August 25, 2016
Fili and Merlin are buskers. I caught them having a break in their respective acts, opposite each other in the town of Witney. Merlin is English and very chatty. Fili spoke broken English, and seemed happy to sit while Merlin ensured there was no break in the conversation. It was a hot day by UK standards – high 20s – and Merlin delighted in showing me a photo [on his phone] of him performing and told me that when he’d picked up the coins in his guitar case they were too hot to handle. They thought it was hilarious when I gave them each a 50p coin and pointed out that my money wasn’t hot! I’m not certain that Fili caught on, but he was quick to follow Merlin’s lead.
In winter Merlin heads to Spain where he has friends and family who accommodate and feed him for the winter, for free. He assured me that drugs were cheap there too. With a smile, I assured him the information was wasted on me! He wasn’t in the least bit offended so I asked if I could photograph them and Merlin immediately dropped to a crouch and threw his arm around Fili’s shoulders. Fili didn’t seem to mind. 🙂
For my future reference, as much as anything, I must add that this is the first image I’ve shared on aGathering that I shot after I ‘got over’ my abnormal fear of asking people if I could photograph them. I’m looking forward to sharing with you some of the portraits I have captured since. Actually, that’s a bit of an understatement, but still nothing compared to how I feel about what lies ahead. I AM SO EXCITED!!!!!