In a previous century I was walking in one of the Greek islands, Levkas I think, though I can’t be sure and whilst I had ‘shot’ a few people surreptitiously I hadn’t really made the jump to gain acceptance with someone completely unknown. I had watched this lady as she drew her donkey to the shade of the tree clearly in wait for someone or something. Before she knew what I was doing, maybe before she knew I was there I made a few pictures in the following sequence:
This looks like a camera strap got in the frame, maybe I knew it as the next frame is very similar..
She has now noticed me. I remember lifting my camera and making a gesture, I don’t remember if she nodded, but there was something that passed between us.
This is the last shot (the edited version is the first image), I have moved closer and she has drawn her donkey closer to herself. I remember she closed her mouth, hiding a very ‘gappy’ set of teeth. This is the shot I thought best and I remember walking past her and we exchanged nothing more than a glance.
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