Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2002/06/13

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Subject: Re: [Leica] Asking permission, KISS & the decisive moment
From: "Steve LeHuray" <>
Date: Thu, 13 Jun 2002 07:04:22 -0500

> Thanks, Steve, you have stated my views very succinctly. I take this PAW from
> last year as an example, a couple in the Paris metro:


WOW! Nathan. Funny you should use that picture as an example, because last
year I was so moved by that 'Look of Love' I had bookmarked it and revisit
it occasionally. Excellent street photo.


> Sure, HCB, Willy Ronis, Brassai and many others have made beautiful images of
> Parisian couples. But I do not see why that should stop me. For one, my couple
> different from their couples--dressed differently, different expressions etc.
> more importantly, it is MY image--maybe better, most likely not better than
> theirs, but MINE. If people take the attitude that everything that has been
> before is not worth doing, then no women's portraits should have been painted
> the past 450 years, following the Mona Lisa.
> Nathan
> Steve LeHuray wrote:
>> B.D. Colen writes:
>> > Allow me to suggest a change of focal point....Isn't the real question here
>> > 'why are we shooting strangers on the street and in public places?
>> > So the question then, might be 'why am I taking this photo?'
>> The same question can be asked about landscape, portrait, travel photos,
>> etc. Everything has pretty much already been done, no matter the genre.
>> Despite Hollywood making 500+ feature films every year for the last 100
>> years, there are only 7 basic plots. So should we stop making movies??
>> For those who are critical of Street Photography seems pretty narrow minded.
>> There is always a new angle, a new way of seeing, for Street Photography or
>> whatever.
>> sl
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