I would make for a lousy member of the paparazzi. I wouldn’t recognize a star if he autographed my forehead. I don’t know the names of most musicians, couldn’t tell you who is on television and I rarely remember the names of actors in movies. I just don’t pay close attention to that sort of thing I guess.
My ignorance led me to the photograph above however. I was roaming the West Loop of Chicago looking for “stand-alone” photographs for a newspaper I work for when I spotted a film crew setting up at Emmit’s Irish Pub on Milwaukee Ave. I had no clue what they were filming but I knew it would work well for what I needed so I parked and walked over with my cameras.
I was immediately met by people asking who I was. I told them and politely explained that I wanted to make a photograph of them working to put in the paper. I guess you could call it luck, but one member of the crew remembered me from when I photographed another film crew I found working in Forest Park. (You can see my photos from that by clicking here.)
The crew member allowed me to stick around and before I knew it, I was having a discussion with a really nice fellow who was asking me about my cameras. We talked for a few minutes until the director yelled “Action!” That’s when I learned he was Michael Rapaport, one of the stars of the new CBS drama called “RTF” that was being filmed. Someone had to tell me his name, but I knew I recognized him. Still have no clue who the other guy is next to him here, but I also photographed a woman named Bridget Moynahan. I had to look her up on the Internet to figure that one out. Real pretty gal.
I didn’t want to be in the way of the production so I left after about 25 minutes. These workers on film crews are constantly pestered while they work and I didn’t want to be one of the people adding to that.
Anyway, I thought I would post a photograph here because I found Rapaport to be such a nice guy. I’m guessing he shoots photographs because he wanted to know about the gear I was shooting with. I’d be interested to see some of his photos.