A Smile and a Please Open More Doors Than All the Keys to the World

7

A smile and a please open more doors than all the keys to the world and let you to take nice pictures, as well.

The world famous photographer Robert Capa said, “If your pictures are not good enough, you are not close enough.” I admit this might be true, but I humbly add, if you could not get that picture it is because surely it was not accompanied by a smile and a please! So, my lomotip for your analogue life is so simple: always carry your camera with a smile and one please, before you start shooting.

If you are a Lomographer, you have already felt that the unique charm of your Lomography Camera opens many doors, but sometimes it happens that in some places it is simply forbidden to take pictures or the person you want to shoot is completely unwilling. All this could change dramatically if you use my lomotip, Do you need evidence? Read this story…

While in Barcelona with my girlfriend, walking around the Born (small village in the city) , in a charming street, very close to the old Lomography shop, there is a “modern laundry”, which is a very interesting place to shoot. When we saw it, we didn’t hesitate to enter with all our cameras, but we never noted the sign stuck on the store window that read “forbidden to take pictures.”

This laundry is one of those almost extinct wonderful places where time seems to stay still, everything is the same since the day its current owner bought it over 50 years ago. After the surprise effect, we felt the gaze of the lady inquiring about our cameras, but a quick smile and a please immediately did the job, leaving us to take as many photos as we wanted. Interestingly, minutes later, the owner’s son entered the store, pretty upset, and told us in a threatening tone, “can’t you read? It is forbidden to take pictures!” and pointed at the sign, to which his mother said, “Let them! I have given them permission”. Her son grumbled, turned away and got lost in a ridge of white sheets.

Later she explained that they are a bit fed up with the number of photographers who enter to the store to take pictures without even saying good morning, hello, or please. They just stand there, with their stuff, and that is kind of rude, because as she said this their home.

We left the store with a happy feeling , and one other tip for stain removal, but that I save for my laundry time!

I hope this will be useful a lomotip, and you enjoy the pictures.

written by horaciorv on 2011-05-25 in #lifestyle #analogico #lomografia #sonrisa #barcelona #tiempo #robert-capa #lomo #turismo #lavanderia #mancha #born #lomotip #casa #moderna #reloj #sabanas #por-favor
translated by horaciorv

7 Comments

  1. nfxfsx
    nfxfsx ·

    Great photos.

  2. panelomo
    panelomo ·

    love ur black and whites - good stuff!

  3. wuxiong
    wuxiong ·

    “有礼走遍天下”(you li zou bian tian xia ) , This is an old Chinese saying, something like: Be polite and you are able to go anywhere without much trouble..... Love your B/W shots. <:)

  4. fafascinado
    fafascinado ·

    yo paso por delante cada vez que voy a la tienda lomo de barcelona! jeje
    que gracia me ha hecho! :)
    Imagino que le debe pasar lo mismo con todos los lomógrafos que vamos por allí, por eso habrán puesto el cartelito. Pero como dices, con un por favor y una sonrisa se puede ir a (casi) cualquier lado :)

  5. susielomovitz
    susielomovitz ·

    i love this article and these amazing photos! that was a great lomo-expirience.

  6. dooby
    dooby ·

    manners cost nothing but a little effort :o) great article

  7. gelibee
    gelibee ·

    Agree with @dooby! Beautiful article and photos!

More Interesting Articles

  • The Lomo LC-A+ Goes To Hong Kong

    written by candilsw on 2015-04-06 in #world #locations
    The Lomo LC-A+ Goes To Hong Kong

    The Lomo LC-A+ is always the best companion for traveling and wandering around. Hong Kong lies on the southern coast of China and is well known as a metropolitan city and where the Eastern and Western cultures meet and mix. Let the LC-A+ take you around and feel the hustle and bustle of one of the world's busiest cities!

    3
  • Photo Stories: Old School... No School Anymore by srcardoso

    written by Julien Matabuena on 2015-07-05 in #world #locations
    Photo Stories: Old School... No School Anymore by srcardoso

    Soon, a school more than a century old in Switzerland will be closing its doors and transformed to house offices. Taking on the important task of documenting its hallowed halls is srcardoso, who made use of film as a way of honoring it.

    2
  • Made in Heights: Diving into the Divine

    written by mindofmyra on 2015-03-19 in #world #lifestyle
    Made in Heights: Diving into the Divine

    Many listless nights are put to ease with the ethereal epigrams of Made in Heights, which beckons you to walk through the door of an alternate reality. Alexei Saba Mohajerjasbi captures the unifying pulse of the world, as Kelsey Bulkin knits a blanket of lullabies to snuggle up on. Together, they welcome you into the Heights with open, outstretched arms.

    3
  • Shop News

    Start to Get Wide with Horizon Kompakt

    Start to Get Wide with Horizon Kompakt

    Prepare your overwhelming panoramic views and capture them with this ultra-wide panoramic 35mm gear. Start sharing your great memories with family and friends the analog way!

