I received an email from RoxAnne this week (she is the one smiling in the photo with Mark) – letting me know that Mark Barker passed away last Sunday (5-3-2015). (My first post with Mark is
here.) So I would like to start this post with a tribute to Mark. I was hoping to interview Mark sometime later this year, and Jennifer sent me a cool outline for interviews, but it just was not meant to be….
So…. Rest In Peace Old Timer. The world is a better place from all that you did with TV in Central Florida, from your work in North Carolina, and from the MANY people you impacted with your smooth demeanor and caring heart. I am so glad I had the chance to meet you earlier this year —- our encounter was brief, but I am better because of it. Also, thanks to you RoxAnne for staying in touch. I am sending you and all of Mark’s family my heartfelt condolences.
– also, Mark was a jazz music fan, so Here is the Orlando Sentinel’s article about Mark Barker BB King jammin’ here is The Thrill is Gone in 1993.
Part 2: Ten More Street Shots From Florida 2015
This is Eric – I took 6 photos of Eric in February and I emailed him the pics this week. In this collage, I combined 3 of the pics to highlight one of his boards – and with all that wax, I just have to link to Narami’s
texture week #19.
I took these photos a few months ago – and the one on the left reminded me (a bit) of Sally’s “high key” discussion – check it out HERE – it is a very interesting post.
This is Chris. I really like the way the yellow circles look on the glass behind him – with his hat, sunglasses, soft smile, smoke, and crossed leg. I think he is homeless, buy I am not positive. He was sitting outside of the store and we started chatting as I was taking some tree photos. He was watching a Smithsonian show on his digital device. Again, I am not positive he is homeless, but he talked about sleeping on the beach and there were other hints. I insisted he let buy him a Publix sub. He said no the first two times, but then when he said yes he had a custom order to blurt out. ha! It turned out that the sub maker was quite rude (lower right) – the guy seemed highly inconvenienced. If I did not promise Chris a sub, I would have walked out and joined my Aunt who was down in the plaza getting Chinese take out. It all worked out fine – but crabby workers leave a lasting impression. However, nice people also leave an impression – and a big thanks to Chris for his sweetness.
This is Lea. I was glad when she said that I could take her picture. I took about 6 photos – real quick like – and later at home when I saw the photos – I was surprised!
I was with my second cousin when I took this photo of Renee, who was sharing samples and recipes. It seems like every time I visit this cousin in Tampa – we end up at the store together at least once. We talk, we shop, we laugh…. and this photo of Renee serving up some Tuscan steak reminds me of the joy I feel when I visit this particular family. Traveling is so tiring – especially when we make the rounds to see this one and that one, but in the end — it is food for the soul.
This lady had the coolest story to share about her work and the customers she encountered. I did not have time to take notes or record her sharing, but she was so detail orientated and on top of her game. Someday I would like to do a “series” on people and their work – but for this encounter – I just listened – enjoyed – and grabbed a few photos.
Another shot from Ybor City…the people in the left photo each have such a unique feel.
Such a nice store clerk. The mural in the background is of the Florida manatee.
The rain was coming down as we checked out this Mexican restaurant. I like the bright colors of the building and this pic is linked to lingering windows.
This is Carlos. This is my favorite street shot connection from Florida this year because Carlos is so cool. We had one of those conversations that was fueled by chemistry – you know, where you click because you see the world thorough a similar lens. We talked about family, NYC, and the space program. I did get a tiny bit of video, not sure how/if that project will unfold, but thanks so much to Carlos for the convo on that early, rainy morning!
That is all I have for today, which is part of my “catching up posts” this month. Please let me know if you have a favorite from today?
Have a nice Friday – and if you are in the mood for some more street shots,
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