Sometimes what happens at a party doesn’t stay at the party.
This fresh-faced young man is translating my lectures into Czech all week. I don’t speak any Czech at all, but I know he’s a good translator – Czechs laugh at my jokes.
It’s always nice to fly somewhere new, and be met at the airport by a face as friendly as this.
Mohammed is one of the smartest and funniest people I’ve had the pleasure to meet recently. He’s an English teacher, a father of four, and a Syrian refugee. Maintaining his cheer, curiosity and openness is an admirable feat, after travelling four months to Germany with wife and kids, and waiting ten months here to start German lessons and truly begin his new life.
He’s working on understanding German culture, and trying to pass on some of it to his fellow refugees, to help them through their culture shock, adjust their ideas of what’s right and wrong, and keep them from making embarrassing, if not dangerous, mistakes.
Just couldn’t resist these mirrors in the bathroom of an Amsterdam bar. Yes, I take my camera with me everywhere.
The problem with letting someone borrow your camera when you’ve had a couple beers is that it’s hard to remember which pictures you did and didn’t make. I think Bartosz made this one of another new friend, but I love it, so here it is.
It’s a pleasure to go somewhere you know no one and discover a new friend with the same passion as you. Bartosz is not only a hilarious guy I greatly enjoyed getting to know, he’s also a fan of Fujifilm cameras like myself. This is probably cheating, since he made this of me with my camera (while I was photographing him with his camera), but I’m sure he wouldn’t mind.
While in Amsterdam, I was so amazingly well taken care of by my new friends there. Thanks everyone!
Wolfgang played last night at Nochtspeicher, and it was excellent. He’s the most talented musician I’ve ever known personally, and used to be a close friend. He even wrote a song about me.
We don’t really talk any more.
My old colleague and friend André asked me to shoot a portrait of him for his new work related website. I doubt he’ll use this one, but I quite like it.