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Informal Portraiture is not Street
« on: May 31, 2018, 03:15:16 PM »

I used to see this guy on the streets of Colorado Springs. One late evening in 2001 as I walked by him he said, "Take my picture." So I took his picture. The light was failing and I was shooting with an Olympus 3040Z, which was a good point-and-shoot in its day, but not quite adequate for this. He said, "I didn't see no flash," which illustrates an advantage a reasonably sensitive digital had for street photography in those days. I made him a small print and gave it to him the next time I saw him. A couple years later I saw him in the bus station. He was very blind and being steered around by a friend. Evidently he'd been drinking methanol.

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Re: Informal Portraiture is not Street
« Reply #1 on: June 01, 2018, 12:10:36 AM »

Good story although sad. Addiction is so destructive.
But I like the shot. I think I even get the genre.  8)

This guy was looking particularly stylish one morning and I asked to get a photo on my way to the office. I don't normally do that but it just struck me that he looked like an interesting character in a movie.
It was a little snowy out but we were under an awning so it was like a big softbox shining in from the street. I think he is a real cowboy but was on his way to a date or something. No sad cowboy story to go with him that I know.
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Re: Informal Portraiture is not Street
« Reply #2 on: June 01, 2018, 04:54:20 AM »

I must try to find one of those hats that come with built-in hair.

;-(

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Re: Informal Portraiture is not Street
« Reply #4 on: June 01, 2018, 06:38:58 AM »

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Re: Informal Portraiture is not Street
« Reply #5 on: June 01, 2018, 09:58:41 AM »


Hey, without offending anyone, I don't want to look gay!

Old cowboy or white-soul singer would be just dandy. A little bit of Willie Nelson, for example.

;-)

I always associated the mullet more with rednecks than gays.
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Re: Informal Portraiture is not Street
« Reply #6 on: June 01, 2018, 10:25:54 AM »

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Re: Informal Portraiture is not Street
« Reply #7 on: June 01, 2018, 10:39:35 AM »

I always associated the mullet more with rednecks than gays.

I thought of them in connection with boy bands, but as I avoided watching them like the plague...

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Re: Informal Portraiture is not Street
« Reply #8 on: June 01, 2018, 11:53:35 AM »

I thought of them in connection with boy bands, but as I avoided watching them like the plague...

Depending on the era, I think the reverse mullet is more of a boy band thing.
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Re: Informal Portraiture is not Street
« Reply #9 on: June 01, 2018, 01:13:26 PM »

I must try to find one of those hats that come with built-in hair.

Maybe you'd prefer a curly hair with that hat? And a cigar?


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Re: Informal Portraiture is not Street
« Reply #10 on: June 01, 2018, 02:08:24 PM »

I don't smoke.

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Re: Informal Portraiture is not Street
« Reply #11 on: June 01, 2018, 04:20:07 PM »

I don't smoke.

She's not smoking either.
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Re: Informal Portraiture is not Street
« Reply #12 on: June 02, 2018, 09:46:09 AM »

Give that lady a cigar.

These characters have a neat business plan, charge multiple punters for posing without ever having to renew the cigar.

;-)
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Re: Informal Portraiture is not Street
« Reply #13 on: June 03, 2018, 04:25:27 AM »

Give that lady a cigar.

These characters have a neat business plan, charge multiple punters for posing without ever having to renew the cigar.

;-)

Better yet: don't get lung cancer, only mouth cancer!

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