Back in August on a Sunday morning, I had an early morning appointment on Harrison Ave. Normally, I would take the train to Back Bay and walk down to Harrison, but for no reason at all, I decide to change my routine by getting off at Broadway.
The day is in its infancy. I'm feeling cranky and knackered. I know that I need caffeine and sustenance. Thankfully, Sophia's Cafe on West Broadway is open. As I wait for my breakfast burrito, I notice about half a dozen black and white photos on the walls. Curious, I approach. Definitely, street photography style. Jules Aarons. Never heard of him.
A few taps on my Crackberry reveals that he was a physicist/engineer who developed a strong interest in photography. After seeing just a few of Mr. Aaron's pictures, I'm really intrigued. I'm not sure if he's still alive. But if he is, I'll try to meet him. I imagine it would be like meeting Willy Ronis (would love to have met him) or Boogie.
I believe that all three of the pictures above are taken in the North End. The Boston Public Library has a catalogue of his work for sale.
Hands down one of my favorite surprises in life is to discover a new photographer who refreshes my view of the world.