July 13, 2010

how it's done in Chinatown

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photo by Donald Kinney

Well, this isn't Safeway or Piggly-Wiggly Market -- it's San Francisco's Chinatown, and this is how they make the deliveries. One side of pork on one shoulder and another side of pork on the other.   Oink, oink...

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photo by Donald Kinney

There are two You's Dim Sums in Chinatown and they employ the most beautiful ladies -- but just TRY to get a photo of one of them. Oh horrors -- you'd think I was stealing their soul or something.

I think this lady is a manager -- she is a bit older but no less vigilant. If she catches someone like me trying to snatch a photo all hell is going to break loose -- arms will flail and words will be hollered, the exact meaning will be lost in translation but the general impression will be; "NO PHOTOS".

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photo by Donald Kinney

I do my Chinatown walk-arounds very early in the morning and this fellow seemed to be still half-asleep. He looked right at me as I was snapping another photo, yet sat motionless and passive. He didn't seem to care if I was snapping a photo of him and his shop. Evidently he hasn't read the chapter on how to deal with photographers in the Chinatown Field Manual.

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photo by Donald Kinney

I pass Nora's Temple all the time but I never see anyone going in or out. At this point it's a bit of a mystery. Maybe I should just bang on the door and ask if I can come in and shoot some photos???
Oh, maybe not, but I bet there's a whole different world inside.

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Unknown said...

oooh, first picture is soo disturbing :S
But yeah thats how its done.. :P

photowannabe said...

Fascinating Don. Glad you still are stealthy and get some terrific shots. I wonder what Nora's Temple is too.

julie said...

Wow, you got the famous pork shot! That's a coveted one and I've heard stories of photographers getting yelled at by the shopkeepers.

BTW, the friendliest temple is the Mat-Su temple on Beckett. You can go in there and take as many photos as you like.

AphotoAday said...

THANKS AS USUAL, MULLEH AND PHOTOWANABE SUE -- AND OH MY GOSH, HELLO JULIE! -- Thanks Julie for the info on the Mat-Su temple on Beckett -- I'll definitely check that out some day...

But WOW -- a comment from Julie Michelle -- this really makes my day!!! Every once in a while I wonder if Julie is reading my blog -- but when she leaves a comment it is really something special!!!

And Julie is pretty special too -- one time I crowned her the next Annie Leibowitz, but shortly thereafter I realized that that accolade fell short of her true abilities...

Don't know of Julie Michelle? -- well just click on I LIVE HERE, SF, in my sidebar... She also does JULIE LIVES HERE, and is one of the key members of the CaliberSF group... I've had a mad crush on her since August 29, 2009 when I met her at her show at "Tedda Hughes", a botique and gallery on Polk Street... I have ten of her cards that I treasure and some day I hope to have some of her larger prints...

Oh, the crush thing? -- well, she has a boyfriend -- dammit -- but I wish them both all the best!!! Julie is something else!!!

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