As I was walking along Adams Ave in the midst of my photo excursion, I ran into a photographer friend. Slung over his shoulder was a Leica Rangefinder. For those not familiar with it, a Leica is a super-expensive camera snob lover’s camera. If you want the ultimate in camera and want to brag about it, get a Leica.
Of course, not all Leica owners are that way – and Alfred, my friend, isn’t. Still, when I showed him the stuff I was shooting, I was surprised to hear him say, “Wow, you’re doing serious work with the iPhone!”
A lot of photographers, especially those with Leicas over their shoulder, think of the iPhone as either a gimmick or just a sub-par toy. So it was cool to hear from someone who I’d expect to be closed off instead approach the process with an open mind. It’s refreshing to hear from someone who appreciates that art is not just a function of how much one’s camera cost.
As I lined up this shop, the employee running the store came out and asked what I was doing. The woman who ran the nail salon asked the same thing. When they ask, it’s not from pure curiosity. There’s always an accusatory tone to their questioning. Like I’m doing something wrong. I just smile and say that I’m taking a picture. I don’t want to start a fight, but I also don’t own them any explanation since I’m on public property.
As I strolled home, I poked my head into an art supply store. I got to chatting with the owner – who is opening up a new gallery space. After seeing my work, he suggested that I should a show there. Good things happen when you get out and about.