On photography

Sunday, September 04, 2011

I adore Annie Leibovitz, though I couldn't tell you why. I don't think all her work, especially her later stuff, is all that great. But I kind of think she's the bee's knees.

I made friends with the Aflac duck during a walk through the park

I've been trying to take more photographs of life outside my four walls, and in doing so, I remembered something Annie Leibovitz once said in an interview:
I think that when you are younger the camera is like a friend and you can go places and feel like you're with someone, like you have a companion. And also it's a license and it makes you feel you have a right to walk around and you are doing something. I think what happens is that you forget you're there. It's not like you are hiding but you forget, you are just looking so much, especially when you're younger, that you forget that you actually exist, you know what I mean? ... But things change, you get older and you have different tools and different approach and you learn to use photography differently.
 When I was younger I did things with a camera I would not do by myself. I remember going down to the docks in San Francisco and asking a fisherman if he would take me out on his boat. I would never do that without a camera.
I think it's a license. In times it has been a protection.
- Anna Beata Bohdziewicz, fotoTAPETA 
I do have an Annie Leibovitz story, which I like to call my Best NYC Celebrity Encounter Ever ...

Once when I was off to a lunch meeting, I crossed Rockefeller Plaza and looked up to see Annie Leibovitz walking out of a building towards a car. She stopped dead in her tracks, maybe having forgotten something. And then she looked at me. She was very tall with, of course, her signature long gray-silver hair. I didn't realize, at first, that it was Annie Leibovitz. It was while I passed her that I realized it was her, so, having no control over myself in the midst of someone I adored, I turned around to confirm (an unspoken no-no in New York City). Then I scurried off to meet my lunch date.

After lunch, I excitedly shared my story with some of my friends. For some unbeknownst reason, none of them knew who Annie Leibovitz was. I felt smited of an opportunity to gloat over The Best NYC Celebrity Encounter Ever ... and incredulous that my friends seemed to live under rocks!

I hope you enjoy Labor Day tomorrow and the "last" of summer ...

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