03 May Seattle, the Fuji X-Pro2, street photography, a chance encounter
Source: Ian Macdonald Photography
“Is that a film camera?”
That’s how it started, asked as I was taking a photo of a gentleman walking down the street by Pike Place Market.
“Sort of”, I replied, showing him the photo that I just took on the back of the camera. “It’s the Fujifilm X-Pro2. It’s all digital, but it has the soul of a film camera.”
“Nice pic, that looks just like Acros film”.
“It is”, I replied with a smile.
His name is Steve. He is in his sixties and shoots street photography with a film Leica camera, in full manual of course. I told him he looked just like the actor Sam Elliott. He told me he got that a lot. He had a hilarious mix of dry sarcasm and “crankiness”, but clearly was a man with decades of experience looking through a viewfinder.
We talked for about 20 minutes, during which he said so many pearls about photography and life that I can’t remember them all. He spoke a lot about the “young kids” who are out shooting today and how they complicate photography. There was a bit of the “back in my day” tone, I definitely didn’t agree with everything he said, but he shared his ideas with such conviction and passion that it was enjoyable just to listen. At one point he said:
“Photography can be as simple or complex as you chose to make it”
“Photography can be intellectual, instinctive, or both”
I asked him what he….
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