Yeah, an old man takes a look at his life but with a superb artist like Ameena to show him the way. Ameena likes these shots; she likes the darkness and they are dark, in both colour and mood. And yet, the shoot was uplifting as has always been the case with Ameena. This is the fourth time she has photographed me - she sent me a message suggesting that it was time for another shoot which coincided with Asia Werbel approaching me to take part in her @12smallpieces project where she would photograph me on Skype.
As always, Ameena's response was positive and enthusiastic although she had doubts about the likely quality of the photographs but I love the grainy texture which seems to hark back to the old prints of movies such as "The Dead" (John Huston 1987) and to place me in another age.
Also, for some reason, the words of Neil Young's plangent song "Old Man" come to mind -
Old man, look at my life,
I'm a lot like you were...
And I am a lot like I used to be except for a deep seated anxiety which I don't seem able to shake off in its almost daily conflict with my desire to 'go further' on my journey of discovery of my true self. Is this of any interest or importance in today's world? I dunno but it can be interesting trying to find answers and shoots with Ameena (and the others) offering a different perspective help enormously.
Apart from that, Ameena is jolly good fun to work with. We have enjoyed a very relaxed friendship from the start. She is perceptive and knowledgeable with a good sense of humour. She can be serious though and her direction is clear and astute.