Register for a series of free photography webcasts produced by the Leica Akademie.

My invitation from Leica arrived via email. It read, “Though we are separated, we are still able to come together to celebrate photography. This is the goal of our ongoing #StayHomeWithLeica program.

“Photography at its most essential is a beautiful collision of art and engineering, where we seek the perfect mix of light, shadow, and moment. To capture a single moment allows us to briefly stop time, to tell an enduring story.  Join us as we reveal the methods and motivations of image-makers who have found success through a ‘Focus on the Essentials’ in life and photography.”

That’s all I needed to hear—with my wee-little Leica by my side, I headed to Eventbrite and registered for every episode.

Leica Akademie has put together an impressive series of webcasts. The episode that I’m most looking forward to will take place on April 30, One Camera, One Lens: A Conversation with Alan Schaller.

Schaller is a London-based street photographer. He works in black and white digital photography. His work is often abstract and incorporates elements of surrealism, geometry, high contrast, and the realities and diversities of human life. When asked, in an interview with the Leica Internet team, how his sytle of photography developed, he responded, “When I started photography I was very protective of the fact that I was going to shoot what I wanted to shoot. And that was it. I learnt some lessons from writing music for other people and ultimately ending up with no identity as a musician for myself. So my style of photography was born out of allowing myself to follow exactly the path I wanted to follow.”

You can learn more at #StayHomeWithLeica.

By Stephen Brockelman

As a Sr. Writer at T. Rowe Price, I work with a group of the best copywriters around. We belong to the broader creative team within Enterprise Creative, a part of Corporate Marketing Services. _____________________________________________ A long and winding road: My path to T. Rowe Price was more twisted than Fidelity’s green line. With scholarship in hand, I left Kansas at 18 to study theatre in New York. When my soap opera paychecks stopped coming from CBS and started coming from the show’s sponsor, Proctor & Gamble, I discovered the power of advertising and switched careers. Over the years I’ve owned an ad agency in San Francisco; worked for Norman Lear on All in the Family, Good Times, Sanford and Son, and the rest of his hit shows; and as a member of Directors Guild of America, I directed Desi Arnaz in his last television appearance— we remained friends until his death. In 1988 I began freelancing full time didn’t look back. In January 2012 my rep at Boss Group called and said, “I know you don’t want to commute and writing for the financial industry isn’t high on your wish list, but I have a gig with T. Rowe Price in Owings Mills…” I was a contractor for eight months, drank the corporate Kool-Aid, became a TRP associate that August, and today I find myself smiling more often than not.

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