In their song appropriately titled, "Anniversary Song," the Cowboys Junkies (my high school friends will remember) propose a question. Well, actually, they propose several questions, but this is the one I most remember:
Have you ever seen a sight as beautiful
As a face in a crowd of people
That lights up just for you?
This picture was taken in Gruene Hall, Texas' oldest dance hall. It's really difficult to explain the moment. There were probably a hundred people gathered around the long wooden tables littered with Shiner Bocks and purses and pitchers. The late afternoon light was streaming in from western most windows lighting up the specks of dust that came from the shuffles on those old floor boards. The band was wailing. There were a hundred different things to capture with my camera, but my heart just came back to this face.
This face that lit up just for me.
I've gotten this look over the years more times than I can count. I don't really know what it means- in words.
But I know how it moves my heart.
It may not win a competition- there are so many beautifully captured faces in this week's i heart faces challenge. I am fully aware that I have a lot more to learn about composition and doing the ISO/aperture/SS dance to get it all just right, but for me, this is tops.
I love this guy and his half-smile, lighting up in a crowd. Just for me.
And I wear his ring...