Luckily I had my camera hanging on my chair while I was eating lunch. Outside, my son and I were used to the little birds all around us on the concrete floor picking at bits of food fallen from the tables. Next thing we knew we had a visitor standing on the wall that kept us separated from the sand. I slowly slipped my camera from its case and began shooting. Our guest could have cared less. He was used to hanging with people. It’s a good thing, too, because the shot before this one had lots of random people clutter and our guest was monitoring all of it. In a moment, everyone vacated the scene inside my frame and the shorebird looked me right in my camera eye.
I know what he really wanted. My fries. Looking me in the eye so he could decide exactly when he might hop on the table, he was aiming for a close look at what we had ordered for lunch. He clocked our every move and stayed until we finished eating. We got up and he was standing in the same place on the wall, ready for a mad dash before the bus boy got to it first.
I was hanging out in Great Barrington MA last spring and shot this image of the sun lighting a shock of hair and a young woman’s profile. I love the wisps caught by the sun in the upper left corner! And the shape of what’s not in shadow . . . Somehow the camera captures so much more than what my naked eye can process.
On this eve of Thanksgiving, Louie has already begun to celebrate. He doesn’t have to worry about shopping, chopping, stuffing, mashing, pie-baking or cakes. All he has to do is sit at my feet, wait for the bits of roast beef to appear at my fingertips, and lick his lips. Next hour, my son opens a can of tuna and a quarter cup of Louie’s favorite juice appears in his bowl. Oh, if our Thanksgiving dinner could be so effortless!
In my previous post I introduced you to Nora. Here are the photographs from her first day at work. She was modeling earrings for Rabbit Rodeo Design. When I first started taking pictures, my focus was portraits of women. In a way, I’m back at it with Nora, and so far she looks great in every color of hair. Yay! In order of their appearance, the earring designs Nora is wearing: Put on Your Red Dress Baby, Lunch at Sundance, and Pink Cadillacs.