Wednesday, May 28, 2014

My Next Career

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If I ever get to retire (there is some discussion but it's not imminent) I might supplement my savings with a photographic specialty: portraitist of eccentrics, crackpots and the genuinely weird. They are so interesting and I can talk to them so easily. (Those of you who know my job can guess why.) Plus, I owe a lot of this to my high regard for Diane Arbus

More often than not, eccentrics love to pose. They delight in the attention. All you have to do is be interested in them. You probably figured out that this young lady was at the Renaissance Faire. Not much to do with 15th and 16th Century Europe but then there's no history exam.                  

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11 comments:

cieldequimper said...

You have the best ideas. These portraits are excellent... I might just try that make up today.

Tamera said...

I am a huge fan of Ms. Arbus too. I've always said the people make the best subjects. I'm lucky in that I get to make my living photographing them, but I don't do as much pure street photography as I'd like too.

Great shots of this girl -- she is indeed eccentric!

Olivier said...

ah la grande Diane, j'adore.
Superbes portraits et le modele qui joue avec le photographe c'est vraiment sympa, bravo

Bergson said...

a good portrait

Halcyon said...

Interesting people are always interesting to the camera. :)
Thanks for the link, I didn't know Diane Arbus but now I will have to look for more on her work.

Luis Gomez said...

Excellent!

William Kendall said...

Well, all the most interesting people are slightly bonkers. Terrific captures!

Norma Beishir said...

You'd be busy, that's for sure. St. Louis has more than its share of freaks. I think we must have bought some from Chicago....

Nathalie Beaumes said...

You obviously have a good understanding of your potential market. Sounds like a good career choice.

Here in France I wouldn't know where to go in order to find eccentrics and weirdos. I wonder if it's because I'm not a good talent scout or whether they're genuinely more numerous in your country.

Jack said...

I think I used to go out with her sister . . .

Stefan Jansson said...

You really should do it. Freaks are always photogenic.