Sunday, April 19, 2009

Jools



Jools has worked for Ritz Camera for five years. Unfortunately, Ritz is bankrupt, having fallen victim to the moribund economy, and is closing 400 stores across the nation, most of them in shopping malls. The Ritz store at Paddock Mall in Ocala will shut down at the end of May.

Jools, however, has been in the photography business for 40 plus years, doing just about every kind of photography, but specializing in models and portraits. He will return to that business when Ritz closes its doors.

21 comments:

Christopher Raun Leth said...

A shame that a nice shop like this has to close.

JM said...

This closing store thing is so depressing!!!

nanak said...

ohhh. . .
i want one of those camera for improving picture quality on my blog, but i don't have enough money :(

Cezar and Léia said...

Great Post Jacob!
This store is very important for us that love photography!
Léia

B Squared said...

Kind of makes you wonder if anything will survive.

Dusty Lens said...

A shame to see these signs. More and lore places are closing, if this doesn't get fixed soon, what will be left?

Lois said...

I am really enjoying these portraits, but this is depressing! I'm glad he has something to fall back on at least.

Emilio said...

The global crisis is hitting everyone all around the wolrd... Nice post !

GreensboroDailyPhoto said...

So far, one of our local Ritz Camera stores will remain open. In addition to the economic downturn, camera stores are struggling to generate revenue when so many people print their own photos and/or maintain virtual photo archives. Additionally, looking and getting information is free. Customers go to camera stores, draw on the expertise of the employees and then run home and purchase off of Amazon. Brick and mortar retail is in a huge time of transition. It will take the youthful mind of a teenager to have the vision to move retail in the direction of profit. Just a bit of Sunday morning thinking out loud brought about by your thought-provoking photo.

Jacob said...

@ Greensboro - You are so right. Although I think this store did fairly well in Ocala...and the staff provided excellent advice. It is, I believe, a victim of the overall financial health of the company. And Ritz sells online, too, for whatever that's worth.

Vogon Poet said...

This gallery of portraits and related stories is fascinating. I'm sorry for Jools and I hope he'll be fine anyway. Good shots and story.

Joy said...

That is so sad! Are you buying anything from his shop?

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Jacob said...

@ Joy - I have purchased things there in the past and will do so again before the close.

cieldequimper said...

Good luck to Jools.

Your EG Tour Guide said...

Sorry to see another business go under. I hope Jools can use his 40 years of experience to "make lemonade" from his "lemons."

Anonymous said...

good luck Jools. Trouble times are all round us but I'm not into the consumer society very much so life goes on...Julia newcastle au

Juergen Kuehn said...

Disagreeable to hear that so many camra-shops must close, in Germany too.

Ben said...

It's sad.
The most sad part is access to those knowledge like he has and can offer to the customer which cannot get from internet shop.

Marie-Noyale said...

A very nice group of portraits .
People seem to be working with a smile in your corner of the world!!

susieofarabia said...

These store closings are very sad...

disa said...

I love it ! Very creative ! That's actually really cool Thanks.

"Photographers deal in things which are continually vanishing and when they have vanished there is no contrivance on earth which can make them come back again." — Henri Cartier-Bresson