While I was in Wellington recently I visited Len, my father-in-law, at his retirement home.
At times these visits are difficult. It is sad to see a previously active man as restricted as he is. Even in his younger days Len was not a great talker, so, while he is keen to hear our family news, conversation can often dry up quite quickly.
But this visit was different.
I had just had some sushi for lunch, I commented on it and asked Len if he had flown in Japan.
Len spent many years as a navigator in both the RAF and the RNZAF. He flew on Sunderland flying boats for much of his operational career. He had flown in Japan shortly after World War 2 and he began to tell me stories of his deployments. Once he started he just kept talking, only pausing occasionally to remember details and answer my questions. It was fascinating.
I had my small camera with me and I asked if he would mind if I made a portrait. This picture will always be a reminder of a special visit.