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American Portraits: No. 18 by Nullermanden American Portraits: No. 18 by Nullermanden
June 1st, 2007
Boston, Massachusetts

'John'


As I was talking to Sam (portrait #16), we got to the subject of film, when this guy walked by and joined the conversation. His name was John, and he had been a filmphotographer for many years, but when he retired, he needed to find a cheaper way of continuing his hobby, so he bought a Canon 5D (you can see the strap around his neck) and was now enjoying being able to shoot nonstop without worrying about the costs.

As we were talking, I noticed in the corner of my eye that a long-legged girl in her early twenties, wearing a short skirt, walked past us in. Without breaking eyecontact, and still continuing the sentence he was in the middle of, John grabbed his camera, swung it to the side, and snapped a couple of pictures of the girl. He then put the camera back on his lap and continued the discussion as if nothing had happened.

For a brief moment, I thought to myself: "...did that really just happen?", but quickly brushed it off and followed John into the subject of darkroom editing.

Somewhere in between developing and scanning negatives, John reached for his camera yet again, turned it to his right and snapped another couple of shots - again without breaking eyecontact. I turned my head, and a young teenagegirl gave me a slightly confounded look, before she wandered off into the croud.

I looked back at John, and as he smiled back, I suddenly remembered that I had a train to catch.


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:iconfromse:
Fromse Featured By Owner May 11, 2010
Haha, such a nice story! :D
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:iconfloating-waters:
floating-waters Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2009  Student General Artist
i like how there's a story attached to every portrait. just curious, everyone looks so worn out. do you intentionally look for people like this?
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:iconnullermanden:
Nullermanden Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2009
I do, I can't help it... It's just what attracts my eyes - and my lens!
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:iconfloating-waters:
floating-waters Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2009  Student General Artist
lols. well, there's plenty of ugly people in florida. go to a Wal-Mart or a Flea-Market and your camera will be in heaven.
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suukei Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2008
Hi!
I've featured your artwork in my news "One World" [link]

Take a look! :heart:
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:iconcottonball:
cottonball Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2008
....He. likes taking pictures of girls ?? >_>
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:iconnullermanden:
Nullermanden Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2008
Apparently, yeah! It was kinda freaky, haha
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:iconchoclat:
Choclat Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2008   Photographer
his wrinkles look like rough fissures in the ground of the beach, y'know? those kinds that won't budge, but they're really tiny and make the sand look layered even from the top. yeah... but in a good way. :]
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atwosidestory Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2007
Good shot, but +fav for the story.
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SoftSpirit118 Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2007
I love the stories that come with your portaits. They really tell the true nature of people and make the photos even more beautiful. I literally lol-ed reading this one. A tad creepy, but very interesting as well. ;)
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:iconrachapunk:
rachapunk Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
Hah, hilarious story :D
Really adds a lot to the photo- which is great by itself :P
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AlexJHH Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2007   Photographer
Haha, great stuff, and once again gives me the inspiration to try street portraiture. Bravo :clap: :D
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:iconmeldir:
meldir Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
all of those are brilliant... there's so much more to those photos than anybody might think at the first glance. crop and composition are excellent. great photojournalism.
what i'd really like to know is how you pp-ed them.
great work.
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verloreneseele Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2007
hahaha great story and great shot!
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tiffany Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2007   Photographer
before i read the story, i looked and i thought i saw some camera straps there. :D i agree with the general consensus that the stories are really great. i'm always interested in how they affect my perception of the image, as well. i like to look at the photo, examine it, and then read the description, and examine it again. for this one, when i first saw it, i thought that he looked like a nice old man who could be anyone's mild-mannered grandpa. aaand then i read the description. :D it's very interesting how he never lost eye contact...i wonder what the actual shots turned out like...i mean, even the best photographer can't blindly shoot and have the shots turn out great (disregarding luck, of course). but hey...maybe he didn't really care about the composition, just that he 'got the shot'. :paranoid:

i love the details in the face...the age spots, the wrinkles, and i also like the funky shirt. it adds some good texture and contrast. i can't really put my finger on which one in this series is my favorite, but this one up there on the list, at least. nice one! :thumbsup:
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ixat Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2007
That is a great story. Kudos to John and his quick-draw photography skills, we could all learn from him!

