Without Posing and Artifice
March 19, 2008 1:26 PM   Subscribe

"Using information provided earlier about their weekly routine, the photographer will arrive on the scene, and unseen, take shots of the subject." This is what Izaz Rony of Methodizaz says he can do for you for several hundred bucks. Or, perhaps use this self-hired paparazzi service as a present for friends and family? "Without posing and artifice, the camera captures only the natural beauty of the person." Flash website [via]. posted by cashman (11 comments total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
Awesome. Is someone already doing Dial-a-Sex-Pest?
posted by Artw at 1:39 PM on March 19, 2008

Hey, natural beauty guy lives on my block, I see him on the street all the time.
posted by StickyCarpet at 1:40 PM on March 19, 2008

Hey, it's a clever idea and the guy will probably earn many clients through all the free publicity. My favorite shots of my favorite models (my family) are all candid.
posted by Mister_A at 1:44 PM on March 19, 2008

This is a wonderful idea.
posted by shakespeherian at 1:44 PM on March 19, 2008

Hmmm... I wonder if he'll expand his business to Amsterdam ?
posted by Rafaelloello at 1:53 PM on March 19, 2008

Huh, I really need this service... does he do video as well?
posted by porpoise at 2:12 PM on March 19, 2008

Right, so where do I sign up for the Members Only section? I am intrigued by ms 'shots'.
posted by UbuRoivas at 4:08 PM on March 19, 2008

Mr. Natural Beauty is cultivating some serious Isaac Asimov style. I like it.
posted by louche mustachio at 3:54 AM on March 20, 2008

So these crappy photos.... people are paying for them? Could be a fun exercise, shame they aren't any good.

Good candid shots are rarely anonymous. I think he's too far from the subject in most of these.
posted by butterstick at 5:32 AM on March 20, 2008

Natural beauty?

I share the photographer's distaste for posed photography, but I hardly see how these captures are any more authentic. You pose just the same for passers-by when you walk down the street, especially in an urban area... you tailor your appearance to send messages about desired proximity to others and the wish to be approached. Even while lost in thought out in public, one's appearance doesn't necessarily reveal more truth than goofy smiles and bunny ears.

I don't see this as a more sophisticated form of candid photography -- I think it's simply a more extreme, disconnected form of the posed shots we're used to seeing. That's not to say that a photographer out in public can't capture truth -- but I see those captures as more a result of instinct and chance than planned study.
posted by VulcanMike at 11:20 AM on March 20, 2008

I hardly see how these captures are any more authentic. You pose just the same for passers-by when you walk down the street,

But I'm better at posing for the street than I am for the camera, because I have vastly more practice with the former. So the chances of getting a nicely posed photo are probably higher :-)

In reality, it would become a game of paranoia... is he here? is he there? what about that parked car? Is he watching me RIGHT NOW? He'll totally be over there - that's where I would stake me out!
posted by -harlequin- at 3:58 PM on March 20, 2008

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