I’ve only been to Moore & Moore Cafe twice in the time I’ve lived in Western Australia, and in my head, it is the place that serves up the best chai latte I’ve had to date (their food is pretty good too). I brought Flemming there recently and blew most of my USD $10 daily food budget on a pot of chai latte for two (AUD $8).
“I think if I’ve learned anything about friendship, it’s to hang in, stay connected, fight for them, and let them fight for you. Don’t walk away, don’t be distracted, don’t be too busy or tired, don’t take them for granted. Friends are part of the glue that holds life and faith together. Powerful stuff.” ― Jon Katz Amigo/Amiga de corazón. Friend of the heart. This phrase was one of the first I learnt in Spanish. It’s a beautiful way to refer to one’s true friends.
“It’s about relationships.” That was the refrain looping in my head the entire time.
Portraits. I’ve not done much of them, and with few exceptions, been too intimidated to put myself out there to get any decent ones. The reason I often cite as the source of my reluctance to go out there and make portraits of strangers, is my muted horror at the invasiveness of sticking a camera in someone’s face purely for my own selfish motives. It seems unfair, somehow, not to give something back. But that’s not really it. What is, is having to lay some of myself bare to create that connection to make a succesful portrait. Because photography is about life, and life is about relationships, and real relationships involve some degree of intimacy, which involves some giving and taking. Which addresses the point …