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Subject: [Leica] The perfect Photographer
From: durling at (durling at
Date: Fri, 17 Dec 2010 13:47:32 -0500

I think Sonny hit the nail on the head this time.  Its very rare that a
picture of somebody's back works.  It always feels like you are missing
something.  The only time it really works is when you are trying to show
the subject's relationship to something else.

Shooting strangers from the front is hard.  Some have a knack for it. 
Personally, I'm not comfortable doing that.

Mike D

Original Message:
From: Sonny Carter sonc.hegr at
Date: Thu, 16 Dec 2010 23:10:45 -0600
To: lug at
Subject: Re: [Leica] The perfect Photographer

On Thu, Dec 16, 2010 at 10:38 PM, <tedgrant at> wrote:

My reaction? I saw nothing more than a photographer on steps shooting into a
crowd. Sure the butt end was the point of the photograph.

I spent only fifteen years in TV news, and when I was doing it, it was never
common in the South for photographers to tote ladders, maybe that's why I
didn't get it, also, not seeing a camera on the "photographer" was another
reason I didn't get it.

If the butt end was the point, maybe Luis might just have come out and said

I think, ( I really do, sometimes,) that the picture would have been far
stronger if Luis had made like a planet and orbited clockwise to about a 7
o'clock position around the afore-mentioned body.  Theni f he backed off,
and panned left, he then would have shown the woman as photographer, her
camera, her subject, as well as the object of your previously acclaimed

See how simple that was?


Natchitoches, Louisiana


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