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    Quote Originally Posted by flatulent1 View Post
    When I'm out with a folder or some other classic, people tend to look at me like I was from another planet.
    When you get old my friend, you don't need a folder with you for people to look at you "as if you are from another planet" .
    Ben

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    Quote Originally Posted by benjiboy View Post
    When you get old my friend, you don't need a folder with you for people to look at you "as if you are from another planet"
    Sometimes you don't even need to get old!


    Steve.

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    Quote Originally Posted by flatulent1 View Post
    When I'm out with a folder or some other classic, people tend to look at me like I was from another planet.
    I seem to get this with camera or without. Can't really explain it.

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    It happens mostly when I carry my Hasselblad around. I had a very suspect looking person approach me in Denmark once, and he asked the question like this: "That's a Hasselblad, right? Aren't those worth like six thousand bucks (equivalent) nowadays?". I told him they're unfortunately not worth pennies anymore...
    Once in the Cathedral of St Paul, Minnesota, I had an older well meaning gentleman approach me, asking: "Is that a Hasselback?"... I laughed hard inside, but kept my face as he called over his brother in law to admire the camera. Hasselback.
    But I do get lots of positive comments on the Hasselblad, for sure.
    Then there's the Leica. Oh goodness... I'm not sure what to think when people eye it as I carry it around on my chest, ready to shoot. Some people look like they want to steal it, and others look at it as guys look at women's chests, not looking me in the eye when they ask 'Double crank?'... hahaha

    It makes for fun conversations some times, and I've met a few nice people for sure that were genuinely interested in the camera, its history, and what it's like to use them.
    "Often moments come looking for us". - Robert Frank

    "Make good art!" - Neil Gaiman

    "...the heart and mind are the true lens of the camera". - Yousuf Karsh

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    I've had only positive interactions with people on account of the camera I'm carrying, be it my Contax G2, the Rolleiflex, or one of the large format cameras. I do get the odd wierdo asking about how much it costs, mostly with the large format stuff. Back when I was shooting Hasselblads, I was wandering the streets of Toledo, Spain and got approached by a Polish gentleman with whom I had a lengthy conversation about cameras and photography. The Hassy was also an icebreaker with the security guard at the Da Vinci museum of Technology in Milan. The 5x7 led to a couple of interesting chats at Recoleta Cemetery in Buenos Aires, and it got me on a South American TV program as well. The large format stuff is a real hoot for people, especially those who've never seen a ground glass before. It usually takes me several hours to shoot just a few pictures with any of the large format cameras because I'm always stopping to talk and do show-and-tell for passersby.

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    When a local business burned down I was taking pictures with my Maxxum 800si with a vertical grip and some guy walked up looked at the camera and said "so which newspaper are you from? nobody but a pro uses a rig like that nowdays"
    Real men use Speed Graphics and flashbulbs.

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    so I had the opposite reaction recently... caused a bit of a scandal in a museum in Vienna.

    I had my home-made camera with me attached to my tripod and no security guard made any noise about it, but when we were walking around there were some funny looks, but I figured it was because it looked funny you know, then my girlfriend wanted to use the loo so we went and there as a guard posted by the doors... i'm stood outside and she's giving me funny looks and then she follows my girlfriend into the toilet and starts talking to her.

    they both come out and suddenly the guard is on here mic to a manager and he appears and starts questioning me about it, and in the end I manage to calm him down, that it's not like a bomb or weapon or something and we go about the museum again. then every time we meet a guard they are on their mics and eventually one comes over and says you can't have that here and we say ok and that we'll take it to the cloak room (just the tripod mind), then suddenly a guard comes running from the room yelling about the tripod in german.

    we are then escorted to the cloakroom where I leave my tripod but not the camera and go back in where we are met with suspicious looks and followed from room to room.

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    One time, that guy was me! I was walking through Boston's Downtown Crossing area, and I see a guy carrying a Crown Graphic and a tripod, so I say, hey, nice, got a Speed at home. I let him take my picture on the street and we chat about film and lenses for a few minutes. It was cool.

    Occasionally I get a comment or question, but most of the time, passersby are oblivious, even when I've got something really conspicuous, like the Speed Graphic or the RB67.

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    Always get a number of people daily when I'm out with my Hasselblads or Rollei. Gotten me in, and out of, some pretty ridiculous situations, those little Swedish devils.
    See my work at my website CHRISTOPHER LANGE PHOTOGRAPHY

    or my snaps at my blog MINIMUM DENSITY
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    I find it funny when I get lectured by middle-age gents when I pull out my M7II or a Nikon FE at Arches NP or another place in the area.

    "You're still using film? *scoff*"

    "I used to use that 10 years ago...." Grin.

    Assholes.
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