I was getting a tour of his home when he mentioned he had his fathers old film cameras. I excitedly stated that I would love to see them. What he didn’t know is that I have been toying around with the idea of experimenting with film as a personal project. He pulled his late fathers cameras out of the drawer and said, “Here, you can have them!” I hesitated and replied “Are you sure?” As much as I would have loved to take them home with me I knew the sentimental value they must have held.
He then went on to tell me a story. This is how it went:
“My father was a dentist. One time we were out to eat when we ran into one of his patients. His patient came up to my father and his eyes lit up as he stated how much he loved his tie and asked where he got it because he would love to get one of his own. After the patient left my father took off his tie, rolled it up and gave it to our waiter and asked him to give it to his patient. I said to my father: Dad, why did you give that man your tie? You really liked it! My dad responded to me: I liked that tie, but he loved that tie.”
Then he went on to explain what he learned from his father that day. “You see, when you are young you often think mostly about how someone can help you move forward and get what you want. When you get older you want to help other people out and see people get what they love.”
Needless to say I came home with two beautiful vintage cameras and an even more beautiful lesson on generosity. I’ve already got the cameras loaded with film and I am excited to see how working with film refines and effects how I approach digital wedding photography.