Hmmm - Bill posted something about my going digital at photo.net and here is the friendly thread so far. Seems like whenever I'm mentioned my photography draws a fair amount of flak.
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On a serious note, regarding the "Kill Dave Vol. II" thread from yesterday: I can only say that it is lucky that they didn't get me when I was just starting out - they could have done some serious damage. What if I had been a 15-year old kid starting out - as I once was. What if I didn't have hundreds of prints hanging in living rooms around the country?
At this point, they are no more annoying than the 17-year old guitar salesmen at any of the bigger New York music stores who are all attitude unless you are someone famous and then they are all fawning. And no, though I thought of it, I'm not going to enter that fray on photo.net with some response because you will find a cyber-mob there that have the cyber-rope in their hands and there ain't no deputy around. They are just gnats - swarming around looking for an open sore to feast on.
Now, whether this is a generational thing - i.e. teenagers out to make a reputation by knocking off an older gunslinger - I don't think so. I think the whole country is polarized about everything and to paraphrase a line from the Paper Chase - their minds have turned to mush. You can hear the same rigid, desperate attitude on any talk-show; or any C-Span call-in program.
I have an aunt who was always giving advice to me and to anyone that would listen about just about everything. One day, after I found her particularly annoying - my father took me aside and said: "Look - your aunt is a very unhappy woman. The reason that she gives you all this advice about your life is because she has lost control over her own life. So don't pay her any mind."
Now, if Uma Thurman made some disparaging remarks about me - that would lay me low for a long time. I haven't seen either of the Kill Bill movies but I love her in those ten second clips I see on t.v. I just like that shot of her looking into the camera and saying, "I'm going to kill Bill." I have no idea who Bill is, though I thought she would have killed him in the first movie... But okay - I digress, and not only to I digress but I digress badly. How I got from my ancient auntie to Ms. Thurman... I will leave that to you.