Simon Griffee Design Photography Writing Illustration

June 2010

Two Good Customer Service Experiences: Leica & Ricoh

Published 2010 June 30

  1. Out-of-warranty Leica M8 shutter broke during travels in Thailand. Sent it to Leica, where it was quickly repaired, cleaned, adjusted and sent back to me with a new one-year warranty for a reasonable price. A new protective film for the LCD and a lens cleaning cloth were also in the package. Excellent.
  2. Under-warranty Ricoh GRD III panel peeled off and two buttons stopped working during travels in Thailand and Vietnam. The camera continued to work with less functionality and no way to quickly set snap focus. Sent it to Ricoh where it was completely repaired and refurbished and sent back to me for free. A new protective film for the LCD was already applied to the camera. Excellent.

Via della Pace, Rome, Italy, May 2010

Published 2010 June 30

Via Marmorata, Rome, Italy, May 2010

Published 2010 June 30

Beneath MV Cait, Near Ko Kradan, Andaman Sea, March 2010

Published 2010 June 28

Parco del Celio, Rome, Italy, June 2010

Published 2010 June 28

Near Piazza Albania, Rome, Italy, November 2009

Published 2010 June 27

Donnie and Friends, Rome, Italy, December 2009

Published 2010 June 25

New Years Eve…

Terminal B, Fiumicino, Italy, November 2009

Published 2010 June 25

Bar, Rome, Italy, May 2010

Published 2010 June 24

Bar-front in Campo dei Fiore, Rome, Italy, May 2010

Published 2010 June 23

Via dei Vascellari, Rome, Italy, June 2010

Published 2010 June 22

Corso Vittorio Emanuele II, Rome, Italy, May 2010

Published 2010 June 21

Dogs by Castel Sant’Angelo, Rome, Italy, May 2010

Published 2010 June 21

Kids by Colosseo, Rome, Italy, June 2010

Published 2010 June 21

Soccer Field From Train, Rome, Italy, September 2008

Published 2010 June 20

Boy and Girl by Colosseo, Rome, Italy, May 2010

Published 2010 June 19

From Bus Over Ponte Cavour, Rome, Italy, May 2010

Published 2010 June 19

Steps of Il Vittoriano, Rome, Italy, June 2010

Published 2010 June 18

Men in Piazza del Campidoglio, Rome, Italy, June 2010

Published 2010 June 17

Piazza Venezia Crossing, Rome, Italy, June 2010

Published 2010 June 17

Traffic Policeman by Palazzo del Laterano, Rome, Italy, June 2010

Published 2010 June 17

Via dei Fori Imperiali, Rome, Italy, June 2010

Published 2010 June 17

Galeria Alberto Sordi, Rome, Italy, June 2010

Published 2010 June 16

Boys in Via della Domus Aurea, Rome, Italy, June 2010

Published 2010 June 15

Stop Thinking and Begin To Feel

Published 2010 June 15

‘Something that Frank told me about Nikos - he was a law student in Greece headed for a lucrative career when a wave of numbness overcomes him in a classroom. He rises from his desk, walks out the door, and leaves jurisprudence forever for the precarious existence of a wandering photographer. “I wanted to stop thinking and begin to feel,” he said.’

A comment in Lens Blog about Nikos Economopoulos

Amber in Formello, Formello, Italy, April 2009

Published 2010 June 14

Girl and Boy, Bracciano, Italy, August 2008

Published 2010 June 12

The Very Act of Seeing

Published 2010 June 12

“Photography is at its best when it deals with the very act of seeing in itself and not with recollections in tranquility or dilettantism of design.”

“Most of us come at the world with a set of preconceived notions. whether from church, school, past experience (and neuroses.), or the media. These constitute a mental set, a Weltanschauung which explains-and sometimes explains away-reality. But reality comes without adjectives, it just is. The photographer’s problem is to come to see the real world as It really is, like the boy hero of ”The Emperor’s New Clothes.” In some ways, all photographers must become cavemen. Or aliens. Or children.”

“Writing about a visual medium tends to make the simple complex. If you want to make photographs, all you do is point the camera at whatever you wish, click the shutter whenever you want. If you want to judge a good photograph, ask yourself: Is life Iike that? The answer must be yes and no, but mostly yes.”

Charles Harbutt

Piazza Venezia, Rome, Italy, May 2010

Published 2010 June 3

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