Last week, while shooting Occupy Philly images at Philadelphia’s City Hall, I shared my business card with an older man with whom I had been engaged in deep conversation about Philadelphia’s storied past. He was part of a contingent of anti-war protesters who were there to protest the US’ occupation of Afghanistan, etc.
He paused for a second…looked at me, then at the card, and then back at me.
And then he said (and I’m paraphrasing here) that my image reminded him of a picture of Cassius Clay (now Muhammad Ali). We went back and forth about the circumstances behind his name change, etc….and then, I responded by saying really, I guess this young man was channeling the energy and intensity of “The Greatest” without really knowing it. I’m sure he probably wasn’t aware of this, and neither had I, I remarked.
So, this older gentleman whom I met at Occupy Philly told me to “google images of Cassius Clay” and of course, I did, because I wanted to see what this older guy was talking about. Lo and behold, I found this:
It’s a cool thing when your photos get folks to make connections like this.