Young and Old

Well Mauro and I had a terrific day of photography and talk. One thing I’ve never mentioned before is how the two of us prattle on the entire time like two old hens, mostly about photography and cameras. We parked near the Distillery District and started there, then made our way through the St. Lawrence Market (where the above photo is from) before heading up to Dundas Square. We ended up at Aden Camera, where they have the new Fuji X100 in stock. Boy it’s one sweet little camera. I’m not sure I could get used to shooting at one focal length — 35mm. The lens is a prime, meaning no zoom. But I’d happily try. Realistically, I think it makes more sense for me to go full frame Canon or Nikon. Anyway, back to my day. We ended up at Fran’s Restaurant for a light bite, since we’re both going out for dinner tonight (him with family, me with friends). All in all it was a fun day and I’m glad I got out for some photography and exercise.

As for the photo, it was one of those lucky moments, I think. Maybe there was a time when the old man in the chair was a young man who had a wife and a baby in a carriage like the young mother walking through the door. He’s likely at a stage in his life where he’s struggling to get by and make ends meet, while stuck in that lousy chair. Meanwhile this young mother has her whole life ahead of her. And then there’s the baby of course, entirely unaware of his or her surroundings or that this photo was taken and talked about. The cycle of life, I guess. I have a photo of my Mom & Dad posing with a baby carriage in front of them and me in it. I was maybe one year old at the time. I’m sure the photographer could not have imagined that his or her photo would be on my fireplace mantle all these decades later.

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6 Responses to Young and Old

  1. Rachael says:

    This is a lovely picture. My grandma is currently alive only because of a feeding tube and oxygen, and I feel the huge difference in age and time every time I see her.

  2. That is such a beautiful photo and you’re spot on with your interpretation – absolutely agree.

  3. Consuelo says:

    there’s something about this picture that is just so touching…. nice shot!

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