Dear Citizens of the Art, Photography & Wider Community on Earth

Dear Citizens of the Art, Photography & Wider Community on Earth,

I hope this finds you all well, wishing you much aloha.

Since starting macro iPhone photography (a passion of mine) I’ve noticed how concerned the local community is for my welfare and the welfare of other human beings in this part of the planet. After some strange occurrences, I began to realize that I must seem rather an oddity on the landscape, and appear to be causing quite some concern.

I realize that my patient attempts to capture a butterfly in flight near a mailbox, might seem to indicate that I am interested in the contents of someone’s mailbox, so people tend to see me as a potential thief.

On other occasions, bent over on the sidewalk, half on and half immersed in lengthy grass, some might consider me to be suffering the horrible after effects of a big night out on the town, doubling over to empty myself of it’s contents.

On yet other occasions, I believe I might have given some the impression I might be a paranoid schizophrenic, (not that there’s anything wrong with that), however, my awkward attempts to keep a flying insect in view whilst stalking it, are very innocent and as far from paranoid as it gets.

My apologies to the innocent people in my town for causing such mayhem, concern, turbulence and upset, I have found you all to be decent human beings, who, while you may not believe I am simply taking macro iphone photos of bugs, beetles, bees, butterflies, have all been exceedingly polite, in refraining so far from calling the Clinic to have me taken away.

If this does happen at some future stage, I will now understand why, just showing you my photographs on the iphone, hasn’t really taken away your concerns at all, but alleviated them in some very small way, enough indeed that you refrained from calling the police, except on one occasion, when an off-duty police officer did approach me, on behalf of the neighbours, due to deep concern ‘there may be something wrong’, due to my ‘stalking’ behavior outside her home. This day, it was all due to a blue banded bee that had captured my eye and my heart, and I was dammed if I’d let him get away, so I hovered for exactly 2 hours in one spot, taking an occasional break to survey the trees in and around the front of said police officer’s home.

I do apologise for the apparent disturbance I am creating for everyone due to my hobby and will try to look less mad/more photographer in future. Any advice from other photographers who have experienced this phenomenon themselves, and are familiar with this response to their photography (particularly nature/wildlife and macro photography), would be deeply appreciated.

Sincere thanks,

Dear Citizens of the Art, Photography & Wider Community on Earth by 

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  • ellismorleyphto
    ellismorleyphto11 months ago

    Sorry, I chuckled. Ironically, using a telephoto lens on a dSLR creates no less, in fact maybe more, concern than an iPhone wielding enthusiast. Such is life. :-)

  • lol, I was chuckling away as I wrote this, so no need to apologise :) That’s interesting too, that a big lens creates a stir as well! :)

    – © Karin Taylor

  • Dianne  Ilka
    Dianne Ilka11 months ago

    Ha ha! I now have an image in my head of you doing all of these things. You go girl!!!! :)

  • lol…yes, I’m glad it gives you a picture in your head, and I’m glad I’m not the only one Dianne! :)

    – © Karin Taylor

  • AngieDavies
    AngieDavies11 months ago

    Great story!!!!

  • Thank you so much Angie, lol :)

    – © Karin Taylor

  • Michael Jones
    Michael Jones11 months ago

    hahahaha. they just don’t understand do they. I really pity people who don’t posses that much drive and passion.

  • lol, nope they don’t and I guess I can’t blame them either, …’s hard for others to understand what they haven’t experienced or to put themselves in my place really, as it is such a passion, perhaps if we discussed ‘passions’ rather than ‘photography’ we would get somewhere!! :)

    – © Karin Taylor

  • JRGarland
    JRGarland11 months ago

    ROFLOL!! I can see the madness the people must be witnessing and feel for you deeply. Artists very often are considered quite mad to the general public who have absolutely no interest in creating anything, but an obstruction to the artist themselves. I’d say have fun with those mindless headscratchers and simply tell them that you are trying to contact your ship, but Scotty can’t seem to pick up the signal. Then tell them that you got some really cool shots of some bugs though while trying. LOL Before you know it they will just leave you alone and look the other way. That’s what I do and it works.

