Lennart the Sailing Racer
February 6, 2015 - single portrait
The wind was so cold this morning I couldn’t hold my camera properly, risking to drop it on the rocks of a wavebreaker. When I walked to the nearby harbor, the Ijsselmeer lake looked very angry, the coast was deserted, the beach café closed till Spring, and I thought my chances to meet someone were narrowed down to the dune rabbits.
But hey, just when I was about to give up to the razor-sharp wind and turn back, I spotted two young guys fixing one of the yachts. “Team Heiner” the name was, so I came closer to find out. I have to give it to the boys: they never stopped doing whatever they were doing, and we had a short conversation while they were fixing something beyond my technical abilities. During that little chat I took a few distant shots of two really shy young men. Mostly, listening to them, I felt how proud they were.
They were proud like men are proud, of what they do. Guus and Lennart were proud of their connection to one of the top sailing companies in the Netherlands. (That I found out when came home and googled it) Still fiddling with their screwdrivers, the young men told me about their yachts, and the races, and about The Sailing Academy, and training, three weekends in a month, and the Games, too. Wow. I mean… I’ve been walking past those yachts for seven years, and it took two strangers to make it all personal to me. I felt that kind of excitement and joy I feel every time when I am around passionate people doing what they love to do. I am very grateful for such moments, because then my own passion starts making more sense.
I am also grateful to Lennart, who agreed to come closer so I could take the shot for 100 Strangers. I told him I would send the picture to my daughter. No, just kiddin.
Thank you, Lennart.