Photography and Serendipity

On Blue

The guy at the pho­to­lab is fun­ny because he always recog­nis­es me every time I stop by to drop some rolls of film for devel­op­ing and he has stopped ask­ing for my last name to write on the receipt and just writes it, but he always spells it wrong and a dif­fer­ent way every time (the lat­est one being Bak instead of Beka). I’ve got to the point of not car­ing about the spelling. He doesn’t need my name when I’m pick­ing up the neg­a­tives any­way. He knows which rolls are mine. I assume he doesn’t have too many cus­tomers who shoot medi­um for­mat film.

I guess I haven’t men­tioned here that I got some of my pic­tures of the city of Cam­bridge, Ontario used in a guide pub­lished by the Cam­bridge Tourism Board called Dis­cov­er Cam­bridge. I even got a cred­it in the acknowl­edg­ment sec­tion along with my pho­tog­ra­phy web­site address and they print­ed 200,000 copies of the guide. Can you say instant fame? ;) Well, not real­ly, but still it was kind of cool. They found the pic­tures by way of Flickr, in case you’re won­der­ing.

Speak­ing of Flickr, our last stop in our Welling­ton Coun­ty pho­to tour this past Sat­ur­day was the city of Guelph. I had been bug­ging Troy to buy me ice cream all day and we final­ly stopped to buy ice cream from this place in Guelph called the Boathouse. When we got there, I saw a girl who looked like one of my Flickr con­tacts, but I wasn’t too sure. Turned out it was real­ly her because when we bumped into her as we were leav­ing, she asked if I was me and I asked if she was her and we were both right! She said I was one of her favourite pho­tog­ra­phers on Flickr, which made me feel kind of warm and fuzzy. :) She was the sec­ond per­son to recog­nise me in real life through Flickr.

As if that wasn’t enough of a coin­ci­dence, we had friends in Guelph invit­ing us over for din­ner that night and as we were hang­ing around in the kitchen, I saw a news­pa­per pub­lished by the Uni­ver­si­ty of Guelph lay­ing on the table and guess who I saw in the front page pho­to? It was the girl, the Flickr con­tact I had bumped into ear­li­er! Life can be very inter­est­ing some­times, don’t you think?

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