Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Old Man Jack | Faces 2012 | Amsterdam

I first spotted [Jack] sitting in what I can only assume is perfect newspaper reading light. His only company was a near empty glass of red wine as he sat reading the newspaper, drifting from sleep to awake leaning back in his chair, oblivious to the dull hum of the busy neighbourhood cafe.  The light, setting and subject was perfect. [Jack] was a perfect candid environmental portrait subject.  But after I had put the camera away, I noticed [Jack] pick up his wine glass.  His frail old hands shaking , making this simple task a minute long ordeal.  I am powerfully reminded of my own grandfather Alexander Smith at the age of 80 attempting to eat soup with hands that would shake wildly due to a disease that attacked his nerves.

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