“He deserves Paradise who makes his companions laugh.”
Amber and I talked about trying this hole-in-the-wall-on-many-a-street-corner location several times. We never managed to actually go photograph it. Until yesterday.
Most days when we have downtime in between jobs, we do a lot of this:
Yesterday our coffee drinking was in a location that lacked the ambiance of certain chain-store establishments that we always intend to quit going to in favor of a local mom and pop. That intention didn’t really work out yesterday. We wanted the reds and browns and greens and cold of the aforementioned spot… or a mom and pop that had it’s own kind of sit-around-and-talk pull. So we walked and talked instead. And stumbled upon a laundromat.
I can’t decide which of these photos I like better… am playing with processing a lot these days.
One thing led to another, and we started taking photos of each other… and attempting to get a photo of the two of us together. In order to do that, one of us posed between some dryers so the other could focus the camera, which we set on a row of washing machines. Our cameras have ten-second timers, so whoever was focusing the camera hit the button to take the photo and then had to make a run for it. In order to get both of us in the shot, we had to set the camera behind a row of dryers in the middle of the laundromat. So the photo attempt involved one of us running a half-lap around the laundromat. Not laughing was impossible. We laughed and laughed and laughed.
And I love these photos.
Here’s the one of the two of us all by itself. Life requires a lot of moments like this to keep the sweetness near the surface even when things are crazy.
Once a week I walk with my friend Heather, and on our walk yesterday morning, we talked about the premium we place on friendships that include laughter. I thought about that a lot, as one of the things I loved about being in Toronto is the amount of laughter that goes on among my friends there. Amber and I found ourselves laughing yesterday, not at anyone or out of sarcasm or because of awkwardness or inappropriate humor… We laughed because in the middle of our work day, we had a little nonsense, a little play. I think one of my resolutions for 2009 is to laugh more and with more people.
Amber took some photos of me too. It was a good day.