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silent friendship through store front window

April 4, 2015 - theuniverse -

over the last three months I passed by a dusty shop window almost every day.  the window marks the barrier between loud and busy Dundas St. West (Toronto) and a run down old shop that hosts dust instead of customers. I am fascinated every time when the sun around noon gives birth to a spectacle of sparks as the beams light up the dust to tiny fireworks. I noticed, that at a certain time a beautiful, elderly man takes seat to watch the pedestrians and the traffic. he waves, he salutes, like I was a friend from long ago. no need for a big smile, just a strong expression of respect and appreciation – mutual trust. soon it became a habit and I hoped to find the man every time I would leave the house. often I find him. I always carry my camera(s), but I didn’t dare to irritate our relationship and just kept walking by. one day I came prepared, had everything set up and was ready to shoot, I ‘asked’ with a quick gesture, he answered with a nod so subtle I almost didn’t see and shot:


no word ever spoken, the man sitting, waving, me walking, stopping, leaving,

what a wonderful contact.


a month ago I took this photo, I haven’t seen the old man since then and I still pass by with my dog every day.

[Nikon FM2/35-105mm_3.5/Kodak Portra 400]

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