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Greetings, fellow dingbats!  Glad to know I'm in good company!

So, my deal is I'm a photographer for one of New York's big newspapers, usually assigned to cover goings-on at the Manhattan courts, and chasing fire and crime on the streets.  The Manhattan Criminal Court building is a lovely piece of art deco architecture from 1940, and the nature of my work, which hasn't changed except for the technology, lends itself to showing up for work in a vintage sorta way.

A typical workday outfit...

...going after a none-too-happy-to-be-photographed defendant...

...one of these photographers doesn't belong...

...and sometimes the saddle shoes come out!

Looking forward to seeing what everyone else does!


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Apr. 10th, 2008 04:38 am (UTC)
...You're my new hero.

Apr. 10th, 2008 09:55 am (UTC)
So awesome!
Apr. 10th, 2008 06:09 pm (UTC)
Love it!
Apr. 10th, 2008 06:51 pm (UTC)
Apr. 10th, 2008 08:14 pm (UTC)
I think we can all agree that you, sir, are pretty much the best thing ever.

What sort of reaction do you get on the job?

Please keep posting!
Apr. 10th, 2008 10:43 pm (UTC)
Hardly the "best thing ever," ma'am, but thank you!!

The reaction on the job varies from "hey, it's Jimmy Olsen!" to "is he f'ing serious?" The one that puzzles me the most is "you look like a real news guy." Standing outside the courts last week, an entire busload of prisoners started yelling "it's Dick Tracy!!"

If nothing else, it's helpful when you're dealing with photographing criminals -- more often than not, they give an extra look my way before they cover their faces or duck their heads down.

Most importantly, though, it's great when dealing with the police and fire officials at news scenes. If you're covering a volatile situation and you're dressed no better than the people you're covering, at best you're more likely to be bodily chased away; at worst, you'll be mistaken for one of the participants in the event and swept up when arrests start happening. Dressed like this, though, I don't run into that problem. I often tell the cops "hey, they make you guys wear ties, so why shouldn't we?" It's a show of solidarity with them, when you're not afraid to get your suit a little dirty at a fire or at a crime scene.

Some of the old-timers tell me that my newspaper used to have an actual dress code for its photographers, that required a shirt and tie -- even for the guys working in the photo studio in the office. So, sometimes I say "they never rescinded the dress regulations of 1939, what else could I do?"

Still hoping to see more of what you all wear!!
Apr. 10th, 2008 11:51 pm (UTC)
That's cool :D I bet it confuses some people, causing a bit of a double take perhaps, wondering if you got sucked through time whilst actually reporting on another crime in the 1930's!
Apr. 11th, 2008 03:20 pm (UTC)
Quite dapper, sir!
May. 2nd, 2008 04:26 am (UTC)
I'm speechless. You ARE the best!
Oct. 21st, 2008 01:51 pm (UTC)
May. 24th, 2009 02:30 pm (UTC)
Well done! You certainly are a snappy dresser, sir! :)
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