Johannes Leitner’s Lowepro Backpack: From His Dad

By October 18, 2010Storytellers, True Stories

Some of my most prized possessions I inherited from my father. I have the coin collection that he worked on as a teen. His tattered Boy Scout Handbook sits on my bookshelf. These connections remind me of him.

When I was working in Germany, I noticed that a young man was carrying an old Lowepro backpack. His name is Johannes Leitner. I was admiring his bag and asked him if I could photograph it. As we talked, I asked him where he got it. “My father gave it to me,” he said. He had used it for years, and now it’s my turn.”

I smiled and said, “I would love to meet him.”

“Well, he’s right here,” replied Johannes as he motioned for his father to come over.

So I took their picture. The bag still looks great, and it’s a terrific story that made my day.

Derrick Story is the Photography Evangelist for Lowepro.


About Derrick

Derrick Story is a professional photographer, writer, teacher and photography evangelist for Lowepro. He has authored several digital media books, including his latest, The Photoshop CS4 Companion for Photographers and The Digital Photography Companion (O'Reilly Media, publisher). Derrick is a Senior Contributor for Macworld magazine where he writes a digital photography column, and he's a regular presenter on the popular training site, Online, Derrick has formed a virtual camera club called The Digital Story ( that's open to all photography enthusiasts. The site features weekly podcasts, daily posts, training videos, and reader-submitted photos. You can reach Derrick at


  • José L. Díaz says:

    I inherited my father last camera, is an old german machine and works wondeful, i miss him a lot, one of the principal reasons to enter into the realm of photography was becasue him; is amazing how long Lowepro are among us, sometimes i didnt noticed enoght, “are just another tool”, but then i see my bag with scares and dirt and feel this special connection with every memory, my backpack were with me on so many adventures, in silence carrying my beloved equipment, so confortable on the long trail…not just another tool, is an old friend an conpanion. Yes perhaps i`m a nut but i love my bags 😉

    • smarsh says:

      What a great story — and such a great way to remember your father. We’re just happy to play even a small part in that.

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