Stranger #5/100: Ilona

Ilona

Ilona

It was Ilona’s little dog Charlie who came up to me to say hello in Azalea Park in Brookings.  Ilona started up a friendly conversation and asked about my circular case.  It is the bag that holds my reflector but she mistook it for a bag holding “discs” for disc golf, a game that has become extremely popular in this area.  She told me that a disc golf course was set up in Azalea Park this summer, and I described that the same thing had happened in Gold Beach in the park where I walk.  She loves how young people are enthusiastic and coming into the park to play. While we were talking, a young man walked past us with what looked like a camera bag holding an assortment of colored discs.

I asked about her accent and she told me that she and her husband had immigrated from Hungary in 1968.  When I told her about the Strangers project, she liked the sound of it and said, “Yeah, sure, I guess so!”  She was very cooperative and told me she once had been into photography herself.  She held the reflector with one hand while I held the other side so I could angle it as needed.  I’m pleased that I did better in terms of background this time.  Her colorful scarf was a perfect accent to the scene.  I offered to take a picture of her and Charlie together, which she definitely wanted, and then he went on to pose for a few shots of his own.  He is sooo adorable!!!!  When Charlie was 6 months old, his original owners didn’t want him anymore and Ilona took him in.  As is often the case, the rescue turned out to be a win/win and precious little Charlie has enriched their lives immeasurably!

Charlie and Ilona

Charlie and Ilona

Thank you so much, Ilona, for participating in my project!  It was a pleasure to meet you and perhaps we will meet again in the park.  Please email me so I can send you pictures.

Charlie

Charlie

2 Comments

  1. John Hayes November 3, 2015 at 8:46 am #

    That first photo in particular is topnotch! I have never used a reflector but I can see that it is a valuable tool. Good work!

    • Claudia Kuenkel November 3, 2015 at 10:00 pm #

      Thanks, John! It is exciting to see how it can literally light somebody’s face up! It makes a huge difference.

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