Suddenly we were approached by two mostly naked but wonderfully US patriotic body painted girls who surrounded David to pose for a photo. “Well if you insist, this is my lucky day!” said David eagerly as he handed a few dollars to the girls. Anna laughed and happily snapped away. If you look at the photo carefully (in the background!!!) you can see were also photo bombed by a thumbs-up kind of guy.
We spotted some mounted New York City policemen, chatted with them and they willing offered to photograph us in front of mounted officers. Beside the their cool Bronx accents we chuckled as they has had missed us with the patriotic women just a few moments before.Central Park
On another visit to New York, we were offered cake in Central Park. Traveling with your camera helps make friends fast! We were strolling New York’s vast Central Park at 9am on a sunny October Friday and paused at the majestic Bethesda fountain to savour the view and brisk air.
Anna spotted a young couple sporting a cute little black and white paper bag shouting “Happy F**king Birthday” in bold letters. She asked if she could photograph the bag to add to our “funny signs of the World” collection and they said yes.
“It’s Rachael’s birthday today and she is my best friend” smiled a handsome young man named Allison “ have some birthday cake!”
From the naughty bag came a partially eaten fancy cake topped with burnt out candles, and napkins, plastic forks and a knife. We were suddenly gorging on double chocolate with creamy icing. Yummy!! We quickly shared taking photos of each other with our cameras while others around us laughed at the impromptu celebration in the park.
We love photographing people we don’t know, a subject covered in a recent Blog post.
We learned they are both Brazilian – he from Sao Paulo living in Boston and arrived just an hour ago to spend just a few hours that day with Rachael a native of Salvador de Bahia and living in New York City. They were clearly not “just friends” but were willing to share their joy with a crazy outgoing couple at least 35 years their senior. (but act much younger?)
We strolled along and chatted together for while and when they learned we had visited and loved Salvador de Bahia just a year or so ago they immediately invited us to stay with them on our next trip there and we reciprocated and exchanged email addresses with glee. The two couples parted ways with big smiles and affectionate hugs and we pondered how this could all happen in just 30 minutes without a camera to create such an instant bond between strangers – another life lesson from a camera.
About the Authors. David and Anna Smith are World travel & fine art photographers, Bloggers, photography and fabric arts workshop leaders, key note speakers and cruise ship guest lecturers, Their world image archive: Interface Images and Celebrate the World fine art gallery. David has just published a brand new series of online travel and general photography courses, visit their blog Travel Photography Tips & Adventures for more