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.