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Comments on: Waist Level Democracy, a Guide http://2point8.whileseated.org/2007/05/24/waist-level-democracy-a-guide/ A wide-open view of the practice of street photography by Michael David Murphy, While Seated. Sun, 21 Dec 2014 05:21:08 +0000 http://wordpress.org/?v=2.7.1 hourly 1 By: Tim Connor http://2point8.whileseated.org/2007/05/24/waist-level-democracy-a-guide/comment-page-1/#comment-24829 Tim Connor Fri, 08 Jun 2007 17:15:15 +0000 http://2point8.whileseated.org/?p=196#comment-24829 I've been looking for something new to jog my way of seeing. Thanks for this. I’ve been looking for something new to jog my way of seeing. Thanks for this.

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By: Jason Campbell http://2point8.whileseated.org/2007/05/24/waist-level-democracy-a-guide/comment-page-1/#comment-22075 Jason Campbell Tue, 29 May 2007 04:51:17 +0000 http://2point8.whileseated.org/?p=196#comment-22075 Nice post... I don't know about what he used in the past but, the last couple of times I've seen Larry Fink he has been shooting with a Mamiya 6... Nice post… I don’t know about what he used in the past but, the last couple of times I’ve seen Larry Fink he has been shooting with a Mamiya 6…

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By: Mike Peters http://2point8.whileseated.org/2007/05/24/waist-level-democracy-a-guide/comment-page-1/#comment-22062 Mike Peters Mon, 28 May 2007 22:07:18 +0000 http://2point8.whileseated.org/?p=196#comment-22062 Thanks Michael. I do have to clarify that I use a 45° prism on the Rollei and the Hassy that I currently use. Much easier for this guy to focus with. Looking down into it is still not quite as off-putting as a 35mm set up. The real beauty of old MF cameras as you touched on is that it telegraphs your intentions to take a photograph in a way that people seem to understand and accept without objection. I think it eliminates the sneaky quotient from the equation, and by sheer size and differentness, separates us from the masses weilding their digicams. Wrestling with the beast is also a good way to get yourself to truly concentrate on what you are doing. Rollei's and Hassy's are so counterintuitive to use that you really have to practice to be good at it, but it rewards that practice with images that are a wonder to behold, and exhibit. Thanks Michael. I do have to clarify that I use a 45° prism on the Rollei and the Hassy that I currently use. Much easier for this guy to focus with. Looking down into it is still not quite as off-putting as a 35mm set up.

The real beauty of old MF cameras as you touched on is that it telegraphs your intentions to take a photograph in a way that people seem to understand and accept without objection. I think it eliminates the sneaky quotient from the equation, and by sheer size and differentness, separates us from the masses weilding their digicams.

Wrestling with the beast is also a good way to get yourself to truly concentrate on what you are doing. Rollei’s and Hassy’s are so counterintuitive to use that you really have to practice to be good at it, but it rewards that practice with images that are a wonder to behold, and exhibit.

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By: Max http://2point8.whileseated.org/2007/05/24/waist-level-democracy-a-guide/comment-page-1/#comment-21993 Max Sun, 27 May 2007 09:58:01 +0000 http://2point8.whileseated.org/?p=196#comment-21993 Sorry, I meant to ask HOW do I scan 6x6 negs... Sorry, I meant to ask HOW do I scan 6×6 negs…

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By: Max http://2point8.whileseated.org/2007/05/24/waist-level-democracy-a-guide/comment-page-1/#comment-21992 Max Sun, 27 May 2007 09:57:05 +0000 http://2point8.whileseated.org/?p=196#comment-21992 Interesting. But do I scan 6x6 negatives? Need a special scanner? Interesting. But do I scan 6×6 negatives? Need a special scanner?

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By: Brian Ulrich http://2point8.whileseated.org/2007/05/24/waist-level-democracy-a-guide/comment-page-1/#comment-21946 Brian Ulrich Sat, 26 May 2007 17:20:15 +0000 http://2point8.whileseated.org/?p=196#comment-21946 Waist Levels Rule! Waist Levels Rule!

