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    I was browsing the photography books by the front of the store when I saw a picture materialize out of thin air.

    I took the shot and the clerk said 'no pictures.'

    'I'm shooting out of the store' I said.

    He got a funny look about him as he pondered the establishment's well known 'no pictures' rule.

    'I don't care' he said.

    But I could tell that he knew that the shot wasn't a total transgression of the store's policy.

    I went back to perusing the photography books.

    He went back to his silence.

    She finished her cigarette.

    The ripple made by my Nikon's shutter faded into the universe and this picture is all that remains of the moment.

    bk bob, Nima Taradji Photography, and 14 other people added this photo to their favorites.

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    1. Jacqui Stanley(trying to catch up again!) 32 months ago | reply

      Different for you but it works so well - great, love the composition

    2. Tim L Lowe 32 months ago | reply

      Well you succeeded here. Now if you could be more concise in the captions and comments... ;)

    3. jayfowler2 32 months ago | reply

      Dude this is awesome!!! Way to push yourself to see things differently!!!!

    4. Redzenradish Photography 32 months ago | reply

      Wonderful composition.....Love this! Why no taking photographs in a bookstore???

    5. Statevillain 32 months ago | reply

      Hey, I like this!

    6. Viewminder 32 months ago | reply

      My style of photography and its closeup nature seems to remove all 'relationships' that the subject has to anything but me and the camera...

      The 'street purists' have kind of a mantra that says 'you shouldn't relate to the subject.'

      They strive to create images of people on the street as they might be seen by anyone... undisturbed by the camera and its shutter.

      I love shooting people close up on the street.

      I think you can see things in those images that you just can't see in a picture taken from even a few feet away.

      The human face at that range is always something I've likened to a 'landscape' of nature itself.

      I can see things in those images.

      Details and stories.

      I want to get comfortable with pulling back a little bit.

      I've tried before but I always regret not going in for the closeup when I begin to study the images I return from the street with.

      My goal in the near future is to begin shooting further back and keep going in... a total reversal of what I've been doing... which is to launch the 'closeup sequence' and shoot as I pull away.

      I want to see what difference that makes.

      But I also want to see if I can capture people's relationships to a place better.

      I've always told the stories on the shots I put up...

      but I think I need to try and position my lens so that the story can tell itself a little more.

      I'm going to be looking for those 'relationships' and try to capture them more powerfully in images.

      It's cool to mix it up and besides...

      I find myself in a very transitory period in my life right now.

      So it goes well with the mojo.

      I feel 'experimental' and a little provocative.

      I need to get that out of me.

      I don't know why Myopic Books has all of these rules.

      It's cool... it's their right and their store...

      but they've got all kinds of prohibitions against things there...

      using the barcode scanner on your phone on the books... pictures... cell phone use... lots of little signs like that.

      To me books and reading are about achieving a certain freedom but it's not my gig.

      My daughter asked about the 'rules' too and I told her that maybe when you work there in that kind of 'silence' that maybe noises impact you differently.

      I'm not sure.

      Maybe the orderly nature of a bookstore lends itself to 'rule making' or something.

      In a way I knew I wanted to capture that in the image in a small way.

      Right now I just have a compulsion to capture more.

    7. fotogirl MK 32 months ago | reply

      great shot... :)

      these rules are so annoying... i always take pics in bookstores with my cell... whatevs :)

    8. Tim L Lowe 32 months ago | reply

      People (some people) like rules. I think they should be kept to an absolute minimum. In life. In photography. In bookstores...

    9. Viewminder 32 months ago | reply

      Remember the kids that used to love 'making rules?'

      I know you gotta have some rules but rules themselves seem to work against people having to develop their own codified set of principles.

      You can still operate well within the 'rules' and still be an asshole.

      How about we all try to be cool, considerate and less asshole-like?

      It doesn't say anywhere in the place that I can't talk on a giant walkie-talkie.

      Or a bullhorn.

      But I wouldn't.

      It doesn't say not to curse at the clerk.

      But I wouldn't.

      People these days need to get it more for 'themselves' than to fall into the intellectual void of just 'following the rules.'

      I think a few other people said it better than I ever could...

      "Rules are not necessarily sacred, principles are."
      Franklin D. Roosevelt

      "Live one day at a time emphasizing ethics rather than rules."
      Wayne Dyer

      "Hell, there are no rules here - we're trying to accomplish something."
      Thomas A. Edison

      "The young man knows the rules, but the old man knows the exceptions."
      Oliver Wendell Holmes

      "I am free because I know that I alone am morally responsible for everything I do. I am free, no matter what rules surround me. If I find them tolerable, I tolerate them; if I find them too obnoxious, I break them. I am free because I know that I alone am morally responsible for everything I do."
      Robert A. Heinlein

      "The truth is that many people set rules to keep from making decisions."
      Mike Krzyzewski

      And my personal favorite...

      "You are remembered for the rules you break."
      Douglas MacArthur

    10. bne-almost zen 32 months ago | reply

      VM - keep at it!!

    11. randoymwalks 32 months ago | reply

      it's tough for us booksellers. people wanna take photos of articles and pages all the time. Every recipe someone clicks on makes me more of a starving artist...
      This ain't no library!
      (lapses back into uncomfortable silent gaze)

    12. Viewminder 32 months ago | reply

      See that would fall under the 'asshole category.'

      Booklovers know they gotta support their favorite bookstores.

    13. Redzenradish Photography 32 months ago | reply

      Photos I've taken of and inside bookstores have been used to advertise those bookstores. That can't be a bad thing. We now live in an age where digital sharing is status quo. No rules can change that. It only makes people less likely to frequent an establishment that tries to police their behavior. However, as a devoted book lover, I do support my favorite bookstores, many of them independent bookstores.

    14. Viewminder 32 months ago | reply

      I buy so many books I don't even get a chance to read.

      Some good points are made...

      but I think if the 'prohibition' was explained as something like 'we sell books... we don't give them away and we need to make some dough to stay open and eat so how bout you don't take pictures of whats in a book and you buy it instead because then you'll have a book and we'll stay open.'

      They could kinda turn it into a rallying cry and a positive.

      I'm not mad at the dudes... it really is their perogative... I'm curious though about what really brings it all about.

      I still think the one sign that would do them some good is 'Don't be an Asshole.'

    15. randoymwalks 32 months ago | reply

      Oh yeah. Well, I've left my corporate book store job for an indy, so if you wanna come in and take photos, I probably won't stop you. We like to show off.

      The real problem, as we were told, lies in the legal world. Everyone is afraid of lawsuits stemming from photos of accidents, or just photos of people without their permission, or just photos of "owned" things like signage or displays. Corporate espionage! You could be a spy for the competition, my friend....

    16. buckethandle 32 months ago | reply

      Lol - that is a great story. I was asked by a stall holder in York not to photograph the objects on his stall. I told him I wasn't shooting them , but shooting how people reacted to his stuff. He looked really disappointed.

    17. Redzenradish Photography 32 months ago | reply

      It's sad that it comes down to fear of litigation driving decisions about whether we're allowed to shoot a picture or not. True, it is the bookstore's prerogative whether to make those kinds of rules or not.

      And this remains a damn fine photo from inside this bookstore.

    18. Viewminder 32 months ago | reply

      I've always said 'if you're not doing anything wrong you ain't got nothin' to be afraid of except for people who make shit up.'

      I knew that breaking the rules would add to this photograph.

      If I was a spy I'd go in there with a buttonhole camera and film the whole thing onto a hard drive for analysis later back at the lair.

    19. southstreetphoto [deleted] 32 months ago | reply

      That's great. The 3D dof.

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