A friend laughed at this image and said, "I hope you knew her." Nope. I said, "it seems to be the way of the world these days. You can't have a professional camera out in public without someone wanting to photobomb you!" That conversation inspired me to start this series of blog posts.
I'd vote for narcissistic over drunk or just plain dumb in this case. . .
Makes me thankful for digital technology. Back in the days of film, I would only shoot a few frames of a composition, now I have the luxury of capturing 5-10 images of a scene to make sure I get the shot. But there is a cost to shooting more, edit time increases and extra memory cards need to be on hand.
The bottom line is, it's hard work to capture the shot, to nail the timing and the composition, to capture the 'decisive moment' as Cartier-Bresson noted, "photography is the simultaneous recognition, in a fraction of a second, of the significance of an event as well as of a precise organization of forms which give that event its proper expression." Maybe the proper expression of modern events is this desire to be noticed?
But what about the bomb in the photo below? What did he wish to express? Why did he want to ruin my photo? Sure, it's only a room shot but still! I didn't even notice his gesture until I was editing the job on my computer. I fluctuate between laughing at the guys audacity and being completely annoyed to curious as to what was he thinking?
Microsoft, CIO Summit
I know of no other profession where people, the general public, kids and adults alike, get a kick out of disturbing the efforts of a professional at work. You wouldn't hide your dentist's instruments or switch the shampoo and conditioner at your hair dressers, would you?
ps now this is Funny! (shot in this order. . . )