Q: Why Was the Photographer Arrested?


ImageThis is a picture I took of my mother in the A Christmas Story house in Cleveland, Ohio. She is standing next to the famous leg lamp. You can see I have a talent for photography. /sarcasm

I’ve always had a fascination with cameras. My first camera was a Kodak Instamatic, and I went through flash cubes like some people I know go through chocolate (you know who you are). There was great anticipation as I waited for the prints to come back from wherever they were sent. I think I was always a little disappointed in the final results, but there were usually enough pictures to delight me to make it worthwhile.

In my early twenties, I finally bought a 35 mm camera. I forgot to change a setting once, and my one and only trip to Disneyworld was forever overexposed. The camera certainly wasn’t as easy to use as an Instamatic, and my picture taking dropped dramatically.

I finally took a continuing education class in basic photography. I learned how to use my camera, and we even did some developing in a darkroom.


The McKinley Monument has 108 steps. You run to the top and act like Rocky.

We were eventually sent out to shoot pictures, and we had to bring ten slides with us the following week to share with the class. I picked out my favorites. As more and more slides were shown that evening, I slid down in my chair hoping to go unnoticed. Most of the pictures were of the well-known landmarks  around the area (they all seemed to have the McKinley Monument) or beautiful pictures of flower gardens and streams.

I almost got away with it, but the teacher spotted me just before he went to turn on the lights. There were some chuckles and snickers as they viewed my picture of cows on a steep incline, slivers of the last rays of sunshine slipping between black trunks of skinny trees onto an even blacker swamp, and a sunset behind a dilapidated barn which was set to the left of my frame rather than the right. I don’t remember my other pictures, but they were equally odd and different from all of the others.

I’m sure my face and neck were red when the lights came back on.

Imagine my surprise when the teacher used my slides to show/tell everyone why their pictures were boring and uncreative while mine were not. After class, he suggested I sign up for the next, more advanced class. He thought I had an “eye” for photography and could do something with it someday. I didn’t pursue it. I just wanted to learn how to use my camera. It was stolen within the year when my apartment was broken into. I never replaced it.

I find myself following quite a few photographers here at WordPress. My love for photography has definitely surfaced again, but I don’t have a camera. Well, I do have a digital Sony Mavica, but it’s not what I want.

Yesterday was a pretty, sunny day. I charged the Mavica and asked hubby to take me for a drive, so I could take some pictures. I told him I’d make a great blog post with my photographic skills. We both laughed.

We weren’t very far from home when he saw two horses, a white fence, and a barn. Not what I was looking for, but he whipped off the road and pulled out his camera phone. He was shooting pictures so fast you would have thought there was an underwear model out there. I looked around. We were next to a dried up corn field. I spotted one yellow ear peeking out. I snapped a picture – just to get started as this wasn’t what I had in mind. The sky above the field was a beautiful blue, and although not special, I snapped the picture anyway.

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Then my camera died. Two freakin’ crappy pictures and my camera died. My enthusiasm was gone just like that. But not hubby. Oh, no. He drove on down the road to the winery and took a million pictures there with his phone. I whined and dragged my feet as I watched him be the photographer. Sigh.

Here are a few photographers I have more recently followed and have really been enjoying:

http://pamtanzey.wordpress.com/ – Pam is an artist, and I love her artwork. She frequently posts photos, and her close-ups of her horses are wonderful. Her recent dog photos made me want more dogs.

http://arnoldthearmadillo.wordpress.com/2012/10/19/leafy-drive/ – Glenno has a new blog, and this link will take you directly to one of his photographs that I just love.

http://disperser.wordpress.com/ – Emilio’s shots of bird, bugs, flowers, and much more are wonderful. His recent post of tree swallows feeding was great.

http://barrycreative.wordpress.com/2012/09/23/a-shore-thing/  – I first found Barry with the post at this link. I was hooked by his visuals and his stories.

And here are some of hubby’s camera phone pictures so he doesn’t feel left out:

ImageImageImageImageAnswer to the title of this post: Because he shot people.

