Dave wore a shirt that Said “Germantown.” I asked if that was in Pennsylvania and he said, “I don't know, I got this from my brother, in Tennessee.” It seems like everyone wears a shirt that says something.
Dave and Samantha are from Pittsburgh and are visiting his parents in Sarasota. For two days. When we spoke it was overcast, but it was sunny in Pittsburgh. You can't win. But still, they were able to walk on the beach, and were grateful for that.
I asked, what should people reading this know about you? Dave said, “I don't know. I guess that we like to get away for any length of time, no matter how short.”
I meet so many strangers outside of a coffee shop, Pastry Art, that it is appropriate to occasionally photograph employees. This is one of my few indoor shots at ISO 800.
As I placed my order, Brittany said, “Nice camera!”, my lead in. I replied, “Thanks. Guess what I like to photograph?”, and away we went. She was a bit reluctant, but caved in when she saw my Photostream on the phone. I had not seen her before. Probably because she has only worked there for a month, and then only on weekends. She said that her main job is as a hairstylist.
“Hairstylist? But you are hiding your hair under a wool cap!”
“Bad hair day.”
“Hairstylists shouldn't have bad hair days.”
Shrug, with palms up.
I had a coffee 'date' with Eric, stranger #457. See him HERE. I arrived first, on a beautiful Sunday for outdoor dining. While waiting, I saw Daniel at a nearby table and decided to 'get some work' done prior to meeting Eric.
Daniel is 17, and a student at Suncoast Polytechnic High School in Sarasota. I am embarrassed to admit that I had not heard of it. Suncoast is a magnet school, with a majority of students taking advanced placement courses. Daniel also takes courses at State College of Florida. He hopes to attend nearby New College, on a career path to naturopathy.
Daniel is well read and thinks deeply about environmental, biologic, and political affairs. He is not shy about expressing his opinions. When Eric arrived, the three of us had a lively discussion. I said to Daniel, “I'll bet that you are near the top of your class.” He gave a small smile and shrugged, “I'm in the top 25%.” Yeah, that means that he's in the top 75% too, but I doubt that adequately describes his standing.
He was interested in the project, and we quickly became Facebook friends. Not surprisingly, I am too old to understand the cultural context of most of his posts. But he did use one of my images as his avatar, which always gives me a warm, fuzzy feeling.
As an aside, I got to play with Eric's Leica, a first for me.