On a steamy Saturday morning, I patrolled the streets with two other photographers. I spotted Margaret and made the first move. She had no problem being photographed, but continually complained about the heat and humidity. Margaret was visiting from West Palm Beach, not a cool place. But Margaret’s English accent revealed the problem. A native of London, this climate was indeed, foreign.
While we were speaking, one of my photographer friends began speaking with Maria. Margaret half shouted, “Oh, she won’t allow her picture taken”. But Margaret was wrong. Maria shyly posed a bit, and I did not press my luck – I took what I got. Maria came to Florida from Cuba when she was 15. She had no accent at all. But she said that her sister arrived at age 3, and had enough accent for both of them.
Timing is everything.