I guess it is no surprise that I like barber shops, as they are full of mirrors! I passed this very busy barber shop in Lucca, and was trying to nod “Buongiorno” in the door and point at my camera to suggest I shoot an image from the doorway.
I thought I got a yes – and I have been wrong before – so I took a shot. Then he waved at me and I thought I was wrong and said I was sorry and started to move on. But he came after me! And pulled be back in and told me to just start shooting away! With body language of course since I don’t speak Italian! He showed me a photo of his friend on the wall and pointed to a man sitting with sunglasses on, close to the doorway. I assume he was a local celebrity of some kind.
The customers also started laughing when the man in the window got upset, so I felt they – along with me – ganged up on him. So in the second image the barber is MAKING him pose for me :-)
In the beginning I was so focused on getting my shots but now I become more and more fascinated by the stories, and sometimes forget shooting!