Editors Note:


EDITOR'S NOTE: Fresh off a three year managerial stint, your friendly neighborhood lenslinger is back on the street and under heavy deadline. As the numbing effects of his self-imposed containment wear off, vexing reflections and pithy epistles are sure to follow...

Sunday, June 25, 2006

"Things get serious when you touch me."


... Those words of wisdom from WRAL's Richard Adkins, who - like myself - has documented more than his allotment of drunken revelry. Sports celebrations, raucous concerts, street parties - all can be perilous for those of us with viewfinders stuck to our faces. It's a lesson I learned early in my career when I wormed my way to the edge of the stage at a Beach Music Festival and found myself doused in love, affection and lukewarm Budweiser. Now, as a public service , Adkins lays down soe ground rules all those locked in bacchanalian frenzy while seeking face-time:
"You’re welcome to jump up and down, scream, cheer and make a fool of yourself in front of my lens, in fact, that’s your role in this. But don’t touch me, grab me, grab the camera or pour beer on me. None of that is going to get you on TV, and it might cause me to introduce you to my friend 'The Flying Elbow'".
Is it any wonder we photogs keep our other eye open?...

3 comments:

Rad said...

Thanks for the quote man. I have some great video I don't want to put on the web of our sports anchor shoving a fan who tried to reach out and touch the female anchor!.

newshutr said...

I've elbowed a guy or two who grabbed my camera in a drunken outburst but only in the stomach. If their grabbing was done in a fit of malice, I think I'd either aim higher for their nose or go with a knee to the groin.

Misplaced Southerner said...

Love the quote, nothing worse than getting the viewfinder smashed against your face because the subject was too into being an idiot. I agree with newshutr,...nose or groin