Profile Happenstance (or, when things just line up)

friend backlit in home office with plants

Trash on the sidewalk creates bright white profile


Here’s the timeline:

Friends have an in-home office set up and because they just had a baby, all the plants from one side of the room had to be moved to the other side of the room so there was space for the baby to play. We were laughing because the dad was now engulfed by his own, very tall and healthy, houseplants. I tried taking photos of him in his jungle office but got frustrated when the flash wasn’t working.

I deleted all but one photo because I wanted a reminder to try again after I figured out the flash.

Next day, I saw a face in some trash on the ground. I thought it was so funny that I took a picture of it.

Day after that, I was going through my camera roll and right there, sitting side by side, were these two pictures. The pure chance of it all. I couldn’t believe my eyes.

Jungle office photo was, in my mind, a failed attempt. But the brightly lit area in the photo turned out to be an incredible match to the profile I saw in the trash photo! I would never have seen this if they hadn’t been side by side. But there they were, lined up and waiting to be discovered.

Magic, I tell you. It’s everywhere.