I was out shooting for a photo project today, and as evening approached, I got myself a cold drink and sat down in a public square to ease my feet and back.
As I unwound, an older fellow pushing a four-wheeler came along. He saw me festooned with cameras and began asking questions.
Sigh. . .
Yes, that was my initial reaction, but then I thought, I’m done for the day, what’s it going to hurt to chat for a few minutes.
Wise decision, Paul.
We shook hands and introduced ourselves.
He was a world traveler and raconteur. He was a photography buff, and we began by discussing what made a good photo — good equipment or a good photographer. We agreed on the later. A good start.
We went back in time to the beginnings of photography, and he knew the inventors, and the dates. We talked paper-backed mid-format roll film.
He recommended a few photo shows that he’d seen recently, and panned a couple, too.
Turned out we’d traveled to many of the same places, but a few decades apart. And he’d traveled to lots of interesting places that I’d never been to. It also turned out we’d even done some similar work over the years. This was good!
He asked if I was retired, and I said, no, that I’d been working on a project today. I gave him my business card, and my volunteer streamkeepers card, and his eyes lit up. Turns out he was proud to support environmental causes.
The plaza was taking on a warm orange glow as the sun moved lower in the sky, and he positioned his wheeler, slowly got himself up and behind it, and said he’d better be moving on.
We shook hands again, and he said, “don’t get old, Paul.”
Never underestimate your elders.
P.S. Since we’re first-time acquaintances, I’m not going to share his name. But I hope to meet him again some day. . .