This post is the fourth of a 12-part photo challenge for 2016 to capture “personality” on the street. This challenge is inspired by Valerie Jardin‘s podcast This Week in Photos: Street Focus, the episode “2016 Resolutions,” featuring Marco Larousse.
I have once again failed my mission to get out on the streets and take photos whenever I can. Too many salads made and not enough back strength to carry everything I need for my day (a girl’s got to pack her lunch and carry her laptop!). But, of the two times I did go out this month I was both disappointed at my lack of ability to adjust the lighting as I desired and impressed by the never-ending array of juxtapositions and odd phrases twisted together in some sort of disgusting fashion aimed at ingenuity.
I didn’t have to walk from my job as a salad maker to find this picture, taken of the window of Bromley & Co, provocative and colorful decor label based in Melbourne. To be fair, this man’s not a real person, so I’m not capturing live personality, but his beer belly, relaxed but not tired eyes and unabashed balding say anything but without personality.
He could your caring father, you sexist boss or your annoyingly judgmental neighbor. He’s curious and well rested, as if he just popped out of bed and is about to dive into a giant bowl of Frosted Flakes while he listens to the news of Trump’s latest win. He doesn’t tell anyone, but sometimes he waxes his eyebrows at the Chinese-run nail salon at Spencer and La Trobe. They all notice anyway.
Lately, he’s been playing around with foundation and bronzer. No one noticed, until one day they did. He wiped his mouth on his napkin at lunch and instead of putting it back on his lap, he set it on the table. He stood up to go to the bathroom, his bulgy stomach hitting the edge of his plate and almost staining his white shirt with red sauce. After he left, the eyes of his lunch companions were drawn in all at once to his brown powder-stained napkin. Their heads lifted after a few moments of silence, and without a word exchanged, they all collectively understood why he always looked so rejuvenated.