A Good Morning to you—
Street photographer extraordinaire Juan Buhler was officially the very first photographer to sit on the Orange Couch at the TOP Secret Underground Command Bunker. An Argentine-born San Franciscan who used to work for DreamWorks and Pixar (where, the rumor has it, he was partly responsible for adding lens flare and bokeh effects to the animation for Ratatouille), Juan has posted thousands of his street photographs online. His website has a rabid following among aficionados. (here's his Flickr page.)
There's only one possible explanation I can think of for the sweet ride: There's lots of money in street photography!*
Currently between marriages (literally—the civil ceremony was a little while ago and the religious and ceremonial second act takes place in a few weeks), Juan and his fiancée recently completed an epic year-and-a-half-long trip from San Francisco to the tip of Patagonia and back in a VW van. Juan took pictures all the way and is currently working on the edit.
It was really nice to put a face and a voice to the name and the work, which I've known about and been following for years. Great to meet you, Juan, and I hope you can come back again some time. I'm hoping some combination of me, Lulu and/or Butters will make an appearance on Water Molotov sometime soon! And thanks for dinner.**
I think a visit to the nearby Weissgerber's Gasthaus should become a tradition for all visiting dignitaries. It's an authentic taste of old Milwaukee, once the most German city in all of America. And they fix a pretty mean Wiener Schnitzel. Although nothing like you can get in Austria.
Have a double-turbocharged Saturday—
*What, there isn't? Okay, I'm kidding. The 2015 S63 AMG belongs to his father-in-law. He's driving it West for them as a favor.
**You show up in a car like that, though, you gotta buy dinner. A further view of the awesome JuanBuhlermobile, for fellow autophiles:
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Roberto: "Your recently removed 'sticky' post said, 'The Online Photographer (TOP) has never been a double-turbocharged V8 among photography sites.' Is this what prompted Juan to come and visit you with that car?"
Mike replies: I don't know, but it's a nice coincidence, eh?
BWJones: "What a great couch! Its soooo...orange."
Mike replies: I can't explain it, but I really like the orange couch. (It was on sale, for the obvious reason that almost nobody wants an orange couch.)
Bob Smith: "Oh I can't show my wife that couch. I'd never hear the end of 'I want one!' It is really good looking, looks comfortable too."
Bob Smith: "Crap, she just saw it. Thanks Mike...."
Juan Buhler: "It was a delightful evening, Mike!
"The Mercedes is not quite my speed. I am more of a flat-four, rear-engine kind of guy. This car is like shooting with the latest Canon DSLR all in auto, after years of working with a Pentax MX.
"I will post some photos of the evening once I process them. My website is definitely not a bi-turbo V8! :-)"