I met this gentleman performing on a subway platform beneath the busy streets of central Boston.
His baritone lured me down the steps of the Downtown Crossing Station. The guitar he was playing (tuned to Open D – I think) projected a quadraphonic “bouncy castle” of sound that echoed endlessly throughout the platform with a sustained reverb that I could only half duplicate with an electronic pedal.
I put a ten in his guitar case and slowly reached for my camera.
When he finished playing he immediately jumped up, shook my hand and thanked me over and over again. I told him he was one of the best buskers I have ever heard – ever. In my life!
He was speechless – both of us suddenly aware of an odd silence in an impossibly loud subway platform.
We all have something that we are particularly good at and for that we should be grateful. Talent can be found everywhere.
But to be gifted…
That is something to treasure. No matter where we find it.
Note to self: The next time I look up hoping to find inspiration and find nothing – try looking in the opposite direction.
Silver gelatin print
Voigtlander Nokton Classic 35mm f1.4 MC lens
Ilford HP5, ISO 400