Monday, July 30, 2012

Birdman And Portland

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Birdman

On Sunday morning our colleague Birdman picked me up at my hotel. He likes to keep his identity private, hence the editing in the top photo. I'll just say that he makes his living with words. That hint, while literally true, is utterly unhelpful. You'll just have to come meet him yourself.

We went to breakfast at the popular Blintiff's American Cafe (I wasn't expecting French). The woman at the next table was engrossed in writing her first novel. I said something about her shirt and she allowed me to take her picture. I wonder if there will be anything in the next draft about this tall older guy with a Cardinals cap wandering across Maine with a big camera.

I took a long walk around the waterfront before getting on the road to camera camp. Mainers have  always impressed me as warm, friendly people (except in the winter, when they are frozen warm friendly people). The last two pix made me realize they can have an edge to them.

My Novel

Blintiff's American Cafe

The Porthole

No Hope - Maine

Republicans For Voldemort

26 comments:

Olivier said...

cela a du être une belle rencontre, j'aime bien la photo énigmatique de birdman. Et surtout la photo exterieur du bar (la 4eme, je trouve qu'elle a un cote 70's)

s.c said...

Great one-liners in this post a bit dedicated on writing. I especially liked the T-shirt.

Dave-CostaRicaDailyPhoto.com said...

That t-shirt invites questions. At least the shirt does not say "Careful, or you will end up in my police report."

brattcat said...

super series, bob. i know what birdman looks like and i wouldn't have recognized him from that shot.

Jack said...

Birdman wears a black Red Sox cap? What a disappointment. I had the Bird pegged as an authentic person. A true New Englander wears only the classic colors.

As a blogger who is also protective of identity, I appreciate how you preserved his quasi-anonymity. He wasn't wearing a brown paper bag?

Kate said...

Glad that you and the Bird had a pleasant visit together, but not surprising since you both seem very approachable.

magiceye said...

you guys sure had a fun meet!
loved all the pics!!

Gerald (Hyde DP) said...

great shots - love the one of the woman looking back at you through the porthole.

SRQ said...

Hello -- visiting from Birdman's blog. Looks and sounds like you two had a nice visit. Good to see him out of his paper bag!

PerthDailyPhoto said...

Are you sure that's not a shot of Tom Selleck Bob, that's a very Magnum PI mustache I see a hint of there haha! Have a wonderful time at your photography camp.

TexWisGirl said...

dang that mysterious birdman! :)

Bibi said...

Love her t-shirt. I have a black one that says 'Have lens, will shoot'.

Lots of writers in Maine....Stephen King.

Birdman said...

Bob, you certainly did me justice. Love that Voldemort bumper sticker. And so glad you got time to get back down and stroll Custom House Wharf. Lots of photo ops down along those fish aromas. hahaha

Lois said...

I'm glad you two had such a good time. Those are great pics too. That bumper sticker would go over pretty well down here in Florida. Many people think our current governor has quite a resemblance to Voldemort in more ways than just looks!

Bitch said...

Nice to meet you!
I like the shot with the chatting women in the restaurant..
Regards from Greece!!!!!

William Kendall said...

Splendid shots! I love the one with the bumper sticker!

Memphis MOJO said...

(except in the winter, when they are frozen warm friendly people).

LOL.

Love the photos.

cieldequimper said...

Oh that portrait of Birdman is to die for!

Birdman said...

Oh that portrait of Birdman is to die for!... oh yea!

Living In Williamsburg Virginia said...

Very clever way to publish Birdman; the witness protection program is probably grateful. : ) It sounds like you had a great time. Great photos; love the "novel" t-shirt.

Darryl and Ruth : )

slim said...

What a great way to start your Maine camera workshop!

-K- said...

A very nice photo essay. Good job.

Halcyon said...

Great shots! We're having a little blog meet up in Toronto tomorrow. Maybe we'll get some mystery shots too. :)

Jilly said...

Isn't it interesting that whilst we don't see Birdman's face we get a great sense of him in your photo. Love the t-shirt on the lady!

I so envy you the Street Photography course you are currently taking and will be glued to your website when you return. Do they suggest using a 50 mm lens?

Nathalie said...

That tee-shirt is as good as the Republicans for Voldermort car plate. Great finds!

Virginia said...

Oh wow, you got to meet BIrd. I should have figured he made his living with words. What a great story teller he is! I love all the photos. I am scrolling up for camera camp photos now.
V