Sunday, August 3, 2008

When A Smile Lights Up the Room

At the folk art market last month I was meandering around and I came across this gentleman. I was a fair distance away, but he did see me make this shot. I mouthed "thank you", as I did whenever anyone noticed me photographing them.

I've generally been quite a shy photographer and for years I'd hide behind a very long lens. I think I must have been getting braver, even if I haven't realized it, as this day spontaneity jumped in and I was guided to go up to him. Not even knowing if he spoke English I asked, "Does anyone ever show you the images they make?" And I showed him the back of my camera. "Look how beautiful you are!" 

One drop of inspired kindness and gratitude led to this response. His smile lit up the whole tent!

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