Last weekend Paris Photo made it's third appearance at Paramount Studios here in Los Angeles. I can't get enough of this venue. And I can't get enough of the people who attend this show. I think it's safe to say I enjoy the people watching a tad more than the show itself. But we'll just keep that between you and I.
Because this is a photography show, I left my big camera at home. I didn't want to be "that guy." And it was a good opportunity to see what my iPhone 6+ was made of. I always have the iPhone camera set to shoot in square format for Instagram. I only post iPhone shots there. Yep, I'm a purist and for me Instagram is all about the "Insta."
One of my favorite exhibits was CALIFORNIA UNEDITED! an exceptional collection of photography from late 19th century California. These rarely-seen glass plate photographs depict the community of San Luis Obispo through the eyes of one photographer, Richard J. Arnold. Shortly after I entered the exhibit I noticed a woman walk in. Every head turned. She was not only beautiful, but angelic. I immediately knew I should photograph her. The way she approached and enjoyed the exhibit was mesmerizing.
I couldn't have styled this any better if it were a planned shoot. The dress? The hat? The gloves? The delicate magnifier necklace? I was totally captivated by The Woman In White. I honestly don't know if she knew what I was up to, but as you can see, I did get very close to her. If she noticed, she didn't seem to mind. I spoke to her as she was leaving and told her how beautiful she looked that day. I was rewarded with the sweetest smile. Kicking myself for not asking her name. i would love to know her story.