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By: Martin http://2point8.whileseated.org/2007/05/24/waist-level-democracy-a-guide/comment-page-1/#comment-21934 Martin Sat, 26 May 2007 13:59:11 +0000 http://2point8.whileseated.org/?p=196#comment-21934 I traded in a Pentax *ist DS for a Rolleiflex T a few weeks back after my Autocord bit the dust. Interesting that you write about it's usefulness as a street camera, as it's already become my main camera for this purpose. I love the advantage it provides of being both more and less conspicuous than an SLR or rangefinder. I traded in a Pentax *ist DS for a Rolleiflex T a few weeks back after my Autocord bit the dust. Interesting that you write about it’s usefulness as a street camera, as it’s already become my main camera for this purpose.

I love the advantage it provides of being both more and less conspicuous than an SLR or rangefinder.

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By: Joe http://2point8.whileseated.org/2007/05/24/waist-level-democracy-a-guide/comment-page-1/#comment-21911 Joe Fri, 25 May 2007 23:54:13 +0000 http://2point8.whileseated.org/?p=196#comment-21911 The only pictures I've ever seen of Diane Arbus shooting showed her holding her Mamiyaflex chest high or even higher, right up to her face (I assume looking down into the magnifier). The TLR viewfinders are so wonderful, but I find it hard to get used to reversed direction of movement -- things move the opposite way I expect! On the other hand, waist-level is great for full-body portraits because you're dead in the center of the body. And those 2 1/4 negatives -- so gorgeous. The only pictures I’ve ever seen of Diane Arbus shooting showed her holding her Mamiyaflex chest high or even higher, right up to her face (I assume looking down into the magnifier).

The TLR viewfinders are so wonderful, but I find it hard to get used to reversed direction of movement — things move the opposite way I expect! On the other hand, waist-level is great for full-body portraits because you’re dead in the center of the body.

And those 2 1/4 negatives — so gorgeous.

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By: Gustaf http://2point8.whileseated.org/2007/05/24/waist-level-democracy-a-guide/comment-page-1/#comment-21881 Gustaf Fri, 25 May 2007 11:00:33 +0000 http://2point8.whileseated.org/?p=196#comment-21881 I've noticed this too when approaching people with my Rolleiflex. I have a set of street portraits <a href="http://flickr.com/photos/the1gustaf/sets/72157600217084407/" rel="nofollow">here</a> all shot with a Rolleiflex.. It's actually quite rare for people to decline when I ask if I can photograph them. Sometimes people just come up to me to as about the camera. Still wish I didn't have to do all that scanning though... I’ve noticed this too when approaching people with my Rolleiflex. I have a set of street portraits here all shot with a Rolleiflex.. It’s actually quite rare for people to decline when I ask if I can photograph them. Sometimes people just come up to me to as about the camera. Still wish I didn’t have to do all that scanning though…

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By: Michael David Murphy http://2point8.whileseated.org/2007/05/24/waist-level-democracy-a-guide/comment-page-1/#comment-21864 Michael David Murphy Fri, 25 May 2007 05:08:31 +0000 http://2point8.whileseated.org/?p=196#comment-21864 A few (contemporary documentary) examples of squares: Brian Finke's <a href="http://www.amazon.com/2-4-6-8-American-Cheerleaders-Football-Players/dp/1884167349/ref=whileseated" rel="nofollow">2-4-6-8</a><br /> Dave Anderson's <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Rough-Beauty-Anne-Wilkes-Tucker/dp/1904587291/ref=whileseated" rel="nofollow">Rough Beauty</a><br /> Nathaniel Welch's <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Spring-Broke-Nathaniel-Welch/dp/1576872076/ref=whileseated" rel="nofollow">Spring Broke</a> A few (contemporary documentary) examples of squares:
Brian Finke’s 2-4-6-8
Dave Anderson’s Rough Beauty
Nathaniel Welch’s Spring Broke

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