Projectionist-Spotting


You know how I’m constantly saying that you should always have a camera with you? Well, after you go out a few times without one and develop your “sight” a little. But after that, I’m always drilling in the point that you should never leave home without a camera. You never know what will pass in front of you.

Last weekend my family went to the same shopping area as the night before Christmas last year to take in the assorted Santas, Christmas trees, and decorations. Amongst the merry-making and Chrismassery I happened across this man doing his job, a job I haven’t seen performed since I worked as an usher at a movie theater some 20-plus years ago.

A projectionist preparing an old,beat-up film projector for use. Apparently, once the sun went down he was going to do an outdoor showing of some older public-domain Christmas cartoons. He was even rocking 2 projectors side-by-side adjusted for parallax so that he could switch spools and keep the experience seamless for the audience. He was a real pro and the texture that time had written into his “ancient” machines was amazing.

I’ll post the remainder of photos from the day out this coming Streets Saturday per usual.


About Brian Webb

Brian Q. Webb is a photography enthusiast from Los Angeles, California who spends most of his time in Taipei, Taiwan. He is especially interested in street photography as well as large format portraiture and pinhole photography. He also likes to shoot lifestyle portraiture and occasionally acts as an agent for foreign newspapers wanting event coverage in Taipei. He was also on the staff of deviantArt and is co-founder of PhotoMalaysia, the largest photography community in that country.