Curious Comments on my Photography.

I avoid shrouding my work in mystery and I’ve happily discussed my technique, tools and materials with anyone who asks. This can lead to some interesting conversations, but also some peculiar observations.

Over the years, various people have offered  curious comments on my photography (not including the written comments that appear in response to Tracking the Light). Below are some of the most memorable:

1) Commenter, “I like your slides, what sort of film do you use to make the photos?”

Me, “Kodachrome 25”.

Commenter, “Kodachrome 25! Isn’t that too slow?!”


2) Commenter, “That’s a beautiful scene but I didn’t think it would make a good photograph.”


3) Commenter, “Here’s a tip for you son, your photos are too head on, I couldn’t read the words on the side of the trains.”


4) Commenter, “I like your photo of the sunset, if I want to make a photo like that, which filter should I use?”

Me, “I don’t know, I didn’t use a filter.”

Commenter, “Yes, but if I was to used a filter, which one should I use?”


5) Commenter (via a 3rd party), “I don’t like Brian Solomon’s photography, it shows too many trees!”


6) Commenter, “You shouldn’t be making photos at night, it’s a waste of film!”


7) Commenter, “You still use film?!!”


8) Commenter, “So how are you adjusting from the transition to digital?”

Me, “I still haven’t adjusted from the transition to color.”


9) Commenter in regards to my Lumix LX3, “I can’t believe that YOU use THAT!”


10) Commenter in regards to a photo of Amtrak’s Lake Shore Limited in the Berkshires, “That’s a beautiful photograph, pity about the train.”

I made this image of a Southern Pacific eastward intermodal freight from the Book Cliffs in Utah near Floy back in 1996 when I was Editor of Pacific RailNews. At the time I worked with Nikons and exposed this view on Fujichrome. You can see a row of trees way in the distance along the Green River.

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6 comments on “Curious Comments on my Photography.

  1. Bill Strassner on said:

    I hope you suffer no offense from clowns, but these are entertaining !

  2. Michael Walsh on said:

    I had a comment about an aerial view – “was it not upside down” – but an aerial view can, by its nature. be viewed from any angle of 360 and all views are equally valid.

  3. Dan Smith on said:

    4 and 8 are classics, 10 is sacrilegious!

  4. Shame about all those composition elements cluttering up what could have been a rolling roster shot of the lead locomotive of every train you’ve ever seen.

  5. Anonymous on said:

    Nice picture of a train, too bad about the desert

  6. jim fay on said:

    These are hilarious. I hope you have more. Son.

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