One that almost got away…

History, Photos

A great by-product from over thirty years in photography is the joy I still feel when I find a lost image, a photo that I don’t initially remember shooting but that resonates with me in a way that is hard to describe. In the mid-1970’s I was fortunate to be the first staff photographer at The National Zoo and on my frequent walks home I always had a camera loaded with B/W film around my neck. The job was a terrific one and full of opportunity; ultimately, though, it was wasted on a restless soul in his twenties who had other things on his mind.

But it did leave me with one lasting legacy: those walks to my apartment at Dupont Circle. I gradually moved from 35mm to medium format (even sometimes 4×5) as my sensibilities shifted. I was thrilled to have a city to learn and photography was a loving teacher. Now, luckily, with the advent of digital imaging, I can dig through my files where I occasionally stumble on some of those lost images, markers from a time that almost got away.

I look forward to sharing some of these as they appear.

3 thoughts on “One that almost got away…”

  1. Mahmoud El-Darwish says:

    That image resonates with many of us. It pays tribute to Henri Cartier Bresson. I can think of no greater compliment. I’d love to see more like that!

  2. Janet Minker says:

    You captured this boy’s joy – it’s a wonderful shot. Looking forward to seeing more from your archives.

    • Thanks Janet. This image almost has the cast from a Greek tragedy…the joker, the romantic, the warrior, the reticent one.

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