Photo #2: Portrait of Liza

Yesterday, we saw the beauty and majesty of a servant's heart personified in the placement of a newly constructed bench for all of its occupants to enjoy.

Today, I explore the unexpected moments that can happen aboard a Jolly Jump if you are simply prepared to shoot as well as being in the right place at the right time.

Anacleto Rapping once said,

“Don't forget to look behind you, you never know when that one great shot may be in the stands and not on the field.”

I have tried to keep this adage before me as I take pictures. I was busily taking pictures of the kids coming up the ladder on the Jolly Jump and then rocketing down the slides, when I needed a moment to re-calibrate my creative juices.

As I was getting my ab workout in while trying to maintain my balance aboard the Jolly Jump, I looked at Liza and took this picture.

Canon 5D/2, 35mm, 1/100 @F/5.0, ISO 100

As quickly as this photographic moment appeared, it disappeared just as quickly as a flurry of kids made their way up the ladder.

Liza was one of our interpreters in Pskov, Russia. She partnered with Will, and I often caught Liza helping the little kids up the Jolly Jump or giving them a gentle push down the slide. Somedays you could see Liza helping Will with the sound system or resting under the shade tree while Will was in the mix with the water balloon games. She displayed her servant's heart through the painting of stairwells and jungle gyms, and hanging out with the kids.

While this photograph was originally shot in color, the sepia tone adds a complex and introspective feel. The contemplation on her face was only present for a few brief moments, before she was jolted back to reality.

All the right elements were present to make this portrait outstanding. The sunlight, which was high in the sky, was diffused by the mesh that covered the upper sections of the Jolly Jump. Her eyes lost somewhere in the distance invite the viewer to join her in her contemplation, and the simplicity of the background brings Liza front and center.

I hope you have enjoyed today's photograph and the story behind my portrait of Liza.

Do you find yourself wondering what she is thinking about? You can leave a comment here.

[This post is part of my Top 25 Summer Trip Pics series.]

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