What’s Your Story?

As I was on another walk in my neighborhood I passed a gentleman who greeted me with a big smile and friendly “Buenas dias”. Without thinking I responded with a Buenos dias back and we took steps in opposite directions. I stopped and shouted back “wait wait”…and here, between my bad spanish and Roberto’s broken english, we pieced together Roberto’s story: Roberto was trained as a welder but is currently unemployed and is working as a day laborer. As I worked, he seemed very interested in my old mamiya twin lens reflex and he seemed to understand my little project. As we chatted he finally confessed that he was an artist. That his passion was painting and that he loved to paint large canvases. Since he was out of work he wasn’t able to buy supplies for his art but he hoped that soon he would be back at the canvas.

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