I have always been somewhat hesitant when it comes to photographing people on the street. However, my shift to film photography came with a pleasant surprise.
Folks that pass me by always glance with curiosity at the camera that I am using, and in many cases, they will stop and ask me about it. So, it did not surprise me when a gentleman stopped to chat while I was taking an image from a bridge in Bobcaygeon.
“Getting any good shots?” he asked.
“I’m certainly getting a few!” I replied. “This is actually a film camera”.
“Oh, I know!” he said. “I have one just like it”.
We continued to talk about camera equipment, his years in the television industry, and his love of Bobcaygeon. I explained that a friend and mentor would often describe situations just like this, where a vintage camera turned into a wonderful conversation starter. It was at that moment that I built up the courage.
“Sir, would you mind if I took your portrait?” I asked.
“That would be great” he replied.
So, with that, I introduce you to Al, the lovely gentleman that I met on a late summer day in Bobcaygeon, where we enjoyed the weather, and our time talking about common interests. That was a couple of years ago now, and my photography has continued to evolve, along with a deep love for vintage cameras.
I ran into Al a few months back, and he remembered our chat on the bridge on that beautiful summer day.
Photography continues to surprise me in wonderful ways.
Editor’s Note: If you are interested in purchasing any of Jason’s photography you will find his contact information on the right sidebar.