Bob's vocation is real estate — he's a Director at the premiere boutique agency in Venice CA, Bulldog Realtors where he uses his photographic expertise to capture and communicate the appeal and features of his clients' listed properties to the buying market.
Fortunately real estate allows some cool scheduling flexibility and Bob uses that to his creative advantage by spending his off-time out photographing the world around him and, as often as possible, shooting in Paris, France! It's a "thing" for Bob and his wife, Debbie — Paris just resonates with them and is a constant source of inspiration for their lives.
Bob and Debbie live in Santa Monica CA at the eastern edge of the Pacific Ocean where the awesome sea & sky views mean there's a camera at the ready at all times!!
7-minute long interview video with Bob Friday, produced by Bulldog Realtors, features Bob's approach to shooting in an iconic place like Paris, his thoughts on sharing his images at Le Pop-Up gallery in the "73 Days in Paris" exhibition and some perspective on the role of arts & artists in our culture.
Watch the video . . .
Watch the video . . .
A couple years ago I saw some reviews for the Fuji x100s, a fixed-lens, retro-looking mirrorless — and lighter! — beauty of a camera. Ad photographer Zach Arias described it as having "soul!" I took a leap and, over a three-week holiday trip to Munich and Paris, I took my newly acquired x100s black body Fuji with me — and no other gear at all!! Came home with the best images of my life!!! Done!
I sold off most of my Nikon system — with the exception of one body (an old film SLR) and a few lenses that I still enjoyed — and embarked on a love affair with this little beast of a camera that persists, even stronger, today albeit with the addition of the bigger brother x-Pro2 and its truly beautiful interchangeable lenses.
I love the sensor in these cameras, especially how they capture subtleties of light in reflections off wet pavements and surf & sand. I love the color renditions that Fuji gets so right. And I love the ease of use of the many valuable features that Fuji manages to cram into these small, strong, solid, sophisticated bodies. And yes, they have soul! I'm hooked!