Saturday, 15 November 2014

Serendipity


OXFORD DICTIONARY'Serendipity'The occurrence and development of events by chance in a happy or beneficial way: 'a fortunate stroke of serendipity'

A dozen years ago I was lounging on the deck of a Greek ferry between Amorgos and Tinos. Through squinty eyes I noticed a girl sitting on a bench seat. Gabrielle was French and was a little bashful when I asked to photograph her.
'Why?' she asked'Because I've never photographed a French girl before and you remind me of Juliette Binoche''
My baby plastic Ricoh FF1 on HP5 did the rest.
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Three days later I'm leading a night seascape workshop with my tour group. In the distance I see Gabrielle  swimming with her boyfriend. Serendipitous. Damm the seascape!'Hi Gabrielle, do you remember me?'"Yes, from the ferry, I remember. This is my boyfriend'.'Can I get another shot of you here. Kissing your boyfriend'This time her boyfriend looks a little bashful.But they are French.
I'm a great believer in serendipity in life and photography. Sometimes, serendipity just needs a little helping hand.
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