God Knew

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Anecdote / Family / Portraiture

Uncle ZecaThis is my uncle Zeca, my father’s brother. Cats lover, groceries grower, home-made borderline bootleg wine producer and, in essence, a good man. Apparently he could have been a model (looks a bit like Clint Eastwood, doesn’t he?…), as I caught him whilst minding my father’s veggies garden and asked him to pose for this one. He immediately assumed the¬†position and let me take the shot. No moaning, no whining like most “prima donas” – a natural and a true professional.

The day of my father and uncle’s brother-in-law (my uncle Joaquim), funeral was a rainy one – to say the least. Actually, it was as if someone was pouring an ocean over Lisbon. I arrived quite late as most tunnels in the city had flooded due to poor water drain. Uncle Joaquim had been buried in a far hedge of the cemetery and family was then walking back to the entrance under pitiless rain. The first one I saw was uncle Zeca. He was soaking wet and mumbled to himself: “God knew Joaquim liked a few drinks… He’s honouring that with this much rain!…”.

Family members kept walking back and my father arrived ten minutes apart from his brother. Naturally soaked and frustrated, I heard him saying to himself: “Joaquim was quite a wine expert… For sure God’s signalling that!… “

God knew. They knew.

The Author

Ordinary office buffoon or, alternately, rock'n'roll soul trapped in a IT project manager body. When not fighting to deliver on time, on budget and on specification, will be chilling out with wife and daughter, enjoying a good meal accompanied with a nice wine or using his sense of aesthetic and photography training to snap some shots. And so here we are...

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