my usual trip to the Saturday Farmer's Market, I saw Mark – a
rugged looking fellow who was looking at some organic vegetables. I
explained the project and he was agreeable. He did not ask much about
it, and I didn't get a 'feel' if it really interested him or not. The
light was very harsh, but at my request, he moved several feet into
open shade, next to a vendor's booth.
had been speaking with a young lady who held a baby. I asked her
about a photograph, but she politely declined. I think I know why,
and this segues into a lesson for me.
main goal of this project is personal development in dealing with
people that I haven't met before. People are always treated
respectfully, hence the permission. But one of the additional ways of
showing respect is recognizing people upon encountering them at a
the past six months, I have twice fallen down on this. I met and
photographed two women, and later encountered them, but did not
recognize them. One is a professional hair stylist. Not surprisingly,
her hair appearance changes dramatically from time to time. The other
woman once wore a hat, once had a scarf over her hair, and once was uncovered, with curls bouncing in the breeze. Ideally, this would not
faze me, as I should be able to recognize people by their eyes. But,
not always so.
I have a further goal, to be more observant and mindful of those who
I meet. I want to avoid this embarrassment in the future.