Leica has teamed up with Grammy award-winning artist Seal to create a very special limited–edition of its Q2 camera.
You would have had to be hiding under a rock through most of the 1990s not to know the name Seal. The singer of massive hits like Cray and Kiss From a Rose has sold over 20 million albums and continues to seduce crowds young and old with his dynamic vocal range and smoky voice. Now, the Grammy award-winning British artist and photographer has teamed up with German camera brand Leica (he was married to Heidi Klum after all) to create the Leica Q2 “Dawn”, a new limited-edition camera set.
Paying homage to the soulful lyrics of Seal’s songs, the limited edition set celebrates the human connection in the art of making a photograph, shining light on the subjects of a frame – while painting unique perspectives for the artist behind the lens. The Leica Q2 “Dawn” camera’s exquisite, Japanese woven komorebi fabric, which is produced by the Japanese brand Hosoo and includes gold-coloured Japanese washi paper, is crafted to ensure each of the 500 cameras in the edition is one of a kind.
Drawing inspiration from the golden glow of sunrise and the dance between light and shadow, this set is further accentuated by an exclusive scarf, featuring Seal’s handwritten lyrics. The scarf has been designed by multimedia artist Annina Roescheisen, who interprets Seal’s lyrics through gold elements on a black background, further exemplifying the impact of light emerging through darkness. The scarf was developed by New York fashion label rag & bone, and produced in Italy.
The set is accompanied by a rope strap, adorned with the handwritten lyric “you became the light on the dark side of me” taken from the song Kiss from a Rose. In addition to the unique iridescent fabric, the Q2 “Dawn” by Seal camera features a black Leica logo, Seal’s engraved signature, and the edition number.
The launch of the edition is marked by Seal’s photography exhibition at the Leica Gallery Los Angeles, on view until October 31, 2022. Also featured in the exhibition are works by Annina Roescheisen.
The technical features of the Q2 “Dawn” by Seal are identical to the serial production model, with a 47.3 megapixel, full-frame sensor and the fast Leica Summilux 28 f/1.7 ASPH. lens. The Leica Q2’s sensor allows a dynamic range of 14 f-stops (at ISO 100) and a colour depth of 14 bits. The camera stores the images in DNG and/or JPEG format, the 4K videos with 30 or 24 frames per second (fps), Cinema 4K films with 24 fps, and full HD recordings with up to 120 fps.
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