Smeagol is Free!
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This is, without a doubt, one of my favorite pictures of all time. Probably my most favorite, if I really think about it. Mon once said that Andrew, Brian, and I take great silhouette shots together; she's right, we do. It might be because our body shapes are so very distinct, all the way up to our heads and whatever hair we sport. Personally, the aesthetic reasons don't really matter.

When we lined up for that shot, Boss had entrusted his camera to some haole guy who was cruising near the wall. I don't remember if he was kama'aina or a tourist, but I do remember that he looked like he would've been shark bait if he had been out in the water with us. Now that I think about it, it's kind of odd that this particular shot ended up being taken by someone so random, someone we'd never met who had absolutely no stake in how the picture turned out. He had no idea it was to be one of the last times any of us can remember surfing together, or that we'd all end up so far away from that particular stretch of waterfront. He couldn't have known about the countless times each of us had waxed up and paddled out, then rode in on whatever manini swell we could find to relieve our aching shoulders, looking for the lightposts and the tree that marked The Stairs on the wall. Nor, for that matter, had he any way of knowing about our friendship, and the unique ways that the three of us have grown in our times away from Kewalo's. I'm also certain he had no idea that he'd be taking a picture that was so deeply symbolic for those three local boys. Nope, he was just some random haole guy, intent on enjoying the sunset with his wife.

I'm glad we interrupted him.

posted by Bolo | 12:20 AM
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