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in Honor of
David ‘Chim’ Seymour & Walker Evans
Here is a snip from a Clint Eastwood interview and his take on the Pussy Generation…
We live in more of a pussy generation now, where everybody’s become used to saying, “Well, how do we handle it psychologically?” In those days, you just punched the bully back and duked it out. Even if the guy was older and could push you around, at least you were respected for fighting back, and you’d be left alone from then on….I don’t know if I can tell you exactly when the pussy generation started. Maybe when people started asking about the meaning of life.
Weegee also sums things up for the timid street photog wannabee when he said,
” There are sheltered souls, who are afraid to mingle with strangers. Some of them go in for table-top photography…a plain case of mental masturbation. To make (street) pictures, you can’t just be polite. You have to go around sticking your nose in other people’s business, same as a midget in a nudist camp.” (quote condensed)
Generally speaking, the bold street photog does best – not the timid one that is scared of their own shadow.
Here is a short video on Weegee…”You can’t be a nice Nellie and do street / news photography.”
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Even if your balls are the size of shriveled up, freezer burnt, green peas there is hope for the timid photog. What they need to do is to perfect their candid skills so they have little or no fear of being caught.
The young guns coming up are too politically correct to shove their cam in people faces. Society also makes it tough for male photogs to shoot kids. An old guy in his 60’s like me is labeled a sexual predator if they are caught shooting kids on the street.
Well…that is if you are caught!
Many photogs are overthinkers, worried at every possible opportunity. By the time they do all their mental masturbation, the shot is long gone. Shoot first…masturbate at home
There are bold mushroom hunters and there are old mushroom hunters…but there are no old, bold mushroom hunters. That was what an old time shroomer told me that when I told him he was not bold enuf in his foraging. We were discussing edible mushrooms and pushing the edibility envelope.
As a street photog ,boldness is an important part of the success equation. But like anything else, too much of good thing can be harmful. As an example – water and air are life sustaining, but in excess they can kill.
Here is my formula for staying safe on the street and still bringing home the goods with a balance of boldness and street smarts.
Don’t fall into these self-defeating traps…
On the Rangefinder Forum, a camera fondler gave up shooting the red rooms of Amsterdam before he even got in town. In his mind he was convinced he would fail. He quit before he started.
Camera fondlers are always blaming their equipment. Over nearly 50 years of shooting I have used many types of cams. I can tell you if the camera is capable of recording the scene and you don’t get the photo…it is not the cameras problem, the problem is with you.
As the timid photog perfects their candid skills, they will be able to work with impunity right up in people’s faces.
Infrared flash helps, but invisible flash or not, you still have to stick your cam in people’s faces. Once you master your skills you can work between the 2 mediums seamlessly picking the best technique for the subject.
Selection from Iconoclastic Reporter artist’s book
by Daniel D. Teoli Jr.