Got some great news this week, I received an email on Wednesday from Foto8, it read as follows…….
“Dear Photographer, Congratulations! We are pleased to inform you that one of more of your images has been selected for inclusion in the Foto8 Summershow 2011. This year the Summershow opens on July 8th and will run until the 12th August at HOST Gallery in Honduras Street, London, EC1 0TH.”
I’d entered some images for selection for the Summershow 2011 from a set I’d shot about the recession in the Downtown area of Las Vegas, Nevada and how businesses were struggling there. Even The Strip down the road, with all it’s glamour, had been having a hard time financially. So to see this area as a bit of a ghost town, which was the place to be seen in it’s heyday, was slightly sad.
I was photographing an empty car park, when over the road on the wall of a casino, a large tiled mural had caught my attention. I walked over toward it & then noticed that there was an old man on his mobility scooter taking some rays in the midday sun. I tiptoed closer, quickly taking a meter reading and proceeded to nearly drop my RZ67, which I was handholding. I was literally beside myself to get the image shot before he woke up or heard the shutter open and shut on the camera. I had time to shoot a few frames as he was clearly ‘having a kip’ and walked back toward my car.
I noticed he’d woken up and was driving his mobility scooter along the pavement, so I quickly ran over to say I’d photographed him and to find out a bit more about him. His name was Bob Whiterock. It turned out he and his family were Japanese, he’d been in the US military during WWII and was down from Long Beach, California for a break. He was excellent, chatty and very interested in my Mamiya RZ67. I told him I’d bought a Mamiya C33 a while ago, so he was filling me in on why the Japanese actually had it made in the first place….they basically wanted to mass market the German Rolleiflex.
So, I took his email and promised to post him some prints when I got back to the UK which I did with a greetings card with one of my images on it. Soon, I got this subsequent email reply……
“Rich I got the package today. I think I like the lady on the card better than my pics. Thanks for everything. Bob”
Now, WHERE did I put her email address……..!? *Cupid*