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… keep moving our feet.

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The Blue Wall"

“The camera’s not a camera, really. It’s an open door we need to walk through.  It’s up to us to keep moving our feet.” Joe McNally

Joe McNally’s post about photographers being “strange” is true. He pins me to the wall when he talks about photographers “staring at strange stuff”. I plead guilty to that and probably hits a chord with anyone reading his blog or even this blog. Case in point is the wall outside of a restaurant/bar called the Boathouse in Myrtle Beach. I had gone over for lunch before we flew out later in the afternoon. After devouring a shrimp BLT sandwich and fries, something I’d never had before, I walked out the door and noticed the painted wall of the building. It looked like a fresh paint job and I had to have a photo. I took a half dozen shots, adjusting my position by moving forward and backwards, stepping to the side, trying different crops until I felt I got what I wanted. Probably took no more than 1-2 minutes of time. Turning around I found myself staring at a car wanting to park right where I was doing my photographers dance routine. I can hear it now, “I don’t know Martha, looks like he’s shooting a wall. Strange!” I gave them a sheepish smile, waved, put the lens cap back on and got out of their way.

Whether we’re strange or not, we must keep moving our feet. 🙂


Written by Monte Stevens

February 16, 2010 at 12:01 am

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  1. Interesting wall.. do you think someone had painted over some graffiti? I have also gotten ‘lost’ with the camera to my eye, looking for the best composition, angle, etc. 🙂


    February 16, 2010 at 9:47 am

    • Not sure as the whole building was painted this way. And, the siding looked to be metal.

      Monte Stevens

      February 16, 2010 at 12:03 pm

  2. I’ve come to believe all humans are strange, each in their own way. Being lost in the moment, peering through a viewfinder and moving our feet has caused more then one photographer to step into traffic, into a creek, or off a cliff. I keep reminding myself to look around before moving my feet too far! 😉

    Interesting wall — it must of been fun to paint.


    February 16, 2010 at 10:08 am

    • You make me laugh, Earl. I’m thinking we need to come up with other words for strange: different, unique, special, rare, one-of-a-kind, extraordinary.

      Monte Stevens

      February 16, 2010 at 12:02 pm

  3. They probably saw you and wanted to find somewhere else to park!

    Paul L.

    February 16, 2010 at 5:11 pm

  4. Earl said “I’ve come to believe all humans are strange…”
    Cool now I am normal….. always wanted to be normal I guess…. if I thought about it I think I wanted to be normal… ahhhhh nevermind -think I’ll go make something.

    Ray Ketcham

    February 16, 2010 at 8:00 pm

    • Not sure what you were planning to make but you did “make” me smile. This world could always use another smile. Thanks!

      Monte Stevens

      February 16, 2010 at 9:56 pm

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