“Do not let your fire go out, spark by irreplaceable spark in the hopeless swaps of the not-quite, the not-yet, and the not-at-all. Do not let the hero in your soul perish in lonely frustration for the life you deserved and have never been able to reach. The world you desire can be won. It exists.. it is real.. it is possible.. it’s yours.” - Ayn Rand
I do remember the moment I took this shot more than three years ago. We visited Our Lady Of Peace and Good Voyage after a nice lunch at Balaw Balaw Restaurant in Angono, Rizal. He just sat there, seemingly oblivious of all the people passing by. I caught his eyes and he smiled so I gestured with my camera if it is okay to take a shot. He nodded, and when I showed him the two shots I took, he touched my arm with a silent “thank you” written in his eyes.
I don’t usually try my hand at street photography, for I am convinced that I won’t be able to capture that one particular look, depicting several emotions in one frame, but I thought this was good to be included in my Life In the City album. It’s still one of my favorite pictures because it always reminds me that life, no matter how difficult it may seem, is full of meaning. It is really one’s attitude towards it that counts. And experience, no matter how mundane it may seem, always leaves us a lesson that we could all learn from.