I’ve been bored today and it was very sunny outside, but way too hot in my living room. It was hot outside too, but not that hot. I wanted to walk outside, and after that I wanted to visit my mother. But today I didn’t want to leave the city, I wanted to try something new in photography. I had the idea already yesterday, I thought I need to take some photos of cars because I barely have some in my library.
I thought it would be pretty easy. Just look for a car dealer in the city and take photos of the cars. And you know what? It really could be easy, but the issue is that they park their cars right next to each other, and when I noticed this, all the possibilities I had in my mind shrunk right away. I am talking about different angles, and how to frame the cars. But now I noticed the only really good photos you get are those shot of the front, unless you want to have other cars on the photo as well, to name one issue. The price labels behind the front window can be an issue too.
I’m not complaining, because I know they want to sell cars and it’s not a fashion show for cars on their parking lot. For them, it’s about quantity. Anyway, I shot a couple of photos and continues on my way. What I planned to do did not work out well. But then I visited my mother and we took her dog outside. On our way we met one of her neighbors and my mother asked him something like “How is the old guy doing?” and even after he replied I couldn’t understand what they are talking about, because I actually thought they talk about his dad or any other old person.
I continued to listen but then it became more clear. My mother knew that her neighbor was working on an old Opel Kadett, and he just calls the car “old guy”. Then he told my mother that he was on a oldtimer meeting, and that’s where my mother replied while pointing with the finger at me “That would be something for my son, he’s taking photographs but wants to try something new, like car photography”. He then looked at me and said “Yeah, sure, we can go together next time, next event would be in September!”. My mother would be interested to see old cars too, and he said he will inform us.
So, yeah, sometimes you plans don’t work out well, but in another moment you get new opportunities related to what you planned to do. Life is funny sometimes, isn’t it? But as someone who grew up in Germany, I am not shy to say that you need to curb the anticipation if you make plans with strangers. Because in reality, Germans talk much and make a lot of plans, but that doesn’t mean that they will be there if the day has come. I don’t know him well, I am just speaking about my experiences. But at the end it doesn’t matter to us if we go with him, because we can also do that alone. If he likes to do it, we’d go with him, otherwise we did at least learn from him that there are about four oldtimer meetings in our city per year. That’s something I am looking forward to.