Do you have an interest in photography? Do you share your photos on your blog?

52 thoughts on “Q: Why Was the Photographer Arrested?

  1. Great joke and great images! I am not a photographer, and I rarely take pics anymore, mostly because then I know I have to go to the trouble to print them out. But I admire those of you who know what you’re doing behind a camera. 🙂

  2. I imagine it must’ve be gratifying when your teacher said your pictures were better than everyone’s. Way to go! Though it sucks that your camera broke. If it’s any consolation, those two pictures you took are nice (and so are your husband’s)!
    I like taking photos, mostly of food (and I giggled at that little hint you included there), and I usually do that with my phone. It has sufficient options, but I really don’t know how to do more than click that capture button!

    • Was my hint subtle? I almost wrote that I went through flash cubes, “faster than Zen goes through chocolate,” but I held back. You still knew I was talking about you! 🙂 I love, love, love, chocolate, too, so I’m right in it with you! If I had prettier kitchen things, I think it would be fun to do a food/cooking post every now and then.

  3. I agree with your teacher. (From the way you described them) those photos had character. My son explained it to me when he was 12 (smart boy). He said that although he can copy other people’s drawings or paintings quite well and he even does a fair family portrait, that doesn’t make him an artist. Artists create, as do writers and photographers (even though we’ve all got our iPhones and mobiles with cameras). I like the field and the ear of corn, Maddie. You can get more out of them than just an ‘ooh, ahh, how pretty.’ I mean, was it the end of a season? Or was there a drought? It made me think.

    • We are at the end of the season. The field will be harvested soon for food for animals. Your son is so right. I’m amazed at some of the photos I’ve seen here at WP; people are so creative!

  4. Maddie, when I get the time I’ll duck on over to those blogs you’ve recommended and take a look see…
    Your two pics are very sweet…. However; you may get mad at me here…. Your hubby’s pics are very good too. He has a great ‘eye’… I love his perspective…! You have mentioned that he’s one of those types who can do almost anything!!! Well, it seems he can… Does this make you want to ‘hurt’ him…!?! Of course, I know you wouldn’t; well, maybe wouldn’t..! 😉
    Seriously though, they are all great pics. Hope you get yourself a good camera. Can’t have hubby taking all the pics now; can we… 🙂

  5. The camera phones today are so advanced, they do a great job making pics, almost as well or better than stand alone cameras. PS Let the hubby enjoy being the photographer . 🙂

  6. I love the vibrant yellow of that ear of corn, and I love discovering the unexpected! I enjoy taking pictures, mostly with my phone but sometimes with a little digital one…I would love to share more on my blog but being technically challenged and plain old tired by the time I get to write…a handful of pictures in six months of blogging! My next door neighbor takes photography classes and I love seeing all the pictures she posts on her blog. Keep shooting and keep writing!

    • The bright yellow amongst all the brown was a surprise. I find when I have a camera in my hands, I look at everything differently. I’ve taken a lot of pictures with my phone, but it’s old and there’s no way to get the pictures out of there, so I just have to enjoy them on my phone. You keep writing, too! We’ll enjoy all these creative people together. 🙂

  7. It’s not so much finding an interesting subject as making an uninteresting subject interesting – or something like that. That was basically the photography advice a friend gave me a few years ago so i dragged my poor quality digital outside and gave it a whirl. Seven years later I’m on a Nikon and have filled my Flickr up with over 17,000 photos (ridiculous, I know!) I blog them now and then on my personal blog and use them for book stuff 😉

    Just as all writers say ‘come, join us,’ I have to do the same with the photos – you’ll like it again, though i think a different camera is in order. two shots? yeesh! I do like them, though 🙂

    • I am so glad to hear this! I can see begging for a camera for Christmas and then turning into a fiend. I never thought about Flickr, even though I know about it. That’s a good idea. The rechargeable battery in the Mavica is what died. I knew it was having a hard time holding a charge, but I didn’t think it would give out so soon. … Also, thank you for the Pubit information. I’m glad to know that.

