– Can I help you, Sir?
– Yes, I'd like to try out this camera please. [mucks around with camera for a few minutes]
– Hmmm, the focus seems to be a bit slower than I expected. Hard to know if it's just the low light inside this shop. Not worth going outside though, it's even grimmer out there. And raining.
– Yes, no way you could do any photography today.
– Oh, I don't know, have you seen Martin Parr's Bad Weather Series? [clearly this customer is the sort of fruitcake who talks to strangers on train]
– I think so. Was it on Sky?
– No, I meant a series of photographs. I think it was a book. Martin Parr used an underwater camera and flash to photograph people in the rain and snow.
– And what was the point of that?
– Erm, well, you know, documenting people going about their daily business in all conditions, not just photographing in good weather when everyone else is photographing.
– It seems like a lot of effort just to make a point.
– Maybe, but he's become quite a wealthy man doing stuff like that.
– Ah well, if he's rich, maybe he can afford to waste his time doing that sort of thing.