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the addiction... by cweeks the addiction... by cweeks
it always fascinates me when i get an email from someone with an email address of hatemail@dickheadwannabe.com.

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.

really.

at least, according to fellini.

whatever.

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.

whatever.

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.

Later
Lunitic Bodisattva
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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.
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punkdunc Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
too true on the mark again. thanks
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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
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JuanMonroe Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2007
wow, awesome picture
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TINIEBLO Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2007
wow...excellent capture...the topic and composition shows a really impacting moment
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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...
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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.
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:iconkekedee:
Kekedee Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2007   Photographer
Thank's for sharing your tricks. That's a hell of a photo.
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wtp Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
I've been one of those...
once...
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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Rotschweif Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2007
cool shot, i liked it o
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canonmeems Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2007
How do you do that? Always catching the moment.. You`re great!
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:iconcweeks:
cweeks Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2007
practice, my love.
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kimberlypage Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2007
I love this shot. It really captures what is happening :P
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zambullidamisterioso Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2007   Photographer
I like the way you were able to capture the usual chaotic atmosphere and especially the flash.

Great job! :)
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oceangirl Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2007
and half the beauty lies in the description
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oceangirl Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2007
"focused attention"
:rofl:

it's... beautiful
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equivoque Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2007
addiction, indeed.
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:iconcweeks:
cweeks Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2007
and some of them actually are like pavlov's dogs!

the drooling isn't very attractive, though ... and ... some publicists carry drool rags! ;)
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equivoque Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2007
they are preparing for old, old age.... with the drooling.
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WmBCrawford Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
Good "Stuff"

I like the motion of it..makes it feel alive.
I can hear the cameras, yells.
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simba Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2007
Focused attention ... :rofl:

You crack me up sometimes. Nice flash.
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:iconcweeks:
cweeks Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2007
well ... ya' know...
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soul-surfer Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2007   Interface Designer
I love the way you explain what you are thinking. It makes me really want to see your photos and try to figure out what you are going to say before I read about it. Some times I'm right, but most of the time you surprise me and it just makes me love the photo even more. You put a story to the photo and that makes it more real to me. Thank you for your art and your thoughts. They are awesome.

-Mark
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soul-surfer Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2007   Interface Designer
I love the way you explain what you are thinking. It makes me really want to see your photos and try to figure out what you are going to say before I read about it. Some times I'm right, but most of the time you surprise me and it just makes me love the photo even more. You put a story to the photo and that makes it more real to me. Thank you for your art and your thoughts. They are awesome.

-Mark
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Sulejman Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
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:iconschoolbookdepository:
Hey , ill work with you for free. Carry your lenses and bodies.....Plus im a laugh a minute :)
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adamkozlowski Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2007
Yeah Chris, that's indeed a good one. That's something else than usual in your gallery. But it's a good one, and as usual - with a story. I like it so much. I really don't like a photo deviation with no comments from the author's side.

And yeah, i'd like to be on the right side of the rope, heh...
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Haknett Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2007
Great shot. It's interesting. The slight blur, the flash, the chaos. It makes for a very descriptive shot, and anything not derived for photo itself, you more than made up for in the description. Love it.
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contains-mild-peril Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2007  Professional Photographer
I guess it was always going to be the way with people who don't know the industry that any photographer involved with celebrities would be labled a 'pap'. Even though I've seen some who tape up their cameras so the settings can't be changed, can't really see how they're photographers.

Having said that it's always fun when you're at a press event to stand in a paparazzo's way. Something sweetly ironic when they shout at you to move.

But yeah, your image. Nice take on the press pack :)
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shtrumf Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2007
hmm...someone got pissed. I wonder why :roll: :D
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kerian Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2007
"and the good ones will make more with one photograph ...

than 90% of the people reading this ..." - you suddenly became humble i wondered ..

"in their entire photographic lives." - ok .. not ;)
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:iconcweeks:
cweeks Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2007
you knew me better than that ... come one! ;)
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katea Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2007
Don't take it personally Chris- I mean those who call you "paparazzi/o". They just don't know the difference I quess. In the polish news almost all photographers like you are reffered to as "paparazzi" I don't say that it's sth easy to make peace with but it's just that people watching the news don't get it that calling carpet photographers "paparazzi" is offensive. I'm not even sure if I can say that I trully understand what you feel because I don't - I'm not a photographer, so how could I?
Although - I used to play table tennis professionally. It's a hard game. In Polish there are several names and terms to talk about this sport that are used casually by ordinary people. Using those terms makes the sport look like a childish game good for people who don't mind standing next to a table, waving their arm back and forth for no particular reason. It kind of hurt me when people used those terms talking to me about my sport, when I was forcing myself to practise 2 -4 hours a day 7 days a week to get better and better.
That's not the same, but pretty close I guess.
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niruf Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2007  Professional General Artist
ok...fav for the photo AND the description..
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lagatafritz Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2007
incredible capture!!! o.o
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straightfromcamera Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2007  Professional Photographer
Straight onto my wishlist.

not to be like them.. well, maybe.. just for a million..

but this print deserves a spot on the wall.

was it WB that contacted you with hate mail?
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cweeks Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2007
Thank you, your order (#338898) has been received. You should receive an email soon with details.

and, yes, perhaps it was. he was generally good-natured about it, though. ;)
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straightfromcamera Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2007  Professional Photographer
I wonder if i ever meet him, if he will have " GRILL MARKS " on him ;)
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myrnajacobs Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2007  Professional Photographer
Most people in the world, on this planet have NO knowledge of the press... or media ... and how much of what they think is "news", or spontaneous captures (image wise), is simple the output of some PR machine. Having lived in LA for a long time.. and been associated with the film industry (if indirectly) for an equal amount of time, I no longer look at any media the same.... always now I have a view to who wrote it .... took the photo...had the photo taken... etc etc... and well, it makes easy work for newspapers, mags and other media. Did that make sense... ??

papparazzi ....o whatever. You just make more money, right?...or a regular and somewhat predictable basis. those 'others' take their chances...may eat and may not... :D The best of them eat well, the weak and lazy don't. But isn't that the way of the world.

I love this image btw. I enjoy photos of photographers. It always amuses me and rarely do we actually turn the lens on ourselves. thanks, chris
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mewmewziq Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2007  Hobbyist Writer
Wow.... beautiful.
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10N3star Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2007
haha thats great
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Alteru Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2007
Fav for the comment + great shot combo. :)


So brilliant...
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000moggy000 Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2007
I've never lived in LA, nor have I ever been remotely close to the "glitz" of the entertainment business... but I hear so much bad.

I guess it really could be like an addiction in order to thrive in such a working environment.

I don't know what it's like, but I know what I've heard.

Do you ever want to leave it behind? Go live in the woods? Build a log cabin and take photos of moose all day?
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buggytj Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2007
love your comments as much as your photo's

keep 'em coming
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hircine Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2007
yeah, well, everyone has their addictions... i'm addicted to your stories, for instance ;)
i'd probably even read them if it took me hours.
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:iconcweeks:
cweeks Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2007
lets hope it doesn't take hours! ;)

thanks!
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Zenhead Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2007
quite cool. the flash is very rad too.

isn't it great how the real photographers see this and others just... dont have a clue?

there is a little bit of bresson in all of us i think.
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la-morte-amoreuse Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2007  Professional General Artist
The group of photographers look like a swarming group of demons attempting to gobble up prey. cool shot :] You're not a paparazzo. I think calling you one would be insulting.
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99thbone Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
one addiction that can never be helped -- just intensified -- like the moment chosen -- later days
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