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Gallant man kissing woman's hand | by DMC_1999
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Gallant man kissing woman's hand

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August 1986 I was walking downtown Montreal when I spotted an old woman making her way on a small path. I was aiming and trying to see if there was a picture to make. Then a man who was sleeping on the grass, woke up and waved at her. She stopped on her track, shifted her bag to her left hand, and presented him her free hand. He grabbed it and kissed it. I took only one picture.

 

She took her bag back, and kept walking her way, while the man leaned back on his elbow. I turned around to my friend, asking her if she had seen what I had photographed, but she was looking elsewhere. I scanned the area to look if someone else had witnessed this incredible moment, but life was going around me and no one had noticed anything. I didn't have the same reflexes at the time, so I never got to ask them their name. This was before the Duclos Judgement in Quebec which now prohibits the publication of a picture taken in public without the written consent of the person appearing in the picture. (If anybody recognizes them, please contact me.)

 

Even though it's one of my first picture, I still thinks it's one of the most significant one.

 

Taken with a Nikon FE and a Vivitar Zoom lens on Kodak Tri-X pan 35mm film processed manually. I scanned the original negative, adjusted the contrast and removed the dust with Photoshop.

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Taken on August 25, 1986