  8. I found you on Carrie Rubin’s site and decided to come check you out! I, too, love photography, although I’m a writer by aspiration (not yet published). I enjoy your blog and just might start one of photos I’ve taken. In the meantime, I will keep on blogging about the magic and madness of middle age. Have signed up to hear more from you!

    • Hi Claudia Ann. I think a blog of photos is a grand idea. Since coming to WordPress, I’ve seen more of the world than I ever dreamed I could through the photos of others. Thanks for stopping by!

  9. Go check out Theo Fenraven’s blog. He takes lots of pictures, and normally has about a post a week with photos. He also goes over different techniques which is interesting. Personally, I’ve never been one to take pictures. It’s at the extreme where I don’t have a photo of myself dressed up for the Lolita Fashion Show (at an anime convention) or me in my new dress going to Traviata. I think if I had a camera, I would take pictures. I’d still probably forget to take pictures when I was dressed up though.

    • Sometimes I wish I had more pictures of things we’ve done as a family. It never occurs to us to take pictures. Like you, maybe we would if we had a camera. The Mavica was for close-up work when we were sellers on eBay, but it’s not that great for anything else. Thanks for the referral; I’ll check him out.

  10. I just got a new camera and feel like I could spend all day taking pictures. Sometime soon I’m going to take the very same shot of the leg lamp in Cleveland. “A Christmas Story” is my favorite holiday movie and we keep meaning to take the trek up there to see the house. I hope my pictures turn out as good as yours!

    • It was cold and there were long lines when we were there. Be prepared. 🙂 I would think there would be so many wonderful pictures to take there in Cincinnati, the surrounding area, and across the river. Have fun with your camera!

  11. Great photos! 🙂
    I actually started attempting a photo journal when I first started blogging on WP, and probably because I was inspired by other bloggers who did photography. But I quickly realized that it wasn’t something I could keep up with. I think in the end my passion is writing. I’ll stick to what I know and let the photo bloggers do their thang =P

    Btw, thanks for the subscribe! I hope you will leave a 10-word-or-less description of your blog on my page dedicated to my readers so everyone will know what your blog is about! http://yourdailydoseblog.com/2012/10/11/a-page-dedicated-to-my-readers-your-blogs-please-help-me-finish-it-by-describing-your-blog-in-10-words-or-less/

    Thanks!! 🙂

  12. Awww thanks Maddie! I love your two photographs, the corn especially and your Mom in the Christmas Story living room, how fun! Love that movie and that lamp. Your Hubby’s photos pretty darned nice too!

    • I think it’s so funny that the battery in the camera died (never to be recharged again) shortly after we went out. I think it was a sign. I’ll just continue to enjoy your photos. 🙂

  13. I couldn’t take a picture to save my life 😉 that’s why I follow the great photographers on WP! Your pics are good (sorry about the camera) 😦 Maybe Santa will bring you a new one 😀

  14. Love the pictures! And cows, farmland, cornfield, etc, pictures are awesome! I felt similar embarrassment in some of my creative writing classes in college – most everyone was from the city writing about city life and I’m writing about ‘cricks’ and cornfield and cows. Which, (according to them) crick is not a real word! Pssh! If we love something enough it is real to us and you find beauty in what is around you. Once again the hubby prevails! You guys make me laugh! Thanks for sharing! 🙂

    • My mother says crick. And warsh. 🙂 We had fun getting out that day. I think the nice warm days are behind us now. We’ll try some winter pictures this year and see what we come up with. The cows will look cold.

  15. Great post! Your photos are wonderful, including hubby’s. I love photos too & find myself seeking out those blogs. I used to take pictures but don’t get out any more so have more or less lost the desire. Never considered myself an artist, just liked to capture special moments in my life, including the beauty of nature.

    • Some of these photographers here at WordPress are amazing. The things they show us from around the world! You should take more pictures of Jenny Penny to show us. 😉 Has she recovered from her grooming?

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