What it’s all about

You put your left foot in
You take your left foot out
You put your left foot in
And you shake it all about
You do the hokey pokey
And you turn yourself around
That’s what it’s all about

I really have no idea what this guy was doing.  I’m guessing he was stretching because he had been on his feet to long and his legs were sore.  It’s hard to know for certain but the fam and I were coming down the stairs from the contemporary exhibits at LACMA on the floor above, when he started doing his awkward little dance.  

I had just shot out a roll on the Mamiya so it was empty and the M7 was in my bag.  Actually it’s my wife’s bag but she’s letting me use it.  It’s this gorgeous black ONA with the red dot on the front and red interior that she bought at Samy’s.  I love it, although but I’m not aloud to call it mine because she might take it back from me one day.  The issue of bag ownership is neither here nor there but, it is so choice.  If you have the means I highly recommend picking one up.

So the guy is hokey pokey’ing on his right foot–it’s already been sufficiently shaken all around and he returns it to it’s regular position astride his left foot in what I would call a normal, two-legged guard-stance.  I haven’t faired as well though, the Mamiya is out of my hands now and in the bag but I’m only just managing to get the M7 out when he commences to putting his left foot in.    My pace quickens and I switch on the Leica.  I look down at see that I’m already at f2 so I set the shutter at 1/30 and take the last last two steps with a large and really ungraceful half-lunge/half-fall.  I frame and shoot and I swear to you here and now, dear reader, I thought I missed it.  In fact I was pretty sure that if I got anything at all it would have been motion-blurred to shit since there was no way that neither he nor I were still when I made the image. 

In my mind all I could think was, that’s what it’s all about. 

Shot on the Leica M7, 35mm cron with an amber filter on Kodak Tri-X 400 pushed to 800 at the Icon.    

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