  • LOL John, your response made me laugh and laugh and laugh, thank you! Yes, I’m sure I’m considered quite ‘different’, although I recall someone I used to know once, telling me that I was trying too hard to be different, and that I was just the same as everyone else on the inside, haha….I had to laugh at that, because I was completely and utterly bamboozled and taken aback by it, I had no idea what they were talking about! Still don’t! :) I love that story, telling them I’m just trying to contact my ship, haha….that would probably end up with me at the Clinic in two seconds flat. …or they might just run for their lives. I must say though, it is heartwarming that so many concerned citizens have reached out to me, I’ve never met so many people in my life. lol…..albeit, it’s very bad timing, because they are disturbing my photoshoot and also the insects that I’ve been patiently waiting for, to settle down and let me take their portrait….2 hours of sitting and waiting can be utterly destroyed by a personal approach lol :)

    – © Karin Taylor

  • F.A. Moore
    F.A. Moore11 months ago

    Oh my gosh! Hahaahaa! Karin, dear, if this is true, please say hello to them from all of us wacked out artists who totally understand and applaud your “strange activities”. Tell them you are a part of the alien race of photographers and artists, and just trying to catch some bees for posterity. Surely they will leave you alone after that.

    p.s. love the blue banded bee story!

  • lol Frannie, yes, yes, it’s all completely true, haha……..I’ll tell them there’s more of us out there, I’m not the only one, however, nothing I say or do, seems to really impact them, in their minds they’ve seen me skulking around the neighbourhood and I’m obviously up to no good with my pigtails and all of 152cm, imagine what harm I might do….luckily, I am an honest person with no ill intentions whatsoever, but I guess they just don’t know that…..which is why I’m trying to get a vest, with Photographer printed on the back which I think just might help xxx

    – © Karin Taylor

  • barnsis
    barnsis11 months ago

    Superbly well written, having been in the same situations I can well empathize

  • Thank you so much Byron, I can imagine, because you also use an iPhone sometimes too, but it’s just not big enough or impressive enough to make the impression one needs to create the reality that you’re taking photographs and serious about it too. …never mind, I’m coming up with an idea, hopefully a printed vest with the word ‘photographer’ on the back, because people are mostly approaching me from behind after watching me for some time apparently, but I’ve been oblivious to them, until they actually come up to me, and I freak out, because I’m not used to anyone paying me any attention, I must look terribly suspicious. One lady thought I was spying on her, or on her neighbour and approached, as they were worried as well, that was quite some time ago, and it happened again another time, so I think so far, I’ve counted up 11 occasions, and I think it will just continue to happen unless I give them some clue as to what I’m doing, and alleviate the concern that I’m up to no good. :)

    – © Karin Taylor

  • F.A. Moore
    F.A. Moore11 months ago

    How about your Photographer t-shirt or hoodie, with the little photographer-girl printed on the back? Something very bold where the design stands out. (You know the one featured recently as a tattoo….)
    Could you add the word Photographer in a big bold font into the design, just in case they don’t get the message? lol.

  • That’s a great idea Frannie, thank you so much for suggesting it! There’s a little problem with it, because I’m so short, the hoodie tends to obscure the design (and I always wear hoodies (the short sleeved and the long sleeved), but I am working on getting a sleeveless vest with something printed on the back so I can just wear it over the top of anything I’m wearing, just with ‘photographer’ printed on the back, by someone local here, so I’ve made an enquiry and it’s just ‘wait and see’, don’t know if they’ll do a ‘one-off’ for me.

    – © Karin Taylor

  • Celeste Mookherjee
    Celeste Mookhe...11 months ago

    I love your story, Karin, and can identify with your encounters even though I use a DSLR rather than an iPhone. :) Most recently I had some very puzzled inquiries from a few people who were watching while I was doing some experimental photography – moving the camera during the exposure.

  • haha…I can imagine Celeste, anything that looks a bit different from the ordinary, point and shoot, seems to get people looking, and unless they themselves have done anything like it, they won’t have a clue and they so far, haven’t seemed to believe me, no matter how convincing my story is, you can just tell they are going ‘yeah sure, whatever you say…..’ lol. :) Thank you!

    – © Karin Taylor

  • owlspook
    owlspook11 months ago

    chuckle (big smile)

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