Every afternoon I stand by a second floor window in the Ed Sullivan Theater and take mediocre photos of guests as they enter and leave the Late Show with David Letterman. In the foreground of each shot is a wad of old gum I noticed on the window ledge. There may be better paparazzi photos on the internet, but this is the only place you'll find the juxtaposition of celebrities and hardened gum. Enjoy!
"A perfectly silly, genius idea" -- David Letterman
Monday, February 25, 2013
This is Todd Seda, one of the Late Show's cue card guys. You may have seen his work here before.
Once again, Todd stepped up when I couldn't be at the window, and this time he really outdid himself.
A bleak classic, making masterful if accidental use of the sharp gum/out of focus celebrity effect.
A virtuoso framing of Mr. Depp at the far top left and the gum at the extreme lower right.
Here Todd impresses with the extremely difficult and rarely seen reverse angle shot, also displaying impressive framing skill.
And here's where Todd really earns a round of applause: the meta shot. Late Show costume designer Sue Hum takes a picture of Johnny Depp across the street. That's her face reflected in the window. And somehow he still got the gum.