By: Thorsten Overgaard. September 26, 2018.
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He walks in Paris Saturday morning. After some time, it all looks the same. Buildings, people, streets, cars … it’s the same whichever city he goes to in the world. He should have stayed in bed for one more hour.
The legs feel old. How many more years can one walk these streets and photograph the same things with the same backdrop of Parisian buildings?
“I’m tired of this,” he thinks and as he walks, he’s grumbling “I should start painting instead.”
His eye catches a sunbeam playing with a window frame, and he forgets his tired legs and loses this feeling that he’s done it all before.
For a brief moment he forgets the impossible in getting Paris to look interesting as he quickly moves his legs to work the right angel. He got a good one. “This works”, he thinks, happy with himself.
For a brief moment he forgot all the travesties of life. His mood is very optimistic now, he walks determined, he feels like having a coffee and enjoying the moment.
As he heads across the street, he snaps another photo of a man in a suit striving up the road on his bicycle. He smiles to the man.
Over coffee, he prepares a little speech about it in his mind. For a future interview, perhaps, a lecture to young students, or for his friends at La Dome tonight when they have dinner. “It doesn’t matter if it’s Mumbai, New York or Paris. There are always people, buildings and light, and even when it looks the same as so many times before, one can always finds a new photo around the corner.”
He’s a renewed man, and he feel as if he has always been like this.
Street portrait in Paris. Leica M10-P with Leica 50mm APO-Summicron-M ASPH f/2.0. © Thorsten Overgaard.
I hope you enjoyed today's Story Behind That Picture. One of the strengths of the human mind is that we can change our mind by simply deciding to do so. As always, feel free to e-mail me with questions, ideas and suggestions.