Last month I photographed the annual Martin Luther King Peace March in Oxnard from Plaza Park to the Performing Arts Center. Rain and gail force winds were expected that Saturday morning and when I arrived, I was pleasantly surprised by the turn out. As people milled about before the march, I noticed an elderly gentleman holding a poster of MLK delivering his "I Have a Dream" speech. I began photographing him, using an off-camera flash to illuminate his face that grey morning. I gradually realized that I had photographed the gentleman before. When I edited my take from the assignment, the photo turned out to be my favorite from the event.
I had soon realized that I had taken the gentleman's photo at the same event three years earlier. I just recently came across the previous photo. It had been one of my favorite photos I had taken all that year. He was holding a poster as well, showing a tighter shot of MLK in a contemplative mood. Taken on a clear but cold morning, a sliver of sunshine illuminates the gentleman this time, with nearby trees casting shadows on his fellow marchers. Although I was pretty sure that it was, I had to laugh when I double checked my caption to see if it is the same gentleman in both photos, it is, although in the first one he said his name is William Terry, now he goes by Bill.