My guest last week was Tomas Leach a cinema-photographer who directed and produced the film on Saul Leiter “In no great Hurry”.
I’m sure by now that you will know that Saul Leiter is my all time favourite photographer. So to meet and talk with the director who put a film together on this ‘gentle’ man was an extreme pleasure.
Tomas has always been interested in the movies and it was this, that sparked his passion for directing and producing films. He studied at Bournemouth University and has made several commercials since. His interest in Saul Leiter came about when he was introduced to the photographers book ‘Early Colour’ and couldn’t believe that when he researched for more information on this great photographer that he couldn’t find anything.
Determined to put things right, Tomas made several attempts of making contact either by letter or email to the agents, hoping that he would be granted an opportunity to meet with Saul and discuss the probability of making a movie. Well these sort of things just don’t happen overnight. And when you consider the time the determination to stick with a project you will understand what this project meant to Tomas Leach. The film was funded by him, he paid for all the additional work after the film had been recorded, not to mention the running costs of making the film whilst he stayed in New York.
After meeting with Saul and getting an agreement to making the film it took another year before filming was allowed to start in New York. 22 days and 60 hours of film was made all condensed down into a film that last just over the hour. That is some dedication!
The film is a wonderful portrayal of a decent, kind, gentle man who really couldn’t understand what all the fuss was about his photographs. Saul Leiter took photographs because he wanted to, because he loved to and to be honest, he thought he was quite good at it. I’ll leave you to watch the film rather than me adding to the superlatives of not only the film ‘In no great Hurry” but of Saul’s work.
But suffice to say the work that Tomas has created here is in my opinion nothing short of superb and is a must buy for anyone interested in photography. No the film wont tell you how to make a photograph ‘the’ Saul Leiter way and no you wont get camera geek lesson on what is best to buy and use. No, what you get is a good honest and open account of Saul Leiter.
Until next time…
Leave your camera bag at home… ©Paul Griffiths
The all important links…
Live and uncut :
Here is the film site: www.innogreathurry.com
And the trailer : https://vimeo.com/44052106
Tomas Leach website : http://tomasleach.com/