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Thursday, Oct 26, 2006 from Helena, Montana
Posted: Oct 26, 2006 | 367 words | 1 Comments
For well over a year I’ve been a faithful fan of the Gigapixel Project. To me this is one of the coolest photography projects I’ve ever seen. I’ve always been fascinated with huge prints, detail, and fine quality. So there I was in the Montana Capitol. While looking into the House of Representatives room there was this guy, setting up this huge tripod, using a scale and being very precise. Then it came out, this huge box of a device. The thought of the Gigapixel Project was already in my head. And it was him, Graham Flint! There he was setting up this 100-pound camera to take a picture.
What are the odds? In Helena, Montana? I’m traveling across the country, and at the right time, on the right day, in the right place, I come across one of my favorite photographers. I was jealous, I had goose bumps, I was nervous, and I was excited. It’s amazing how you can find yourself in the exact right place at the exact right time.
I was with Aric at the time who was giving me a tour of the Capitol. I was talking with the photographer and sadly there was a locked door with glass between him and I, which made it difficult for conversation. I wanted to hang out, I wanted to learn about the Thiscamera, I wanted to watch him do his magic. He has taken over 850 photos with this camera that is 1,000 megapixels (my camera is 8 megapixels). He spends about 150 days out of the year traveling, what are the odds that we run into each other? And these photos… they produce an image that can go on a billboard with the quality of a standard 4x6 photo.
Talk about a highlight. I just can’t believe the odds of running into this guy. I wish it could have been more and have a chance to talk with him and learn about more it face to face. However, a locked door for security got in the way of it. Anyways, here’s to inspiration, meeting people on the road, and running into things you never though you would.
Comment by Josh Grasso
From e.l, MI
Hey bugsy. Wow what are the odds that you run into Graham Flint. Thats pretty cool. I remember you showing me the photos, pretty groovy. Who knows maybe youll run into James Nachtwey :-p