  • 10 Steps to Better Photography with the Fisheye Cameras

    written by Julien Matabuena on 2015-07-06 in #gear #tipster
    10 Steps to Better Photography with the Fisheye Cameras

    The Fisheye cameras One and No. 2 are definitely more than your average point-and-shoot cameras. How so? Well, we'll let these tips and tricks do all the talking.

  • A Collection Of Awesome Konstruktor Snapshots

    written by shhquiet on 2015-04-10 in #gear #lifestyle
    A Collection Of Awesome Konstruktor Snapshots

    There's nothing more satisfying than taking fantastic photos with a camera that you built yourself. If you've always wanted to impress your friends with your mad DIY skills, pick up a Konstruktor Camera Kit and show them what you've got! It's also a cool way to get them into Lomography, because as you build the camera you'll discover how analogue photography works. Oh, and the Konstruktor takes gorgeous photos, too - check out the gallery and see what we mean!

    6
  • Nishe: Exploring Emotions Through Photography

    written by Julien Matabuena on 2015-02-20 in #people #lifestyle
    Nishe: Exploring Emotions Through Photography

    There's a certain air of sadness in Nishe's portraits. More often than not, the faces of her subjects are either partially or completely hidden. Sad, yes, but undeniably beautiful. Melancholia, as well as loss of innocence and the pains of growing up, are recurring themes in the photographer's body of work and she presents all these quite gracefully.

    5
  • Shop News

    Immortalize your best shot on Aluminium!

    Immortalize your best shot on Aluminium!

    Carefully enlarged from your negatives onto premium photographic paper by lab professionals, each picture is a unique piece of craftsmanship.

  • Light is Magical: A Talk With Li Hui

    written by jennifer_pos on 2015-04-10 in #people #news #lifestyle
    Light is Magical: A Talk With Li Hui

    Photography is not only an act of documentation or communication, it is also a way of seeing the world. The camera opens our eyes and lets us see what lies behind the obvious, and we start looking at things as potential subjects of a photograph. Every leak of light unveils secrets that talented photographers turn into a piece of art. Li Hui is one of those gifted artists. We talked to her about her work and her sensitive photographs that picture a wonderful vulnerability.

    9
  • Germany in Analog - Show fotoforum and Lomography your Hometown on Film

    written by zonderbar on 2015-12-18 in #world #competitions
    Germany in Analog - Show fotoforum and Lomography your Hometown on Film

    North or South, East or West - in every corner of Germany you can find analog photography lovers. Lomography brings them together and shows their pictures to a worldwide community. With this rumble we want to get to know you a little better. Show Lomography and fotoforum where you come from, capture your hometown on film and win a one-year subscription of fotoforum magazine as well as a Lomo LC-A 120 camera. Please note: This competition is only for users from Germany, Austria or Switzerland.

  • Photo Stories: Peeping Life by madedwicahyana

    written by Julien Matabuena on 2015-06-30 in #world #lifestyle
    Photo Stories: Peeping Life by madedwicahyana

    More than just looking at people from different walks of life and cultural backgrounds, madedwicahyana takes the time to observe and attempt to picture life from their individual perspectives.

    7
  • Shop News

    Explore the New Jupiter 3+

    Explore the New Jupiter 3+

    A resurrection from the zenith of Russian premium optics, get the same elegance and classic compact design as its predecessor. — available in small quantities on a first-come, first-served basis.

  • A Secret of the Cosmos: Launching the Newest Lomography Product

    written by Lomography on 2016-01-19 in #gear #news
    A Secret of the Cosmos: Launching the Newest Lomography Product

    Shh! We've got a secret matter at hand, and it's coming at you at the speed of light! We're being as mysterious as the Cosmos about our new out-of-this world product, constantly orbiting around our big reveal. But the eclipse will pass and soon the stars will align. Until then, there must be some questions floating around in the universe, right? Well, there's no need to look to the stars to find your answer! Stay on Lomography's wavelength as we kick into hyperdrive. Let your imagination skyrocket and see if you can decipher our otherworldly clues!

    19
  • Black and White Photography: The Forms of the World

    written by lomographymagazine on 2016-01-19 in #world #lifestyle
    Black and White Photography: The Forms of the World

    Colors may be amped to look unreal, like nothing of this world. Shots may be doubled, cross-processed, post-processed, mixed up into collages. The possibilities are infinite, yet some photographers still prefer black and white. Even in 2016, it is an ode to classic values of precision and balance. Light and shadow must be one pleasing dance. And just like in a well-choreographed piece, forms are obvious or playing coy. It all depends on how you're looking.

  • Tickets to US Edition of Paris Photo Out Now

    written by lomographymagazine on 2015-04-18 in #world #news #lifestyle
    Tickets to US Edition of Paris Photo Out Now

    Let's go to Paris—in Los Angeles. The crème de la crème of the photography world will gather from May 1 to 3 in Paramount Pictures Studio, and you are invited to meet them.