Thursday, January 13, 2005
The not so amazing race
Location: 14th and something 01/13/05 @ 6:31:08
Tonight I met up with someone that contacted me through my website. They said that they were a event promoter, liked my work and that I should stop by so we could talk. Since my photography is turning into a expensive hobby, I thought what the hell, I'll check it out. I show up at 6PM in this little downtown office and as soon as I walk in, right after the introduction handshake the guys says, "We have to find out how good you are interacting with people. There are five bars on this street. Were going to give you 10 min and we want to see how many people you can talk into getting their photo taken. Go but you got to be back here in my office within 10 min." I reply, "Your serious? Were on the tenth floor, it's going to take me 3 min just to get down the elevator." The guy with the greasy bangs looks at his watch and says, "That means you don't want to waste anytime then."
I walk casual out the door and think this ain't fucking survivor. Fuck em'. On second thought, am I on some hidden reality TV show. Some spin off of The Amazing Race. If I beat the challenge will I win something. The whole thing got me thinking. I was trying to remember if I saw any mirrors in the office that could have had cameras hidden behind them. I took a quick glance over my shoulder to see if a team of vigilante videograhers were following me.
When I get down to the street and walk to the first bar I see. I walk in and the place is empty, turns out everyone was out front smoking. I ask the bartender If I can take her photo, she doesn't even question way, just smiles. I walk back outside and approach the first 5 people I see, not rushing because I was still debating if I was even going back up to see the guy with the greasy bangs. "Would you mind if I take your photo?" I say to a woman wearing next to nothing on a mild January night in NYC. She asks, "What's it for?" My mind goes blank, because I don't have time to tell the story and I just say, "It's for me." She shrugs, and says, "Sure!" while jumping right into a professional headcock that only people who have done this before know. I run down the line and shot 4 more portraits of the smokers and head back up to the 10th floor office.
"Very impressive, where did you find these people, this streets normally dead?" "Got lucky I guess." I reply with a shoulder shrug. Then he proceeds to tell me that he really wants me. How his event will be celebrity filled, and why this will be such an important gig, and the photos will have to be quality shots. He explains that he has sunk some serious money into this event and will need me to be there from 11 till 4 AM. And now the moment we have all been waiting for. He is willing to pay me $60 for the night.
I don't react, straight poker face. I stand, take back my camera. I put it into my should sling bang and say, "That wouldn't even cover by bar tab for the night." and walk out the door but still expecting someone to chase me down to sign release forms for their hidden camera show. However that moment never came.
Just so no one get's the story wrong, it's not that I'm too good for the money. It was that the guy was an ass and no money would have solved that one.
The rest of the shots from the night
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Great story and shots to go along with it! Too bad the guy was such an ass though. Would you have had permissions to keep all of your shots from the mentioned event?
Posted by: randombanner | Jan 14, 2005 11:12:02 AM
Fantastic shots! Each alone is worth $60+
Posted by: Michael | Jan 15, 2005 11:44:44 PM
What a surreal situation! It made for some great pictures though.
Posted by: Conny | Jan 18, 2005 4:28:40 PM
Pity you did'nt have a pic of the hustler himself!
Great Story by the way!
Posted by: Alistair | Mar 5, 2005 12:55:44 PM
Surreal, yes. Almost Like in a charles Bukowski story, except you probably wasnt as fucked up and loaded as he would have been.
Posted by: MartinM | Jul 28, 2005 1:02:48 PM
nice pictures, nice work.
I first see the girl, and then see your work, thank you, and a big thank to she.
I want to do something like your personal diary, just for me, but get a good picture every day, I going to try. thanks
Posted by: jose | Apr 7, 2006 10:31:00 PM
hey, whose the chick? she's hot! lemme know if u wanna go out sometime. DO IT.
Posted by: joshua | Jul 12, 2006 11:28:27 PM
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