I made this photograph while vacationing on Lake Michigan in 2016. This was my first foray back into the world of film photography since the mid 1990’s. I had recently begun an online friendship with a group of photographers who were shooting film. Their sharing their experiences made me want to get back to my roots.
While walking the beach I noticed an elderly couple taking in the restorative powers of the lake. I snapped a few frames of the woman as she stooped to collect rocks from the lake shore. They were nice frames, one of which I used for a New Year’s card. The gentleman, however, seemed to have a certain character that caught my attention immediately. It may have been his slight limp which caused me to pause, or the gentle way in which he carried himself.
I shot several frames hoping to capture his personality. Instead, I feel I’ve captured his recollection of life in this one frame. His looking back gesture suggests to me his careful review of life gone by. Perhaps he is pondering past mistakes, wondering what he could do to make things right, if anything. Or, wishing he had done some things that he never got around to doing. Not being fully independent as he once was, he supports his weakened frame with a golf club. The lake, it’s the world around him, void of the complications and roadblocks of yesterday. He’s near the end, now. Recollecting.