Neighbor

Beauty © Jaakko 2015

There is elderly couple living near my house. I and my son go to visit them every now and then.

Last time they cooked tempura, fried vegetables. And they have soft Mickey Mouse dolls which my son loves to play with.

After I took her photo, her husband said “Isn’t she a bijin (beauty)?”. What a beautiful people. Today my son asked, “don’t we go to see grandma?”. I thought he meant my mother-in-law, but then, I’m quite sure he meant her. My grandma is no longer in this world, but I can find similar spirit with these people. I feel like we are connected.

Taking photos spontaneously like this makes me realise that I can’t separate my photography from my daily life. Rather my life is my photography. So I made a promise to never leave my camera home.

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