A Sweet Stranger Who Said “Yes”
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As I begin this process of learning to photograph people, may my days ahead be graced with more sweet folks like this young man.
He is the first person I’ve ever asked permission to photograph. Underneath his big yellow bill of his Boston Celtics hat, his eyes rounded and he said, “OK” and then just went about his business of drying my car, only once peeking in to see what this ol’girl was up to.
I posted previously some other “people” shots from this car wash, a train station and the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston:
But, this one includes his direct gaze, so I post it–the fourth in my series, “Working”. (How many photographs can one post of people from behind them or headless? We are about to find out.)
I’d like to take photographs of folks who are working behind the scenes who are usually invisible to us. Those people we see only through a drive-thru window or blurry windshields or, as in the case of my most recent post at Waving and Drowning, my illustrated photo blog for caregivers, senior citizens who struggle to lift their arms to greet the day.
I invite Brian, a wonderful writer from The Cheek of God, who has just been laid off for the third time this year, to write a story about this sweet stranger in the car wash who said, “Yes” and then sell it to Hollywood for big bucks so he can never worry again about his family’s future AND finally get paid for what he loves to do.
So, a little bit of everything here.
A photo with a human in it.
Some career counseling and some links to the wider world, mine and others.
And, the day has just begun.
©Pat Coakley 2009
PHOTOGRAPHS CANNOT BE USED WITHOUT WRITTEN PERMISSION
This is also “post” day for my competitive, talented flyboy colleague in learning to photograph people, Photos4u2c. Details of this can be seen here. Dave, calm down. Have fun. It’s just me not Henri Cartier Bresson.