A month ago I visited some friends in Sacramento and visited the Crocker Art Museum with a friend of mine. We had been friends a long while but over the last few years we had both become occupied by our lives. Him with starting a family and me, returning to school. We reconnected once we realized, that both of us were studying Computer Science.
This moment, at the museum, stuck out to me as very interesting. Visually, I like that the subject is positioned just a little short of the center. This small offset, however, works well with the angle of his head and the fact that it is positioned at the dead center of the photograph of the old man.
With it pointed to the eye of the old man, for me this picture shows a subtle connection. To me it is also interesting that he has his back turned to the gasping mouth and how it looks like a black pit.
The earth tone colors of the subject contrast nicely with the dark sepia tones of the face and the texture of the wrinkles and his hair. In retrospect, I am grateful for the bit of the beige wall as it draws attention away from the legs which. It would have been nice if I could have get more of the legs to draw contrast with the wrinkles of old man’s face–but we do the best that we can.
The Fate of All Young Men
It’s interesting watching someone you know develop over time. Normally this line of thought usually conjure images of parents and children, but I think the same holds true true to a point for friends.
We are born to youth with no means of holding on to it. Or as Fleetwood Mac put it:
Time makes you bolder, even children get older, and I’m gettin’ older, too
Boys become young men who turn to old men. In between we are brothers, sons, boyfriends, husbands, fathers and grandfathers. We see our futures in the scars, lines and wrinkles of our elders as we inch closer to playing their roles.
One of things that I appreciate about photography is that it allows us to stare at things that wouldn’t be polite to stare at. Such as a young studying the face of an old man, and contemplating his own future.