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Updated 06 September 2008:

The primary tale guiding this shot is fascinating ample.

In May perhaps, whilst functioning on my Strangers venture at the pub, I might just finished pulling some prints when I noticed this bearded fellow strolling together the sidewalk. I created a speedy introduction right after contacting him again to discuss with me, then requested if he would be prepared to sit for a speedy portrait in just the pub’s lobby.

He agreed. When he spoke, a great NY accent flooded the air all over us. I requested in which he was from, and he replied he was a retired FDNY South Bronx firefighter, in town to assistance his daughter uncover a residence, and so forth., as she had moved to our metropolis.

I was so fired up at possessing noticed this man with the outstanding beard and his agreeing to sit for me that I slipped up and allow him get away from me before the prints had formulated. Nervously, I peeled the prints to see what I had. Luckily, one of the two was ideal.

He explained to me his identify my anxious mind buggered what I heard, and Ted Scott turned Tommy Scott. I’ve dreaded permitting him get away devoid of some kind of make contact with information. I did fall a contacting card on him, but I often do not listen to again from people.

Before this 7 days, a woman contacted me about Ted’s portrait. Via her e-mails, I relearned the man’s identify. I also realized that Ted is not just a retiree he’s a guy suffering from the effects of currently being at ground-zero on the working day of the WTC attacks.

Fairly than paraphrase, I am going to article the tale as acquired:


Ted settled his daughter into U of Arkansas and got all that down but I’m sorry to report he came down with a lung an infection and has been spending pretty a little bit of time in the clinic. He is at Duke and they are sort of possessing a difficult time figuring out what’s heading on. I’m not sure how much he explained to you of his daily life in New York but he was a fire fighter for 24 yrs with forty two Truck in the South Bronx. A couple of yrs ago he went again for the re-commitment of his fire dwelling in the Bronx. Individuals boys had conquer on that position for pretty a number of yrs so it wanted a small sprucing up. So it just so comes about they had the re-commitment and the following working day was 9-eleven. Ted was not on the preliminary call but went down to the firehouse as before long as he could get by means of the worry in the metropolis and stayed at the fire dwelling for the following 7 days or so and ran down to appear for individuals each working day. Ted has not been in very good health ever since he
was all over all that chaos. So which is what every person is thinking in the again of their head as significantly as his condition. It appears to be a large amount of first responders are suffering with various respiratory diseases. Ted has usually hated health professionals and hospitals and would never ever carefully appear into his condition. So right here we are. I’m really glad you ran into Ted when you did. I uncover photographs a quite important component of documenting daily life. So hopefully he’ll recuperate and you’ll run into him wandering about again!

This venture is currently being shot completely on Fujifilm FP-100C instantaneous movie, making use of a Mamiya RB67 Pro-S fastened with a Polaroid again.

I am grateful for your continued assistance.

Finest needs,

Posted by Nelson Foto | Shutter to Think on 2008-05-24 23:28:02

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