Working on my New York bucket list
Today I had my photograph taken by the New York photography icon, Louis Mendes. This has been on my New York bucket list for a long while now.
I had to go in to B&H to return some gear, and when I saw Louis Mendes again on the corner of the street, I decided this is it – today! So I asked him to take a photo of me, and then had a friend take several photos with me with him.
If you’ve visited B&H, or the Photo Plus Expo, you’ve seen this guy. He has this monster hybrid vintage setup that he uses to shoot polaroids of anyone who wants one. Of course, it’ll cost you some $$ for the polaroid photo because living in New York is expensive.
What I’ve always found interesting is that he doesn’t hustle. He patiently waits for people to approach him. And if you do, you’ll find that he is engaging and has a lot of stories. Louis is a character! If you see him on your trip to New York, go strike up a conversation.
6 Comments, Add Your Own
1Dan Epstein says
Where did the second Speed Graphic come from? Did you bring it or was it his back-up rig?
1.1Neil vN says
He had the second one in a case with him. He pulled it out for this photo.
2Jason Guy says
Kind of makes you rethink the whole I need a mirrorless body because my current SLR is too heavy bullshit. Look at what he’s carrying!
Do we get to see the results?
I used to play with those Speed Graphic and Linholf cameras that my father has. Bending the lens left and right and watching the focusing point changed on the frosted glass in the back. I was fascinated.
5Doug Howell says
Dude you look good, I hope you are doing well, I have learnt a lot from you!