A sunny afternoon in Bristol

She’s reading a book and he’s on his phone. They might just be reading the same novel. It could be

“The Picture of Dorian Grayscale.”

My brother Ramón.

Ramon calls me “hermano” because of our shared faith. I’ve told him some of my personal burdens, and he always has an encouraging word. Our family has strong connections, so when I caught him with the sun on his face as he waited for his grandson by the school gate, I knew he was genuinely glad to see me.

I’ve asked Ramón if I could take a portrait of him and his wife, but he is busy helping with grandchildren, so I may have to settle for this.

Woman with bicycle

She and her husband travel around Europe on bicycles, returning home to earn enough money to leave again.  I encountered them at a Christmas fair in Rincón de la Victoria, near Málaga, just back from a trip through France.

Old man with cane/ Málaga, Spain

I was embarrassed to ask this man to take his picture. His face was half paralyzed as if from a stroke, but he was willing and even looked off to one side when I asked.

A few weeks later I returned with a print to give as thanks. This time a woman approached me and asked what I wanted. I told her I was returning a favor, asked if she was his wife. She replied “more or less”. I’m still trying to figure that one out.