Monday, April 18, 2011
The End of the World as We Know it
I'm not sure what the big deal was. I mean, I drove, two or three times, past Liberty (actually her name is Donna) waving at passing traffic giving them a warning that this was their last chance to file their taxes. I was racked with indecision regarding the simply act of making the photo.
For the past few years I've been telling myself. "I need to make a photo of these people dressed up like Liberty." And this year I final did it. I've made a couple photos using the Hipstamatic app., but they haven't really struck a cord with me. So, today as I drove past Donna holding her sign. It just struck me, "0 DAYS LEFT." Somehow it seemed more poignant than what the sign actually was referring to. And even more meaningful that I couldn't seem to motivate myself to shoot the photo.
I'm glad I finally stopped to make the photo. I enjoyed talking to Donna. She told me how much she'd enjoyed her job. "They've just been so nice to me. Just so nice!" I asked her if the company she works for had prepared her taxes for her. "I suppose they would've, for free too. But, I didn't really work much last year."
I asked Donna what she was going to do tomorrow. "I guess I need to find another job." Now I know why I didn't want to stop. I hope Donna finds a job, one where they treat her nice.