Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 1997/11/07

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Subject: Re: roll call
From: Eric Welch <>
Date: Fri, 07 Nov 1997 23:28:50 -0600

At 10:26 AM 11/7/97 -0800, you wrote:
> I don't do much photography of strangers close up. I think it must be 
> ather difficult to do without violating the privacy of individuals, but I'm 
> mpressed by how well Eric Welch succeeds on his Web page photos. I 
> hotograph friends and relatives close up, but not strangers. Strangers do 
> ften appear in my photographs as indistinct compositional elements who

Thanks for the kind words.

I was very shy when I was young. And it was very difficult for me to overcome
my natural shyness when I went to journalism school and had to start
approaching people to take their pictures. I often ask permission either
or after I start photographing, depending on whether I think talking to them
will cause the spontaneity to be lost. 

It's not for everyone, for sure. My job requires it. And in the end, it means
some times I don't get to use pictures I really like. But if you treat people
with respect they will return it. 

But when discussing topics I care about, I often can get passionate. Don't let
that make you think I don't respect you! I don't get to do that when I
work, so
I unload on all of you. :-) 

Eric Welch
St. Joseph, MO

It's never too late to have a happy childhood.