Street portrait: Sam, the art student
A lot of photographers are obsessed with camera gear, and on various websites you can even find blogs devoted to "camera porn": photos of cameras and lenses taken by the most devout gearheads. I am not as obsessed as most, although when I'm out and about, I do tend to notice people who are wearing cameras. I saw Sam wandering down the Downtown Mall, stopping here and there to take photos with his medium format rangefinder camera, and since that's not the sort of camera I tend to see on the Downtown Mall -- low-end DSLRs, point and shoots, and iPhones are the order of the day -- I decided to investigate. It turns out that Sam is a second year Art Photography student at Bard College, which means that he has the good fortune to study with people like Stephen Shore, Larry Fink, and other well-known photographers, and he seemed well aware of how rare such opportunities are. I explained my project to him, and he was willing to participate, so we found a wall to use as a backdrop, and I made a few photos. Since he's a photographer, I had to take one of him with his camera, just for fun. You can check out Sam's Flickr stream here: www.flickr.com/photos/arrestyourself/
This photo will also be posted on my Cville People Project Tumblr blog.