Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Pawn Shops + 99 cent stores

Spent yesterday driving around for Pawn Shops and 99 Cent stores to shoot. I thought it would be interesting to see what kinds of things people are selling right now. The first shop I went in was pretty cool looking, but the owner was totally perplexed and kind of freaked out by what I was doing. Why would anyone want to take pictures of crap in a pawn shop? His answer was a flat no. When I asked him why not, he just looked at me until I left. Another shop was corporate, and I met with the regional manager who was super cool, but also said no way.

Then I went to another shop and didn't really like the way it looked, so I didn't even talk to the owner. But on the way back to my car I saw this:

...so I stopped to take a shot of it. It was kind of a dicey hood, and I was standing in the street. I heard a car behind me so I turned around to see a red Escalade with huge rims stop about 30 feet away. The guy in the drivers seat pointed a little red digital camera at me and took my picture. I felt like I was in an episode of The Wire. After my little photo shoot with Stringer Bell, I decided to take off.

2 comments:

Rob Prideaux said...

Nice one. I love the story as well. I was actually tensed up when you mentioned he was pointing something at you.

jimgolden said...

hey at least it wasn't snoop or chris....