Funny story. I was out on an errand – driving in my car – and as I looked to the sidewalk, I saw this mop of hair swishing around, back and forth. Now this was hair: Full, voluptuous, boundless in its energy. Motoring closer, I could see the runner was shirtless and was pacing at a pretty good clip. About to pass, I took a look once again and noticed a supremely thick mustache, and that’s when I knew I had to photograph this guy. I gunned the gas, missed my errand stop, and pulled ahead to give me time to try and capture a few images.
Time has a funny way of speeding up when you’re in a hurry, and as I fumbled with my gear, he flew by. Now this was a month or so back, and I had a cold, felt achy, was sporting jeans and flip flops. Not the best of circumstances to catch up to a very in-shape runner, skirting construction workers building the new greenway downtown.
Leaving the car windows down, I fled after my subject. Dodging pissed-off pedestrians (must have been someone else who bumped them), yelling, “Cuidado!” to the workers ambling around, and a few winded blocks later, I stood at the corner with nothing to show for it. I couldn’t believe I lost him! I stared off down to the right, and something caught my eye. A pair of legs. Ah ha! He was adjusting his shoes on a window sill, and hidden from view.
With a lump in my stomach, I approached. “What’s up man? How you doing?” I asked. I swear, without looking up, he just raised his fist for first contact. Fist Bump. “Oh yeah…this is gonna be sweet,” I thought to myself. “I couldn’t help notice you running. You’ve got an amazing presence. The hair, the mustache, and these – What are these?” I belted out.
“Oh, these are five-fingers.” By now I felt a little serendipity going on. I had wanted to photograph a runner for a while now. The night before I had just watched a program demonstrating the benefits of running barefoot (Less injuries, less jarring, and stronger legs) And the icing on the cake? “What’s your name?” I asked hesitantly. He replied, “Todd.”
The rest is history
I have to give a big shout out to Todd for being so patient, and making this happen. He’s a busy guy, helping build the architecture for Nutshell, a management system for social networking. Along with weather delays and scheduling conflicts, it seemed like it would never happen, but we finally got it done. And the funny thing is, I didn’t even get half the photos I was thinking about! Sigh… Of all the resources, it seems time is always the limiting factor.
See you down the road.