Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2006/04/11

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Subject: [Leica] Leica sighting, or how I tripped on a rude person....
From: s.dimitrov at (Slobodan Dimitrov)
Date: Tue Apr 11 06:42:39 2006
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How delightfully and sublimely stated. I'll have to remember that  
next time, so as not to intrude in a transcendental moment.

Slobodan Dimitrov
Studio G-8,
Angels Gate Cultural Center

On Apr 11, 2006, at 12:23 AM, Austin Burbridge wrote:

> On Apr 10, 2006, at 20:38, Slobodan Dimitrov wrote:
>> I have noticed in the past that bumping into Leica using persons  
>> on the street is, more often than not, not an invitation for  
>> conversation.
> Nothing makes me squirm like someone remarking my Leica in a public  
> place.
> I do not wish to advertise that I am carrying a camera+lens which  
> costs more than my car (I admit, it is an old car). I had to save  
> up for years to buy my Leica rig, and I could not replace it in the  
> event of theft or loss.  Most people just think I'm carrying an  
> old, too-small-to-be-professional camera, not one of the big sexy  
> SLRs. Maybe a thief will pass me by for one of those obviously  
> expensive big hunks of plastic and glass. (And maybe I've never  
> gotten over the theft of my first Leica. A good tool is an  
> extension of the body; losing my Leica would be like an amputation.)
> Also, I am one of those who put a strip of black tape over the red  
> dot. When I am on the street, trying to forget about the tools, to  
> contemplate the moment and the spectacle, I really don't want to  
> encourage discussion about the equipment. I want the picture -- and  
> the people around me -- to be about what *they are doing*, and not  
> about what *I* am doing.
> When I see somebody else with a Leica, the most I might do is to  
> ask for a URL to see the work. But mostly, I try to give the  
> photographer the same consideration which I would like given me --  
> which is to ignore him, respectfully.
> Having said that, someone who is trying to make a friendly remark  
> should be treated with tact and courtesy.
> Regards,
> A U S T I N ,
> Austin Burbridge,
> Expose for Shadows/Develop for Highlights
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In reply to: Message from s.dimitrov at (Slobodan Dimitrov) ([Leica] Leica sighting, or how I tripped on a rude person....)
Message from leica at (Austin Burbridge) ([Leica] Leica sighting, or how I tripped on a rude person....)