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Subject: [Leica] Do you ever feel you're cheating with photography?
From: grduprey at (grduprey at
Date: Wed, 15 Jul 2015 16:09:13 -0400 (EDT)
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Why should I avoid a subject just because others have photographed it 
hundreds of times before?  My photograph will have my interpretation of the 
place and not be the same as others.  So, No, I do not avoid photographing 
any subject or place.


----- Original Message -----
From: "kyle cassidy on the lug" <leicaslacker at>
To: lug at
Sent: Wednesday, July 15, 2015 11:41:21 AM
Subject: [Leica] Do you ever feel you're cheating with photography?

There are some things that I?ve always resisted photographing because it?s 
like cheating ? views that are so spectacular all you need to do is show up 
(antelope canyon is a prime example of this) ? locally I?ve always avoided 
photographing in Eastern State Penitentiary, the abandoned prison that once 
housed Al Capone and is now a ruined tourist attraction. Getting spectacular 
photos there is pretty much ?f2.8 and be there?.

A few weeks ago I ended up teaching a photo class in there ( For a 
ridiculous amount of money, you can get the whole place to yourself.) I was 
going to stick to my guns and not actually take any photos while I was 
teaching but I ended up snapping about ten because it felt foolish not to 
grab something that was right there. This is model Roxana Hire, shot with a 
Leica M9 and a 35mm 1.7 while waiting for the students to get their lights 
set up. 

I was also unable to avoid going to Antelope Canyon and taking photos while 
passing through Arizona.

What about you? Are there things you avoid photographing because you think 
it?s too easy? Do you ever give in?

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