My website houses thousands of images that I've captured over the past six years or so. Sometimes it takes years before someone close to the scene stumbles across the photograph. For me, it's a pleasant surprise when they contact me--either to thank me for capturing the scene or to provide more information about the image.
In the past few weeks, people contacted me about two of my pictures--and both of those pictures were captured in 2009 (six years ago)!
1- The Jazz Guitarist
On the morning of February 21, 2009, I visited the "Saturday Morning Market" in downtown St. Petersburg, Florida. The main reason for my visit is that I really enjoy the lemon square pastries offered by one of the vendors. But, I brought my camera along. The "Gulf Coast Jazz Quartet" was performing that morning. I decided to compose a tight shot of the musician's hands on the guitar.
Last week, the guitarist sent me an email. He wrote that he enjoyed viewing the image and thanked me for capturing it. He didn't say how he discovered the picture after six years--but I suspect it was through a Google search.
2- Bungalow Dog
We were walking back to our car through Wrigleyville after a game between the Chicago Cubs and the Cincinnati Reds on April 23, 2009 when we came across this scene. As soon as I saw the dog in the window framed by the classic Chicago bungalow, I knew that I wanted to capture the image. Thankfully, I had my camera with me. The challenge was that a lot of people were leaving the park at that time and many were walking right in front of the building. So, I had to wait until the scene momentarily cleared--and hope that the dog would remain posed. Fortunately, I captured the photograph.
Earlier this week, the owner of the dog contacted me. She learned about this picture while reading an article about Chicago real estate. The article featured this image--and gave me credit. From the credit, she was able to find my website along with my contact information. Click here to view the article from February 24, 2015.
I've always liked this picture. In fact, a framed print of this photograph hangs on the wall inside my condominium. So, I very much appreciated that the owner of this dog provided me with more background about this scene. Here's what she wrote:
"Her name (the dog) is Zora. We lived there for approximately 5 years. Cubs fans named her "Wrigley" and would film her and take pics often as she laid there in the sun, watching the fans foot traffic, in what we deemed her superman pose with her arm/arms out. That was my first apartment with her, and first in Chicago. Been in Chicago ever since. I've since had to make sure we've had big windows with a street view so she can do her people watching that she grew so accustomed to on Sheffield. Thank you for capturing this shot. She is getting old now, almost 12, so it's very sentimental."