Thursday, October 14, 2010

Bob Dylan Edition Leica?

George Kelly recently gave me this portrait of myself.


I think this photo is great because it relies on the viewer for a lot of its meaning. Any nonphotographer looking at this would have no idea what the thing is in my mouth. A whistle? A carpentry tool? A pocket knife? But to many film photographers the thing in my mouth is instantly recognizable and narrates exactly what's happening here. Not only that, it narrates our entire 2 week European journey.

It's a photo that's at once unapproachable and completely specific, depending on where you're coming from. Why can't all photos be like that? Oh, right, I forgot. They are.

10 comments:

Mike Sebastian said...

Blake, try as I might, I can't make out the object. After a suitable period of suspenseful ignorance has passed, can you spill the beans? :)

Stan B. said...

That a C or a D?

jophilippe said...

Shouldn't you say "Leica M users" instead of "film photographers" ?

Droid said...

All of my film cameras load from the back, but I do recognize a Leica bottom plate.

Kay said...

http://flic.kr/p/4LNimr

;-)

chuckp said...

I usually stick in my shirt pocket. That's why it's so important to wear a shirt with a pocket.

Blake Andrews said...

A shirt pocket works just as well. After seeing Kay's shot and realizing this might be a common situation, I'm surprised someone hasn't marketed some high-priced bottom-plate mouth adaptor for Leica users. Just about every other accessory exists. Why not that?

Senior Director of Stereotypes said...

What? You were in Europe and you didn't where a t-shirt with a Bald Eagle clutching an American flag on it?

Ministry of Spelling and Grammar said...

Dear Senior Director of Stereotypes,

It's wear, not "where"

Thank you,

MSaG

Blake Andrews said...

I figured the eagle and flag tattooed on my chest was sufficient since most of the time over there I was parading around topless.