Saturday, May 30, 2009
Shop It. Live It. Love It.
While T did some shopping at Hilldale, I amused myself by trying to capture some of the sense of unreality that always seems to set in there after dark. I was intrigued by the way the street lamp seemed to create a second moon over Macy's.
I was going to call it something like "Moon(s) Over Macy's." That was before the security guard drove up and asked me what I was doing. After our little conversation, "Terrorist Spy Photo?" seems more appropriate.
"What are you taking pictures of?" he asked. I considered saying something like "working on a photo essay about the shallow transience of our materialist values and the consumer culture they promote," but thought better of it. "I'm just shooting the buildings and the lights," I said. "Just passing time while I wait for my wife."
"Well, you do know that looks very suspicious, right?"
"Why? This is just an ordinary camera," I said, waving my camera at him nonsensically -- a Nikon D90 equipped with a Sigma 10-20mm zoom, the butterfly lens hood still on it from some afternoon shooting making it look even bulkier.
He sighed, shook his head, and slowly drove off. At least he didn't ask me to delete the pictures. But I always wonder what these guys are doing. Why would an actual evil-doer scope out the place with a big, bulky, highly visible SLR? Wouldn't a cell phone camera be more prudent, or even a small point and shoot if detail is needed?
It's probably more about keeping people focused on what they are supposed to be doing in a shopping mall. There seems to be only one legitimate purpose for being there -- and that's shop till you drop.
Of course, I should have known better. Hilldale's slogan on their website says "Shop It. Live It. Love It." It does not say "Photograph It."