Breaking Rules


There aren’t many artists, musicians, or sports figures that I would honestly care to meet and NO political figures at all (swarmy bastards!) I always fear that they would be total assholes and ruin any fondness I ever had for their art or abilities. Why ruin it?

The photographer (and painter) Saul Leiter would be an exception to this rule.

There aren’t many movies out these days that I care to watch. I definitely no longer enjoy the movie theatre experience and aside from the occasional low brow, mindless, goof-ball movie (Anchorman, Fired Up, Dodgegall, etc.,) or documentary I don’t care to watch too many at home either.

I would make an exception to both of my movie “rules” to see the documentary In No Great Hurry: 13 Lessons in Life With Saul Leiter. Whether at home or in a theatre.

To be honest, I didn’t know all that much about Saul Leiter until 2 days ago when I saw a feature about him and the movie Tomas Leach made about him on a blog (link below). But as soon as he started talking and I started seeing his work, I thought “THIS is a guy that I would like to meet or at least sit and have a few beers (or cups of coffee) with.”

In order to build a career and to be successful, one has to be determined. One has to be ambitious. I much prefer to drink coffee, listen to music and to paint when I feel like it. – Saul Leiter

While his photography and very early use of color is amazing, it is more his cantankerous spirit and his want to avoid the seriousness of life that draws me in.

If I didn’t do anything more than my little book, wouldn’t that have been enough? – Saul Leiter

I like that last quote, makes me think of some of the things I have done in past. They made me happy and made a few folks happy (briefly). Isn’t that enough?

I could gush on, but I wont. I am already pushing this “bike blog” in enough non-bike directions. I am looking forward to seeing the film in the future and to checking out more of Leiter’s photography.

Film website: In No Great Hurry: 13 Lessons in Life With Saul Leiter.
2012 video speaking engagement: Video by White Tube on Vimeo.
Interview with In No Great Hurry director Tomas Leach:

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