Loungin' - LLCoolJ
As I put up another installment of prints at Au Coquelet, an elder gentleman queried as to if I was the photographer.
I told him yes, and he asked me which camera I used. I told him.
"Well, I can tell with some of the prints that they definitely have film qualities."
"Uh, no sir - all of this entirely digital."
"It COULDNT be."
"All digital, yessir."
We talked more and came to the agreement that the best pictures often have more to do with the quality of the lens and less of the megapixels.
The staff at Au Coquelet have been telling me that Ive been getting good feedback from the prints displayed.
Me, whenever I see the prints, I get dark thoughts as to how they arent being displayed the way Id like.
The staff tells me to chill, and stop being so hard on myself.
Lemme describe him first.
David Bowie/Steven Tyler thin. Goth clothes. Purple.. no, INDIGO, hair.
He works at the Utrecht Art Supply store on Berkeley's University Avenue. Naturally.
He is looking at my mounted prints as Ive become a regular of sort there, buying supplies whenever cash appears in my pocket.
He continues looking through them stoically.
Then he makes his pronouncement.
"Really good. I have seen too many snapshots posing as 'photographs'. There are snapshots, and then there are PHOTOGRAPHS, like Ansel Adams. These are PHOTOGRAPHS."
This pronouncement is like having whatsisface in "High Fidelity" pronouncing his all-time favorite music as ART.
I nodded and thanked him.
That meant a lot.