Oh, and I've only been to Boston once, for a couple of hours, but it's a truly beautiful place. There was a farmer's market on the main square across the city hall when I was there, I got some fruit and breads that were truly amazing!
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sweetsour Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2007
lolol nasty old man :D ?
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LeFauneParisien Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2007   Photographer
These stories ! Gosh ! I love reality, sometimes.
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:iconnullermanden:
Nullermanden Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2007
Yeah, sometimes reality beats imagination : D
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DeeJey Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2007
Your 'American Portraits' series is one of my favourites and interesting series on DA.
Congrats.

PS: !keep shooting!
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:iconnullermanden:
Nullermanden Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2007
Thanks Damian : )

I will :aww:
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:icondeejey:
DeeJey Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2007
You're very welcome.
dont forget that in photography less is more (about P'shop)
I'm waiting for more portraits
:)
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:iconnullermanden:
Nullermanden Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2007
Well personally, I consider my photo the canvas and Photoshop my pencil - but different people, different opinions. I do try not to overdo it though ; )
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DeeJey Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2007
i wish all the best.
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shtrumf Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2007
hm..that canon 3D has got it's money's worth :rofl:
cool photo.. as always (you can tell he's a perv :lol:)
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:iconnullermanden:
Nullermanden Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2007
Canon 3D? *lmfao* :lmao:
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:iconshtrumf:
shtrumf Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2007
4D..5D..whatever..
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:iconmissushow:
MissusHow Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2007  Student Artist
Look! It's you! In the future....sort of..


Still that's pretty impressive, without breaking eyecontact. That man has skillz.

And an amazing face and smile.
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:iconnullermanden:
Nullermanden Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2007
I hope not :lmao:

I wanna spend my time on something a little more serious and a little less creepy than snatching pictures of girls' butts :lol:
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MissusHow Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2007  Student Artist
It's a perfectly respectful profession!


I'm sure he studies the physics of the whole thing.


"Ah, yes, this butt is more round because of my calculations in non euclidian sphirical geometry"
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:iconnullermanden:
Nullermanden Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2007
"Now if you divide the circumference of the left buttcheek with the length of the buttcrack..."

Right :lmao:
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hidden-glow Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2007
Lovely Story. Lovely Contrast. Lovely Portrait.

:aww:

Kristen
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:iconbambiman:
Bambiman Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2007
wow that guy's awesome, great picture, too! :D
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lxrichbirdsf Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2007
5D is not a cheap way!

Let me guess...he was using Nikon SLRs?

I like this photo very much.

I think you didn't use flash right?
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:iconnullermanden:
Nullermanden Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2007
I think he was using Nikon before he switched to the 5D. Not sure though...

Thank you ; ) And no, I never use flash : )
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:iconsmersci:
smersci Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2007   Photographer
amazing man :eyepopping:
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:iconcameragirl2007:
cameragirl2007 Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2007   Photographer
beautiful portrait!
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sophie--d Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2007   Photographer
love
your
work
.
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:iconnullermanden:
Nullermanden Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2007
thank
you
so
much
.
:giggle:
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:iconbeyondtheshadows:
BeyondTheShadows Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2007
haha i remember you told me this story! that was funny
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nina15r Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2007
I liked the story for this one the most
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:iconnullermanden:
Nullermanden Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2007
Out of all the stories, or just more than the photo itself? :giggle:
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olkie Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2007
uhm, i wish i could buy a 5d to LOWER my photography expenses;) I just dont think I could afford it...anytime soon at least. love this portrait...and you know that so well!!:)
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Nullermanden Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2007
I know, when he told me he needed to save money, I kinda glanced at his 5D and thought "...you ass, I only have a 350D!" :P

And thank you :cuddle: : )
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martasmarta Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2007
out = our
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martasmarta Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2007
out john is a latin lover, ey? ;)
i love these stories!
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:iconnullermanden:
Nullermanden Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2007
Not just latin, anything under 30 with a nice body ;P

Like his 5D! :lmao:

And thank you : ) I love telling them :giggle:
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funkygal4 Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2007
heehee great story for this one!
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jahshalom Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
what a good story. is that not like all of us. but most of the time e never do it. take shots of girls as they pass by. now that is funny. thanks for sharing.
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moejo Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
i adore this series so much.
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