Amelia Nielson-Stowell: Paparazzi flood Park City streets

Published: Tuesday, Jan. 26 2010 12:00 a.m. MST

"We have these parasocial relationships with people we think we know on the TV or the movies," he says. Hence, many refer to celebrities by their first name and feel a part of their lives.

Galella says that he considered Jackie his girlfriend. Even Visschedyk admits he'd like to become famous and is courting a reality television show.

It's fitting that during the closing credits to the latter film the Lady Gaga song "Paparazzi" is played, which contains the chorus, "I'm your biggest fan, I'll follow you until you love me, paparazzi."

Meanwhile, from the paparazzi on Park City's Main Street, a ruthless pap has yet to be seen. Sure, they yell and jockey for space. But so do the throngs of fans hoping to shoot Orlando Bloom with their cell phone or score Kristen Stewart's autograph.

It could be that the celebrities are hard to miss in small Park City, or everyone's getting the same shot, so there's no real chance for an "exclusive."

Mark Hedengren has just shot video of Ben Affleck and Tommy Lee Jones. He's waiting to see who's next to be dropped off on Main Street.

The Provo resident, who works for French news agency Sipa, hardly seems like the stereotypical paparazzi. He is polite, charming and a serious photographer.

"Most of the actors like to get their photo taken. It's like a mini photo shoot," Hedengren says. "Covering celebrities is a lot like covering religion. People idolize celebrities like religion. It's a lifestyle like religion."

e-mail: astowell@desnews.com

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