I don’t believe I thought very much about it.
I was a nightside guy, shooting the stuff
That would make the morning edition.
With my Pentax Spotmatic (hot item then),
My screw-mount lenses,
A kick ass Honeywell Strobonar,
And enough Tri-X to get through it all.
I was also pretty much second-string,
Corralling the new officers at the Lodge. Smile!
The Theatre Guild in rehearsals. Hmm, theatre types.
Using my press card to get the access
To some VIP on parade at a dinner downtown.
Then rolling back to the paper to process the film
And print a contact sheet for the editor to look at.
Turn in my often accurate notes. Smile!
And then went home to my own camera:
My Nikkormat FT and, for a very brief time,
A Nikon rangefinder that I regret trading to this day.
I’d overcrank a couple of cans of Tri-X at the paper,
Roll in enough for at least 50 frames in each
And take them into the night to do my stuff:
Night work with a tripod and that Honeywell.
Long lenses down a dark, empty street:
Drama shadows and lots of grain.
I wish I had those negatives now. I really do.