I take beautiful pictures that everyone loves

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  1. Bill Burk

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    In the book "Don't Shoot" by S. Dirk Shafer, ( @Schafphoto ) the chapter "What D'Ya Do?" asks you to imagine what you would say at a party when Jimmy Fallon comes up to you and asks you what you do.

    I was at a reunion/celebration of life yesterday. It was a wonderful day I'll treasure forever. At my table were four dear friends and three people I knew about but hadn't actually met before. We got to talking about my photography. I mentioned this community and how we're all dedicated to film.

    I said... "My specialty is Zone System and film processing and drawing characteristic curves. But I wish it was 'I take beautiful pictures that everyone loves'."

    Ludicrous Lori said I should change my tagline and everyone within earshot agreed.

    So from now on "I take beautiful pictures that everyone loves".
     
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    It's similar to 'Why do you shoot film?"

    I stopped trying to explain grain and dynamic range and now say, "I love the look and you will too"
     
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    Try...."I don't 'shoot film', I actually MAKE photographs using 'old fashioned film' using my acquired skills, because I don't have...or need a digital camera!!!"

    Ken
     
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    "It's a chemical camera."
     
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    hi bill

    sorry to ask this
    but why would anyone want to take photographs that everyone loves ?
    sounds a bit too "truman" to me ... if there is no conflict, no " this is terrible, why did you do that its too XYZ"
    or inertia won't the photographer just stagnate?
    i don't mean to be snarky or anything like i hope you didn't take it that way ...
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    when people ask what i do photographically i have a hard time even explaining it to them because i don't even know anymore
     
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    Oh it's easy,

    "I take decent pictures that all my relatives love. They think I'm the best there ever was."
     
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    Although I make plenty of "artistic" photos, I tell people I'm a historical preservationist or archivist - which is true. I want and enjoy photographic records of land, trees, rivers, hills, towns, and cities that I know are going to change even within a decade or two.

    Very few people realize I'm using a film camera (even though for the last few months I've been using Exaktas): to them, anything other than a phone must be a digital camera.
     
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    I was being a bit snarky too. Of course the idea could use some work. Right now I like it because it’s simple and straightforward. Not sure I want to change it to “I take pictures that make people think”. That might work for you though.
     
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    My tag line?

    "I take adequate pictures that most people ignore".

    I'm going to sit in the corner and cry for a while if it's ok with the rest of you....
     
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    I can imagine Don Draper (from Mad Men) using this line, which must make it a good 'pitch'.

    I try and describe what's in the photographs and leave the rest ambiguous, but it's an ever changing feast.
    I had to google who Jimmy Fallon is.

    It might be better to 'take beautiful pictures that (whatever they mean to you), rather than what they mean to others, or what you think they mean etc.'
    Sounds like you had a good night Bill, Prost!
     
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    I prefer "I take pictures. I love doing it. I find both the process and the results interesting and sometimes beautiful, and sometimes other people find the results interesting and/or beautiful too. It brings me joy."
    Or if you prefer, just "It brings me joy".
     
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    i like that bill ... that simple and straightforward is great ... and i get it now :smile:
    not sure if i want to make people think though, most people don't seem to like thinking
    i was told its too east coast
     
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    Bill: I like it 'cause in many ways, it is the joy our photographs give to others that keeps us going, to see their response and engagement with what we've shot, developed and printed.
     
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    "But I wish it was 'I take beautiful pictures that everyone loves'."

    Me too... But I am rather the tech guy.
     
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    I was actually having this conversation with a group of painters recently (some of whom also did photography) and none of us could adequately explain what we "did". And that's okay. (It's why artist statements are so hard to write and generally sound like nonsense). I've quite frankly even up on trying to explain my photography. Here: look at some pictures ...
     
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    I just tell people I'm a shoe salesman.
     
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    I tell everybody "I'm a curmudgeon, leave me alone." Then Karen explains what I do, and everyone goes "OOOOH" (well, not everyone, some say oh, whatever)
     
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    If anybody asks, my reply is that I make photos of people, places & events I want to remember or examine in detail at a later time. If some of those pictures happen to be particularly artful, so much the better. If anyone else appreciates my images, that's fine, but I find that most people are too busy looking at their own snaps to care very much about mine.
     
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    I'm just a half foot shorter than Don, and less hair. I also drink far less so I have that going for me.

    I just did a shoot where I schlepped along my Nikkormat alongside the digital gear. Kid loved the film camera and I got excellent B&W shots too. And yes, the mom loved the look too.
     
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    Or “I take pictures of people without them knowing and then show them a few decades later”. Film is the best way to do that.

    I was going through negatives to bring pictures for Saturday’s celebration and a new old friend, Robert Young, was my latest victim. At a party (shortly after I met my wife, 28 years ago), I took a picture of a new father holding his child. A nice portrait in the first place turned amazing over time.
     
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    Haaa. Well, for the record, your OM-4 worked perfectly on Saturday. Even the self-timer.
     
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    I tell people I am with the NSA and use a film camera as it's the only image recording device that can't be hacked.
     
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    Good one.
     
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    I tell people when every thing works"I capture the slice of time that is then processed and presented back to you that allows you to touch emotions that allow you ( the observer) to travel back in time and reexperience your emotions again.
    I facilitate time travels.
     
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    I think you could lead off with...

    "I'm a time travel agent".
     
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