Truck and Flowers, Black Mountain, NC - 2013
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I've written about "those looks" several time before. It's the looks you get when people see you pointing your camera at something, and they can't figure out why. Or they see you with your camera in an unusual position, or in an unusual place, and they can't figure out why. It's the "Has he lost his mind?" kind of look. If you're going to be an avid photographer, you better get used to "those looks".
I found this old truck in a vacant lot in downtown Black Mountain, and being a lover of anything old, especially vehicles, I began to circle it, looking for interesting angles and views with my camera. Almost immediately I saw in my peripheral vision a woman giving me "that look". I turned toward her for a moment and saw the expression of bewilderment on her face. I smiled briefly, and turned back to my truck to continue exploring. Let her wonder.
As I completed my circle of the truck, ending up back closer to the sidewalk and the front end of the truck, I perceived that I was being watched again, this time by an older couple. I didn't look at them this time, but just kept shooting. Then, to my surprise, I heard the man say to his wife, "That's going to be a good picture!" If you keep shooting long enough, occasionally you'll run into someone who gets it.