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Subject: [Leica] The Pope.
From: s.dimitrov at (Slobodan Dimitrov)
Date: Mon Apr 4 07:29:32 2005
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Interesting anecdote. It reminds me of a similar story a friend of mine 
told me years ago. He had the chance to spend a day with the 16th 
Gyalwa Karmapa while he was on a tour. He could of been  describing 
your experience.
All the Best;
S. Dimitrov

On Apr 3, 2005, at 8:11 PM, Ted Grant wrote:

> What I'm about to share with you was a moment I had while 
> photographing the Pope in 1984 during His visit to Canada. Of course 
> using Leica's. :-)
> We were in Government House, home of the Governor General in Ottawa 
> and as one of the Prime Minister's photographer's at the time, it was 
> my assignment to shoot many meet and greets during a reception of His 
> Eminence and Members of Parliament.
> It was a heck of crowd, something like being in a hurrican of people 
> and noise, just incredible. But when I was as close as it was possible 
> to shoot, within a few feet of the Pope, I could have touched Him or 
> He me, there was an amazing quiet and calmness like being in the eye 
> of a storm.
> It kind of caught me by surprise with all the jostling going on, loud 
> voices and yet here I was in this "quite space" shooting without any 
> effect of the crowd. Amazing! And in all my years had only experienced 
> a similar kind of "presence thing" once before.
> And when the shoot was over after about 20 minutes and I stepped out 
> of this closeness, I was back into the jostling and racket of the 
> crowd. So there was something there being that close to the Pope.
> For those interested, I'm of protestant faith, so to me the Pope was 
> the Holy Man of the Catholic church and that was it with respect. So 
> my feelings were not influenced due to the possibility I may have been 
> of the Catholic Faith.
> But it was a moment to remember while in the company of this man and 
> what he meant to so many people on this planet. It's a sad day for 
> many at his passing.
> Hopefully you'll find it an interesting Leica moment.
> ted
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