I was shooting some street photos when a guy stopped in front of my camera smiling and making a sign for me to click. I had two options: click or ask him to leave.
In a split second it crossed my mind to be fearful of this intrusion, for not knowing of his intentions, or to play along and believe him.
I went for the latter. I smiled and started clicking while keeping the conversation going. He said that he actually hates to be photographed and was just making a joke. He didn’t think I would take him seriously.
After a few shots, he wanted to see the photos. He expressed surprise with how good-looking he was. I got a compliment and a question, whether I am a professional photographer. His honest and simple way of talking showed me that he wasn’t trying to please me with this question. Instead, his was more self-assured and grateful for what my photo gave back to him. I felt he was speaking from his heart.
We kept talking things like, where we come from, and I stopped clicking to shake hands and introduce ourselves. It felt good to have trusted my guts and have shown to someone who, in turn, could be trusted too.
When he pointed the photo he liked the most, we decided to continue the session, as it was fun. We carried on talking. I asked him to think of someone he loves. The answer came in the form of an open face laughing loud, with a big set of teeth at my disposal to capture. We connected in laughter. The verbal answer came in due time: “I haven’t yet found someone who loves me. That was a good question!”.
I offered to email the photos to him but he didn’t want to have them. Permission granted though, to post them when I wanted it in my blog!
I made these shots yesterday, when I was shooting the Bee’s Tables, which you can see here. I talked about serendipity, as I hadn’t imagined the images would fit perfectly the theme of the Weekly Photo Challenge.
I also hadn’t imagined that the opposite of fear, would have been loss. Loss of an opportunity.
This post is for Stream of Consciousness Saturday, hosted by LindaGHill. The prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is: opposites in emotion. “If trying to come up with two opposites before you start is too much thinking, try writing about one emotion and see if the opposite comes out of your stream of consciousness naturally.”