{The Portrait Diaries} Day 15: Every face tells a story

Today I thought I’d share with you one of my favourite photos that I’ve ever taken.

Have you ever met somebody and felt like you’ve always known them, even if you’ve met them only moments earlier? Have you ever spoken to someone and felt they would do anything for you even though you’re practically a stranger?

Such experiences are rare but when they happen we remember them because friendliness and compassion are set apart from every day life and from the strangers that pass you by on the street. I took this portrait only 30 minutes after meeting this extraordinary couple. They were so warm and friendly that it radiated from their very being.

Behind them is the door of the garage that they have owned most of their lives and that continues to be run by their sons. There’s something special about a family run business passed down through the generations. And so there’s something special about this photo. It feels like a piece of history.

The years they have spent together running this place provided many happy memories and now they spend many of their afternoons sitting outside the garage taking in their surroundings,  talking to their friends, family and the customers they have come to know.

I didn’t ask them to pose like this they just placed themselves. He was already sitting and his wife automatically stood behind him like this. I like where she put her hands in a protective and proud embrace yet also showing tenderness and some fragility.

On their faces, the story of their lives.

“Age is something impressive, it sums up a life:  maturity reached slowly and against many obstacles, illnesses cured, griefs and despairs overcome, and unconscious risks taken; maturity formed through so many desires, hopes, regrets, forgotten things, loves.  A man’s age represents a fine cargo of experiences and memories.”  – Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

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