To All The Ships At Sea,
I remember adults using phrases like “Wow, that guy has thin skin” or What a nasty son-of-a-bitch he is.” Keep in mind I was maybe 15 or 16 years old and that wasn’t exactly yesterday! Really never understood it!
My dear friend Peter Poremba from Dynalite, invited me to Jacob Javits Photo Show for a book signing and to promote my book. All in all it was very successful! During the time there, two students from Rutgers came over and wanted to buy a book but didn’t have the money. I talked to them for about 10 minutes. They said they would love me to autograph the books and they would pay me in a few weeks and I agreed. Towards the end of the day a young lady came by, picked up a book and said she’d like to buy this but also didn’t have the money. We talked for almost 25 minutes. She worked for UPS and she wanted to become a working photographer. It seems that she was caught between-a-rock-and-hard place. I gave her some serious ideas on how she could go to her boss at UPS and explain to them how she could incorporate photography into her lunch period and it would benefit UPS. With that, her mother and father showed up and I jokingly said why don’t you ask your parents for a $25 loan. They said they only had a credit card. She mentioned she often stops by Dynalite to talk to Peter about lighting and photography and the next time she stopped by she would drop off the money.
Well, Six months have gone by and yes, no one paid for the book. From my vantage point, the profit was not going to a new Porsche but to help fund my next documentary. So back to the clichés – “Nice Guys Finish Last!”
“Recalling His Adventures as a Working Photographer from the 60’s to present day. The book describes his career working for publications such as SPORTS ILLUSTRATED, TIME MAGAZINE, HBO, rapidly followed by a brilliant career in Corporate and Advertising. It’s also about how photography has evolved over the years.”