The anal-ytical mind.


De Wallen Postcards copyright 2014 Daniel D. Teoli Jr. mr

Post card display Amsterdam

Selection from De Wallen: Amsterdam’s Red Light District artist’s book by Daniel D. Teoli Jr.


I’ve been thrown off of some forums just for using the words ‘anal photog.’ Weegee calls them mental masturbators aka ‘table top’ photogs. When I write about the anal photog I am using shorthand and referring to anal-ytical, anal-yze, anal-ysis.

Having ‘brain smarts’ is great, but in the line of street and doc photography, overthinking and ‘analysis paralysis’ can hinder you getting the shot.

Either Kertész or Eisenstaedt said they had a ‘short circuit from the brain to the finger’ when it comes to pressing the button. I think it should be better termed as a direct connection from the eye to the finger.

For successful street / doc shooting there should be very little thinking and the button should be pushed as a second nature as soon as you recognize the shot. If you shoot  guns…think point shooting.

adjective: analytical
Relating to or using analysis or logical reasoning. Synonyms: systematic, logical, scientific, methodical, left-brained, (well) organized, ordered, orderly, meticulous, rigorous.
De Wallen Graffiti 2014 Daniel D. Teoli Jr.