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Foot Traffic

Swikar Patel - The Journal Gazette
Chris Tanksley, father of seven, waits inthe shade inthe parking lot of Whutnots & Doodads for his friend Charlie Boocherto return Sunday afternoon sothey can continue troubleshooting his broken-down 1986 Ford Econoline Van.

Double Shot: It Only Costs Time

Camera: NIKON D3S

Shutter: 1/2000 s

Aperture: f/4

Exposure Setting: Manual (Pattern Metering)

ISO: 400

Strobe Flash: Did Not Fire

Lens Focal Length: 24 mm

White Balance: Auto

Shooter's Comments:

This is one of my favorite shots from the weekend. I absolutely love assignments where you get to meet people and spend time with them.

The Sunday schedule was pretty open, with no live event to shoot. So, I drove around and around hitting all of the parks looking for some features.

On my way to Foster Park, I passed Chris and Dee in front of this patriotic background. It's one of those places that I drive by all of the time wishing there was something happening in front of it. Well, Sunday was that day.

Chris' van had broken down and they were troubleshooting it, trying to fix it. I hung out with these guys for almost two hours. They were really good friends, something like 20 years and running. Dee was a musician, so we talked about music.

They were both really positive guys who had been through a lot in their lifetimes and overcame many obstacles. Chris has been in and out of prison, but has really pulled it together. He has seven children and works really hard at installing gutters to support his family. While they were waiting for their friend Charlie to come back with an electrical tester, Chris decided to go sit in the shade, which is when I made this picture. Actually, Chris gave me this picture.

This job is all about building relationships and once that's done, the subject gives you something, and that is what Chris did. I'm a big fan of quiet moments and I think it really shows a weathered soul.

- Swikar Patel, Photojournalist