Streets of Porto #2 (and a story about a dog)

I warned in a previous post that more photographs of Porto were coming. I don’t have much to say about them, though. I’m quite happy that I tried to be a bit bolder and photograph some strangers. My favorite photo of this bunch is definitely the one with the couple (second to last).

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All these are in downtown Porto, and all were taken with Zoe, my Zenit TTL.

I do have a somewhat funny story about the second picture, the one with the dog. I had like 4 photos left in a roll and I had to go to my lab’s area to run some other errands so I decided to take Zoe and spend those last few photos while running those errands, and then stop by the lab and leaving the roll to be developed. I took the 4 photos and the film advance lever still turned, so I thought “okay, I have maybe a couple more, cool” and kept shooting. I took 3, maybe 4 more photos and the lever still turned to advance the film. It was around this time that I found the dog, resting right next to the sign that says ‘a house is not a home without a dog’. I took a picture and was so glad that I still had film to capture it! I kept walking around, taking 4, 5, 6 more photographs… and that’s when I started to get very suspicious. I mean, it wouldn’t be out of the ordinary for me to miscalculate how many shots I had left in the roll, but an error of more than 10 photos was too ridiculous!

So, I found a darker spot and opened my camera… and the roll was dislodged. Which meant that every time I was turning the lever, the film wasn’t advancing. And you know what that meant? You guessed it: all those photos I took after the film dislodged didn’t exist. I left the roll in the lab to be developed, still hoping that some of the pictures had survived, but alas, it was not meant to be. The last photo I actually took with that roll was basically the first one of that day. I was heartbroken, I liked the photos I’d taken, but especially because of the dog! A few days later, I was again walking around that part of town with Zoe and I took a detour through that street just to see if the dog was there, but no luck. I gave up and thought I’d never ever get an opportunity like that again. And then, one sunny day, I was gonna meet a friend I hadn’t seen in a long time and I took Zoe with me to take some pictures of my friend. The way to the coffeeshop where we were meeting involved passing through that same street. And you wanna know who was there? You already know, because you’ve already seen the photograph, but that’s right! The dog! Exactly in the same spot, resting against the window with the exact same sign! I was so happy that I took two almost identical photographs, just in case something went wrong with one of them. I can’t say it’s a very good photograph, but I absolutely love it!

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