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March 13, 2007
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Canon EOS-1D Mark II
Shutter Speed
1/3 second
Focal Length
51 mm
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Date Taken
Sep 27, 2006, 9:50:14 PM
the addiction... by cweeks the addiction... by cweeks
it always fascinates me when i get an email from someone with an email address of

not that i have ... from that particular email address ...

but i got one from someone i like to poke fun at for their obvious lack of photographic skill and ... how they expound upon photographic technique and equipment.

he called me a paparazzi.

i corrected him and said, "if you want to use the term correctly in the singular, it's paparazzo."

it's funny to me that press line photographers (those on the "other side of the rope") and carpet photographers (those on the "right side of the rope") ... all get grouped into "paparazzi."

even though there are some who call us "carpet paparazzi" because we tend to get in their shots sometimes, its funny to me.

its funny because anyone who makes photos of celebrities sometimes -- by those who have no knowledge of entertainment publicity -- is referred to as paparazzi.

a wasp.


at least, according to fellini.


its interesting to me that paparazzi are those who are "uninvited and come to take pictures."

what's even funnier to me is that the real paparazzi are those such as x17, bauer-griffen, splashnews, west coast news and photo, WENN, the germans, the french, the english ...

and the good ones will make more with one photograph ...

than 90% of the people reading this ...

in their entire photographic lives.

yes, there are million dollar photographs.

not that a sanctioned photographer will ever make that photo if said sanctioned photographer ever wants to work with a p.r. agency ever again.

yeah, i've seen "what appears to be white dust under the nose of an a-lister" or "what appears to be an aging actor with a teen girl."

but i can't make that photo.

so what the fuck is up with this deviation's title?

when i saw this in some folder from some event ...

i remembered what i was thinking when i made it.

this was for stuff magazine ... they had something called the "Stuff Style Awards." And .... along with some notables like lindsay lohan ... i saw a lot of girls ... and guys for that matter ...

who would stand ...

and pose ...

and ... make eyes ...

for what seems like an eternity ...

on the carpet ...

they love that sea of cameras with such -- pardon the pun -- focused attention ...

they live for it.

they're addicted.

because they're sure to double up on the therapist visits should that attention ever wane.

or just an extra dose of white powder.


and what's so funny to me ... is that several of the million dollar photographs made by "the uninvited" were actually set up by the subject him or herself.

because they're addicted ...

to the attention.

canon eos 1dm2. 24-70mm/2.8L at f/14. 1/3 sec. 400 iso. minor crop. minor levels adj. +8 cont. my normal unsharp routine withe the 1dm2 was not used because i didn't like it on this.

why f/14? well ... i wanted to catch a flash and had to be slower than a quarter sec. three frames. got one.
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etspangler Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2007
nice job catching the flash, not so easy. Arn't we all addicted to the attention sometimes? Who wants to make a million dollar photo if it hurts someone else? I guess someone with their moral compas pointing to fuck it.

Lunitic Bodisattva
cweeks Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2007
i don't want to make a million on a photo which hurts anyone.

i like catching flash! you should see the flashes of 75 photographers. it's very surreal!

hope you're well.
punkdunc Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
too true on the mark again. thanks
brainpixels Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2007
just thinking about the first lines of your journal and I have to say, I totally agree .. it's that fact that a lot of ppl tend to group everyone into a certain way .. group persons they even don't know or have ever met and don't know how they work and what they do .. it's crazy .. just wondering about those
JuanMonroe Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2007
wow, awesome picture
TINIEBLO Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2007
wow...excellent capture...the topic and composition shows a really impacting moment
MaDtheWickeD Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2007
photo frenzy O_+ kinda craysea when you come to think about it. still its something i crave for...
Flash-burn Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2007
This is a great shot. It really captures the feeling of addiction. Thanks for the little bit at the end about trying to catch another camera's flash. It gave me the idea to make this photo: Intensity . Thanks for the inspiration.
Kekedee Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2007   Photographer
Thank's for sharing your tricks. That's a hell of a photo.
wtp Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
I've been one of those...
at the Berlinale,
need to get my film scanner working again...

sorry, got carried away,
but as usual, love your story, love your pics...
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