|Photo by Gunnar Langfahl|
Not surprisingly, several of the interviewees gazed out of the window at various points while considering their answers, as if seeking inspiration from the loveliness outside. When asked, at the end, do you have any questions for us? one simply gestured and asked is it always this lovely? (The answer, sadly, is no, it only lasts a short time)
I too found myself looking out of the window a lot when we met to make our final decision. And my eye was caught by one particular bud which seemed to be wearing sunglasses! He looked a cheeky chappie (and yes, he was definitely a he - a bud rather than a little flower!); a cartoon character with a jaunty air. I pointed him out to the students deliberating with me, and one of them took a photo through the window with his phone. Thank God he did, because when I eventually returned the next day with my camera, he had cast off his shades and joined the crowd of blossoms. No longer a cheeky chappie, he now blended in with the rest.
And that, it seems, is an effect of growth and progress...
|Shades in close-up - from Gunnar's photo|