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...

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Nuts and Bolts


Cops, firefighters...hell, even mailmen have plenty of figurines etched in their likeliness. But TV News photographers? Not so much. Perhaps it's our portly profiles, or sordid contortionism or less than noble motives... Whatever it is, something is preventing your local Hallmark shopp from stocking up on tiny dioramas featuring the many adventures of Cecil the Intrepid Cameraman. Yes, if you're a photog looking for a pocket-sized doppelganger, I damn sure hope you like Legos. I sure do, but every once in a while I'd like my effigy with a little less square-face...

Which is why I kinda came unglued the other day when I walked by Weaver's desk (Yes, Weaver and I both have desks in the newsroom) the other day to find a most clever conglomeration of nuts and bolts posing as a neighborhood news crew. In a flash, I grabbed a still camera and framed the metallic 'talent' out of the shot, capturing instead the fierce concentration on the shooter's face. But then Weave got all grabby and the kind of tug of war that would embarrass nine out of ten grown men quickly ensued. I don't want to disclose who won, but let's just say there's a certain Emmy award winning photog who's not above kicking his bestest work buddy in the spleen -- even when said pal is tucked into a fetal position clutching a occupational tool sculpture...

I just wish he hadn't tased me.

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UPDATE! As requested, a wider shot of said sculpture...


Anybody know where I can get one?

8 comments:

Amanda said...

Stew, you do know that miniature photogs exist that are the same scale as those infamous matchbox live trucks that sometimes grace my bored staged shots? (look up Preiser 28086)

Miami Fan said...

Please Amanda!
I looked it up and what photog would run around in a PINK SHIRT! LOL

Miami Fan said...

Here's a much more manly version!

http://mfpilot.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=21_24&products_id=353

The thought of a pink shirt still makes me queazy!

Amanda said...

@Miami Fan, dude, its called a paintbrush and a steady hand to change the pink for something a little more reasonable.

Andrew said...

Can you please post a full picture of the metal figure. I would love to make one myself.
Thanks,
- Andrew

Anonymous said...

What kind of photog has a desk??? The only desk a photog should have is the passenger seat of a news unit. I like to use the back seat as well. Sometimes I have to clean the desk off for an overpriced mic stand to sit. My in box is the front floorboard and the out box is the back floorboard. I just chuck the out box papers over my shoulder and see where they land. My internet is on the blackberry and my phone is a cell phone. Real photog are always out on the streets looking for the next weather shot.

Colonal You Know Who

Amanda said...

If the sculpture is from the German company I'm thinking of, they also make a stand-alone photog too...looking online, yep it is...

Wes Barrett said...

They have these in the gift shop at the Newseum in Washington.