Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2006/04/14

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Subject: [Leica] Leica sighting, or how I tripped on a rude person....
From: s.dimitrov at (Slobodan Dimitrov)
Date: Fri Apr 14 20:13:03 2006
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Who's Austin? Or, which Austin? I've since deleted all the old email,  
and dumped the trash, so I can't use it to refresh my memory.
I get approached all the time, with or without my credentials hanging  
around my neck, so I think nothing of it.
More often than not, when a film shooter approaches me it's to mooch  
a roll of film as they usually tend to underestimate usage in a high  
energy event. Enough times it's been a leica shooter that's been in  
What weird about this, is that I carry a digital SLR and a TLR, or a  
SLR, Rolleiflex. How on earth would I carry 35mm if I'm using a  
Rollei. Haven't figure that one out yet. Although I've used a Leica  
for these, I can count on one hand how often it's been in the past  
ten years. Prior to that I used the leica regularly. Editors, at the  
turn of the last century, wanted to see everything flash filled. That  
dictated my dropping it for work, but keeping it for special projects.
There is another one of these marches tomorrow morning. This time in  
memorial of the 14 year old who committed suicide over comments from  
a school employee. We'll see how this one goes.

Slobodan Dimitrov
Studio G-8,
Angels Gate Cultural Center

On Apr 14, 2006, at 4:30 PM, Adam Bridge wrote:

> I've pondered this thread awhile and for the life of me I don't see
> why you were so offended by the person's reluctance. Introducing ones
> self is usually sufficient and implies that you'd be happy to learn
> who the other party is. But that person has no requirement to answer
> back. Once you cross the boundary and ASK the person's name then for
> many of us you're pushing into personal space.
> You're a press photographer, I think, Slobodan so being "out there"
> and forceful is probably a part of your nature.
> But for some of us this kind in inquiry is an outer circle of Hell. If
> we wanted people to know who we were we'd wear a name tag or in
> response to a gentle prompt for conversation we might answer. But a
> demand for who I am? I don't think so.
> I don't feel Austin was being elitist. I think he was being private
> and there's a big difference. He's willing not to bug other people and
> has every right to expect that in return.
> Sometimes it's fun to meet other Leica users - as in the case back in
> autumn 2004 at the Goosenecks when I met four European Leica folks.
> One of them was outgoing, the others not so much. Maybe they were
> wanting to focus on the location. It was fun. I was on vacation,
> figured I was amongst tourists who knew about this particular spot and
> was at ease.
> But at Bryce I was photographing from a vantage point and there was a
> gentleman with his R8. I would have spoken to him but it was clear he
> didn't want to interact. Which was fine.
> In a world where we are bombarded by incessent marketing the right to
> privacy and one's own space is very important. At least it is to me.
> Adam Bridge
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