The only sober person in the room.

Discussion in 'Casual Photo Conversations' started by sanford, Jan 12, 2017.

  1. Have you ever found yourself photographing an event where everybody in the place is inebriated but you? Great way to observe human nature. This may be one reason to consider a environmentally sealed camera.
     
  2. This may be one reason to consider a environmentally sealed camera.​
    This is both wry and disgusting. Bravo. :)
     
  3. I was think more along the lines of spilled food and wine but I see your point.
     
  4. I'm going to a work party on Saturday. I do not drink and about 8PM my co-workers that I respect will be loud obnoxious and drunk. They will say stuff they would never have said and they will be touchy fee-lie. I will sneak out the door shortly after it gets uncomfortable for me.
    My friend is going to be in the band and I was going to take a couple shots of his band using HP5 pushing to 1600. No flash.
     
  5. Since I don't drink, I'm often in that situation. I don't think it's a great way to observe human nature any more than is going
    to church or going to a park on a sunny afternoon. It's a great way to observe drunk people. Maybe not even so. Because
    when I'm there to photograph, I'm observing in a different way than were I casually interacting with them. While I might be
    completely turned off if I were just another casual guest, I might be completely turned on as a photographer with lots of
    possibilities for odd or exaggerated or uninhibited expressions and behaviors. Or, while drunkenness might not bother me
    at all casually speaking, it might bother me as a photographer if people were putting my equipment at risk by being sloppy
    and uncareful.
     
  6. I love photographing drunk people. They're much less self conscious, and they generally don't care what I'm doing (as long as I'm not a buzzkill).
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  7. Gup

    Gup Gup

    If drinks are involved my bag stays in the car.
    My Queen has a P&S in her purse for those situations (and my keys, usually).
     
  8. If you are shooting a wedding reception, you are invisible. Being professional means losing self conscious and getting the job done. You are wise to not accept a drink nor even eat. Useful to have bagels to nosh on. There are many bagel friendly camera bags. As for water resistant cameras, the part I like best Sanford is the idea that at least the lenses may be more likely to resist fungus as well as shake off a splash of Michelob. I, like Mike, can warm up to those with a little buzz on. Drunk is another story, like as in what we used to call ''knee walking drunk." Yes, people's interpersonal dome narrows when they drink. It is a good chance to do psych study, I agree. Secret of people photography by the way is to learn to loosen up a subject without benefit of ethyl alochol, right?
     
  9. To wit--
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  10. I'm vaguely reminded of an occasion long ago when some friends (and I - it was indeed long ago) were about to indulge in some drinking and carousing, when another who carried a Leica stopped and went to put on a filter, explaining "I'd better put on the barf guard."
     
  11. Gup

    Gup Gup

    Matthew, that comment would fit perfectly in another thread I'm following:
    http://www.photo.net/filters-bags-tripods-accessories-forum/00eJaT
     
  12. Now that I think of it, almost all of the shots I took of non sober people were more like snapshots that I decided later were not worth keeping. And when the subjects did see them it was always the same old tired line "boy wasn't that a great time"
     

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