You probably look approachable. You also look like you are enjoying what you are doing. You are also doing things others don't do much anymore. People are curious. Try looking like you are working and you really aren't enjoying it.
I've been seeing people don't equate taking pictures with making photographs anymore. For many, it's a proof you were there and you had fun.... It's more of a documentation thing. Not for them, it's for others to see and comment on social networking site..... for next 10 minutes or so. Then it's all forgotten.
I'm struck by the irony...I'm mostly doing the same thing except that, I'll photograph my memory with a Bronica 645, a 4x5 Crown Graphic or an Ilford Pinhole and post a traditional B&W photo (well, a digital representation of one anyway) to my on-line social media page.
Boy.. that sounds familier.. I get that all the time too. Most of time I'm happy to explain and show off my Rollei to people and explain what it does. And yes.. you can still get film, not at at Walgreens , but on-line. It's wierd but any film camera that we sport out in public is like we have a never before seen camera, cause eveyone has a android or Iphone. I was at the Apple store store here in Albq. The sales clerk asked me first thing on what a beautiful camera it was and ask those very same questions. I was happy to explain. the roles were reversed meaning I felt like was the salesman and he was the customer. I tried to ask question about Ipad Mini, but the conversation keeped going back to Rollei.. I had about three clerks around me just staring at it and asking question. There was one guy that said when he lived in NY city there were "Hipsters" that carried them around but really sucked at taking pictures with them. I asked.. "So they were more like a fashion accessory"? He said "Yes". So yhea... I would consider us the film shooters a cut above the Norm from people that are using cell phone camera.
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We've had some bad weather here lately, and on Monday we finally had a nice day. In the hour right before sunset ( so early at 5PM!) it was glorious and the air was crystal clear. Everything was green and glowing and shining from all the recent rains. I went to a local park to have a walk, and saw a couple walking. The fellow had his head bent into his phone and I watched him walk a quarter mile or so that way.... he had no idea where he was or what was around him... utterly and completely oblivious. The expression on his face looked just like somebody watching TV ( for all I know, maybe that's what he was doing! )
I didn't have any particular reaction, except it made me feel sad.
I have a little 6x9 folder that I really like to carry around with me. I've had a lot of people ask me about it, but I think every one has said something like "that looks like fun". Always positive and friendly. I'm not sure I'd know how to respond if someone asked "why would you want to do that"... I guess I'd just think they were as oblivious as the phone-headed fellow and probably shrug them off.