I met my best friend on Flickr.
Yep, we met online, on the internet, over Flickr. For some people it’s not so hard to believe but more than a few people have looked at us askance. After all, we’re both adult women. She’s lived her whole life in Australia, and I’ve always lived here in the States, and before the first time we met at LAX, neither one of us had ever crossed the Pacific. But somehow we knew, through all those tubes and cat .gifs, across all those miles of ocean, that we were kindred spirits. Maybe it was luck.
On her very first visit, we took a road trip. Both of us are huge fans of road trips, and we made a special stop at the Monterey Bay Aquarium. From the moment we walked in, both of us were chin-on-the-floor, eyes-aglow, full-stares-of-delight happy. I turned to her and said, “It’s like we get to be five years old for a day.”
We spent a long time watching the school of sardines swim in the kelp forest, the flash of their silvery bodies slicing through the blues and greeny-yellows. We took photo after photo. Then my friend handed her Hasselblad to me and asked if I wanted to take a shot or two. I pressed the lens up against the window and waited for the school of sardines to make that turn one last time. I hit the shutter, hearing the always satisfying ka-thunk of the ‘blad’s mirror slap.
Maybe it was luck.
Setup: Hasselblad 500 c/m, Kodak Portra 160v/c, handheld, lab processed, scanned at home