but nevertheless, it’s interesting to see the different feel these have compared to what I usually shoot. (Shooting this way also made me miss the delayed gratification of film, and that Xmas morning feel of finally getting to see your pictures!)

Photos Taken By Nick

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