Location: Christchurch airport (NZ), 2013.
I was working in the duty free shop. In between selling drinks and smokes to the departing persons, my actual role was to manage the tech area. My shift was 4am-11am and that was the most boring time to be working in an airport!
In this frame time, only 4 flights were taking off and most of the travellers were just buying beverages and smokes or just passing by.
Trying to open a cool conversation with any of the customers is quite a hard task to do, especially early morning. Trust me on this one!
That day, a dude was looking at the cameras.
I stepped froward and opened the conversation:
(Me) - Hi there, how is it going?
(Him) - Good, I mean it’s early morning but I feel alright. What about you?
I could tell him that I was miserable and this place was annoying, that I’d rather be back to my place and forget about all of this place and what was happening here. But really, it wasn’t appropriate so I simply carried on and said:
(Me) - I’m fantastic! Can I help you with something?
(Him) - Not really, I was just looking. I’m a photographer myself and I like to be updated about the new stuff.
Since he was a brother form the photographic middle, the conversation went on for about 30 minutes. During the exchange, I got to know that he was American, actually from Dallas, Texas and was flying back home after a little stay in New Zealand.
The call for his flight was just made and he was time for him to go, he saluted me and while leaving, handed me his professional card.
As I watched him going, I barely looked at the card and red:
"Dan Brown, photographer. Dallas, Texas, USA".
And as I flicked it over:
"I SHOOT PEOPLE".
Vince boisgard (France).