Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2008/08/07[Author Prev] [Author Next] [Thread Prev] [Thread Next] [Author Index] [Topic Index] [Home] [Search]
I'm hoping to see lots of great photos of politicians now that the season they strut around for our photo-practice has arrived. The first time I met the admirable Sal DiMarco was at a political event. I'd just gotten kicked out of the crowd for looking too much like a professional (it was the Domke vest) and was sent forlornely to the back of the hall where the press riser was. As I grumbled with my 80mm f 1.8 jupiter lens, standing now a good 200 feet away, one of the reporters looked down and said "Hey! It's Kyle Cassidy!" and rushed over and gave me a hug. It was Sal, whom I'd never met before. I lamented that I only had a short lens and he said "That's no problem, hold on," and he flagged down a staffer and said "This reporter and I need to go up to the photo pit!" -- and she escorted us up to the very front where I proceeded to take very lousy photos. But I met Sal DiMarco, and my world was never the same again. He took a Leica red dot out of his wallet and stuck it on my Nikon. "Now you're fit for polite society," he said.