I like to take long walks on the aqueduct and sometimes by the Hudson River. Usually, I take my camera and take random shots of birds, flora, the river, pebbles and even the Tappan Zee bridge. Last week, I drove to the water front, parked my car, grabbed my camera and headed for the quiet pathway.
About thirty minutes later or so, a huge white stretch limo pulled up and out hopped five young men in black pants,waistcoats and electric blue shirts. I assumed they were headed for the condo building by the river and turned back to my task. But then, I heard applause… Turning back, my gaze registered a beautiful young woman, petite, jet black hair, confident carriage and a coy smile… dressed in an elegant blue ballgown with a white fur shrug/bolero jacket draped over her shoulders. The young men circled her, cackling, flirting and teasing her. She was game and flirted back. There was an electricity in the air; the quiet mood of the pathway suddenly elevated by this party of eight.
“It’s the little details that are vital. Little things make big things happen.” John Wooden
The Lady in Blue, very much a modern day Princess Blue, picked up the bottom of her long full gown, flicked her head back in that defiant way only actresses and models seem able to do well, paused for a moment and then with her five handsome escorts and two photographers in tow, headed for the river for a photo shoot. I watched them closely as they posed, strutted and twirled, moving from one end of the pathway, facing the Tappan Zee Bridge, to the other end, facing the lighthouse.
The photographers took turns instructing their young charges on the next pose; one minute it was the sophisticated princess look, the next the playful Lolita with a few gangsta gestures tossed into the mix… Something drew me in and it didn’t take long before, I too, like one or two other gawkers on the trail, followed the group from spot to spot, camera ready, taking shots like a stalking paparazzi; pretending to be a fashion photog for ___ Soon, I was channeling my inner Annie Leibovitz, albeit without the sophisticated equipment, and lighting staff to boot. More below!
“The true secret of happiness lies in taking a genuine interest in all the details of daily life.” William Morris
From what I heard others saying, this was a coming of age outing, a Quincenera, a celebration of the transition from child to young adult; and a time fraught with experimentation and exuberance. But she seemed tougher than that, mature in the way she dealt with the young men gushing over her. At one point, emboldened by the excitement of it all, I suggested (imagine the audacity) the photographers let her keep her jacket on and face the river… after all, it was quite cold out. They agreed!
An hour later, the photo shoot was over and they gathered together to leave. As she walked by me, I asked, “What are we celebrating…?” She smiled at me and said in a strong voice with a hint of Spanish, “My Sweet fifteen!” I congratulated her. With that last comment playing over and over in my head, I took a last shot of her and her well dressed entourage, and then stood there watching them as they strolled back to the stretch limo and drove off, probably to a party somewhere in town. I replayed the whole scene in my head, remembering my own youth. God bless her heart lucky lady… I never had a sweet fifteen. Darn it! God was in the details. Stay Inspired. Have a blessed day and thank you for stopping by!
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Happy 2013! This post was inspired by a prompt from WP Daily Post: Writing Challenge: The Devil is in the Details Your challenge this week is to practice your powers of observation. Take any person, place, or event, and write three paragraphs describing your subject in great detail. Here are three scenes to get you thinking — feel welcome to choose one or more of these scenes and riff off of it, or create your own:A woman walks into a restaurant. Imagine this scene and capture every detail you can in a few paragraphs. Describe the woman: is she old, young, or in-between? What type of restaurant is it: fancy, casual, or a diner? What is she doing? Pack as much detail as you can into a few paragraphs that will help us imagine this woman clearly
Positive Motivation Tip: Jump into each day with a spirit of adventure… Celebrate all your years and create new memories where none exists. LIVE! :-)
PHOTO CREDITS/ATTRIBUTIONS: All Photos: From my Personal Collection
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