As a travel photographer, some of my most prized photographs are captured as I find people going about what they do in the normal course of their day.
I captured this gentleman taking a late-morning smoke break in Barcelona, Spain.
As he exhaled a puff from his cigarette, he sat down on what appeared to be a plastic milk crate and simultaneously cast a glance in my direction. Through my telescopic lens, I noticed his furled eyebrow and I became a little concerned that he might be perturbed that I was snapping a photograph of his moment of relaxation.
Thankfully, the next frame found him turned away and not paying me more than a moments notice.
I’ve learned that facial expressions change rather significantly from one second to the next. I think in this case, I caught him thinking, “who is this guy and why is he snapping my picture”.
I have no idea what this gentleman might be doing today in Barcelona, but I’m thankful to him for sharing with me this very small moment in his life.
Bio: The Roaming Boomers is a luxury travel blog spotlighting experience, adventure, learning and exploration. David and Carol Porter, Michigan natives who retired to Scottsdale, started the project in 2008 after the market collapse took away almost half of the savings they’d carefully put together to be able to retire at age 50.
The couple combined their years of entrepreneurship with a love of travel and set off to see if they could build success. The Roaming Boomers do occasionally accept free lodging, food and other gifts, but disclose that in their posts. They hope to build an audience of Baby Boomers who join them vicariously on their adventures. But they also hope to instill their love of travel so that the coming bubble of 79 million Boomers will join them.