April 28th, 2017 … Philly Street … Fuji X-Pro2

So after a long deliberation I decided to sell off some stuff and get the X-Pro2. I had the X-Pro 1 and an XE2 and other things. Fuji didn’t see fit to make me an X shooter so I did it myself and I answer to no one. The X-Pro2 is now my interchangeable camera. The job was taken from Serendipity the Olympus PenF. I love buying cameras and gear but hate to part with them. This is not GAS, it’s DSG. Oh, DSG = don’t sell gear. Truth be told, it’s important to shake the cage some and rotate cameras regardless of how you feel for them.

I think the Mother Processing Computer at USA Central Headquarters, Weather Control Unit has also made changes. In a few days we went from rain and chilly to sunny and 84F.

See, sunlight is necessary for shooters because, well I think we all have our own reasons so I will let that one go. What I been going thru is validation. I mean I have to accept what and why i am doing with photography. So, like I go out and make photos and I need to validate everything. It’s about commitment and acceptance. Those elements are not active without intent. So I been examining my intent and the after work of it.

I had breakfast with a small group last week, also the reason for no post in a week), and we were discussing things like intent. One guy had an attitude and was riviting a youg woman about her work.

She was getting upset and almost in tears and I jumped in  and tried to rescue her from despair. So, I said…..leave her alone as you are no authority. Right away he lashed out to me. (now I must admit, I am not good at holding back but there was 3 woman at the table so I didn’t curse but invented words that meant those curse words.) He said, Don, I don’t care for much of your work. I think you are wasting time doing photography. I smiled. So I leaned back and said, ****. listen, I will put orders in to the international congress of photographic rules and guidelines. I will state that every shooter and every one that will be a shooter or that will be born and become a shooter, learn your guidelines and rules and esthetics and all, every single one get your stamp of approval for their work. The the whole FUC**** world can be to your satisfaction. Will that satisfy your ego?

After he stood up and left, the crowd clapped and we had a much better time without him. (note, I called him a day later and we talked and he didn’t apologize but kinda backed off. The call was tense and I could feel it. So, to break the tension, I said… I know the issues for you. You haven’t figured out how to check every ones work in a good manner. We both laffed and I expect him to return to breakfast next trip.)  So this hit home base for me and I realized that …. to quote Dylan…”One should never be where one does not belong.” What that means at the moment for me is, that if your working for something other then your own satisfaction, it’s issues that will arise.

What makes a good client shooter is not the gear so much. It’s discovering your client’s wants and needs and then finding a way to satisfy them. So in a way that could mean that you are a formula shooter. You have recipes that work and then decide which one or mix gets the job done. Then you get paid. The reason you got the job was because you understand your client’s needs and wants.

It’s the same but even more intense when you are your own client. So we need to discover motivation, obstacles and intent to start. It sounds simple for real but the underlying reasons and motivators could be very intense. When I was doing many workshops, it was a period of complacent satisfaction. UI was teaching what my students wanted to learn. One day long time ago, I realized that my ability to help my student uncover the obstacles that created blocks is what was really appreciated. This certainly isn’t an easy task. It requires drowning in ones emotions and intent and swimming to the surface and seek solid ground to build upon.


….gotta go but will continuw this on the weekend………………………………………………………


13 thoughts on “April 28th, 2017 … Philly Street … Fuji X-Pro2”

  1. When you’re your own client, there’s no one to answer to but yourself. Depending on motivation, obstacles, or intent, that can be hard or that can be easy. Your friend probably finds it intolerable.

    1. Keith, thanks. Let’s get something straight. he’s no friend, just someone I mentored 15 years ago. He’s a good shooter and make a nice living but basically, he’s a pompous ass.

      I have another post about this on the weekend….. be blessed you and yours….

  2. Hi Don,
    That fellow sounds like a real Richard Cranium who has no trouble blowing a rude amount of hot air fuelled arrogance out of his caudal valve …

    1. Sean, you know him? Perhaps he was extradited out of OZ and made way to the USA. I guess it’s true when they say…”There’s one in every crowd.”

  3. I’m my own client. Sometimes I don’t demand any work from my photographer, sometimes I do. Sometimes my client likes the finished product, sometimes not. But, regardless of product, when I’m my own client, I always seem to enjoy the hell out of the process, from looking to shooting, to culling, to processing. And then I’m done with it until the next time. Also, I try not to have breakfast with assholes… 😉


  4. Hey Don,
    Ego is certainly one of the biggest flaw one could have. Humility makes you move forward. You said that you mentored him ? He should have learnt that.
    Some nice pieces of B&W work here. Love the one with the guy at the top of the stairs.

    Have a great Week-end !

    Regards Jeff

    1. Thanks Jeff. Yes I mentored him for a while about photography. Unfortunately he never learned truth and compassion.

  5. Good for you for standing up for the woman. Some people just do not know how to give constructive criticism or be polite about their opinions. Art is subjective. What one person considers crap another person could love. Offering an opinion about someone’s technique or editing can be helpful (a photographer friend of mine helped me loads in terms of my own photography) but berating someone else’s work does make that person a bit of an ass.

    1. Tina, thanks for your thoughts. The group that was there is at a point where we are approaching the stand by your work and don’t topple for anyone mode. It’s one of the hardest concepts there is and I don’t take it lightly. He gave me the opportunity to show how to stand for your work and also how not to be upset about someone’s opinion so much so that you rip his face off.

      Thanks again Tina, I enjoyed your Italy photos, especially the food…

  6. Well Don, I can certainly relate to the DSG thing. Heck, I’ve still got some cameras unopened in the box. But I can’t get rid of them. Some day I will use them. I like the shot of the guy in the red coat … reminds me of “Johnny Walker Red” Take care out there. Oh, got a name yet for XPro2?

    1. Dave, thanks. I also have cameras in the box. The X-Pro2 is named Walker. Your recent work is killer Dave. Breathe and keep going.

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