Jesse was having dinner and not paying much attention to the World Series game seven. That made him interesting. We were sitting at the bar–every table was packed for the game. I had been taking pictures of a closed and apparently abandoned movie theater in Burlingame and Jesse knew some history.

He had been coming to the area for a long time. He remembered when the Hyatt across the street was a row of quaint cottages. We let ourselves get nostalgic for old movie theaters, quaint cottages on San Francisco Bay.
Jesse is one of the slow motion replay editors for CBS. His area of greatest interest is golf. I was very interested in the technology side of this and of his interesting life with that. We talked Tiger Woods for a bit, until that petered out. Jesse was generous in letting me set up his portrait. Of course, I was really glad that sports of any kind was on the TV behind him. Couldn’t have worked out better from that standpoint. I used the on camera flash and there are some specular highlights, but not too bad for a tough lighting situation.

I am enjoying the stretch of this project. It is really amazing that no one is boring in these encounters. Maybe having the project to ricochet off creates poignancy or interest. I am not sure, because I know I can be enough of a snob and enough of a realist to know that not everyone I meet is interesting to me (and vice versa). Maybe I am discovering that if I see you within a context of art then your beauty makes its way to the surface right away. It is more likely that I have taken off my egotistical shades and you light is evident. And vice versa.

This picture is #4 in my 100 strangers project. Find out more about the project and see pictures taken by other photographers at the 100 Strangers Flickr Group page

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4 Responses to Jesse

  1. Bobbi says:

    Oh I love this whole project!!

  2. Stephen L. Parkhurst says:

    I love it…great job on the photo of Jesse and the story itself. Well done my friend.

  3. Kathleen says:

    So, cool. I love reading about the experience with strangers. Today I got my second rejection – I believe another German, but European for sure. Maybe it is something I don’t understand about their culture or maybe it was just a coincidence that the two rejections were both German (or one German for sure). I am really, really enjoying this project! It is really giving me a reason to step out of my comfort zone and I am finding it rewarding!

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