For the Love of It....

July 29, 2013  •  Leave a Comment

 

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You know what? I carry my camera EVERYWHERE and you know what else? If you just take out a piece of decent photo gear, and just start taking pictures, and act like you know what the F you are doing, you can go ANYWHERE. I was at Duboce Park on my way to the Harvey Milk Photo Center when I saw this kid's birthday party. The parents had hired a "bubble guy" who brings out a big soap bubble act. The kids participate. It's WAY cool. Now generally photographing children is fraught with dangers which are all too obvious to discuss. Recently I have learned that it's best just to jump in, knowing it's best to ask forgiveness than permission. I anticipated being approached by suspicious parents. Instead all I got was a lot of "Can I get a copy of that...?". As usual I handed out a bunch of business cards, which establishes my intentions. I also tell them, "Email me and I'll send you images". Oddly enough, almost no one ever does. Update July 30th: The boy's mom emailed me. Sweet! I got her the images. I'm happy to do it. Her son will have the photo the rest of his life.

To the point: Be bold, don't ask permission, and always be prepared to hand out a business card.

Photojournalism, whether you approach it as a profession or just a passion, requires no apology.

Document our world. Hold a mirror to man.


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Publications:

 

Blue in Black and White Turner Publishing, 1999

 

Permanent Exhibits:

 

A Collection of 100 Black & White Prints on Permanent Display
 

Hall of Justice, 4th Floor
 

850 Bryant Street, San Francisco
 

Police Headquarters Building
 

1245 3rd Street, San Francisco
 

 

Staff Photographer

 

San Francisco Police Officer’s Association

1988-1999

 

Contributing Photographer

 

San Francisco Police Department Media Relations & Public Affairs 1990-2013
 

 

San Francisco Police Department Video Production Unit
 

 

Education:

San Jose State

Photography

1977-1982

 

Shows

 

“Behind the Badge”, Harvey Milk Photo Center

2011

Harvey Milk Photo Exhibit Summer

2012

“Off the Beaten Path”, Photo Exhibit, Sharon Arts Center, San Francisco

2012

“Open Show” Apple San Francisco

May 2013

"In The Moment" Photo Exhibit, Harvey Milk Photo Center

July - September 2013

 

 

Email me at pete@tmaxphoto.com if you want to connect.

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