January 30th, 2012.
I've always had a dream (not a big one or anything) that it would be *nice* to have some of the photos I take at premieres enlarged and signed by the stars I've photographed. And this was one of those premieres. But at the same time, I also know that whenever I need to compromise photography for autograph-y, it doesn't always work out.
Here's how it went down... in a weird wide-screen crop way I haven't done since "Avatar" back in 2009, and not since. I don't know why...
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But the downside of this accomplishment was one of "autograph etiquette" whereby I've learned that if the star has their own pen to sign with, it is not considered appropriate by her minders to offer her a different pen to sign with, even if silver works better on a black-dominated portrait than.... black does. Oh well.
So the bottom line is.... even if you bring your own pen, security will overrule your aesthetic choice if the star has their own. Which kind of sucks. Yes, I agree it probably aids the flow of rapid-fire autographing, but with some degree of justification, I think we're talking 'Teh Art' here. But, and I'd hate to generalise, security guards probably aren't hired for their artistic merits. Sure, outside of work they're probably all into wood carving and bonsai topiary.... but within it, they're not capable of making a "black on black no work" style decision.
Finally, on the off-chance that you're interested, I make it a policy not to interact with stars on red carpets (Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle aside, I try to keep a degree of candidness in my photos), however upon handing over the 18"x12" photo to have it signed, my interchange with Ms Witherspoon went:
RW : <Mid-Western US accent> Did you take this?
BT : <vaguely Australian accent> Yes
RW : It's very beautiful
BT : Thanks!
Is it enough to claim as a personal endorsement of my "entire celebrity photography archive"? Her lawyers would probably say *NO!* (curse those handsome devils!)
Still, until next time (when the camera will once again be the main focus!), it's another one for "My Archive Of Movie Premieres"
Until next time!
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