The is a story about the kindness of strangers.
It always surprises me that in some parts of the internet, communities still thrive on the old school type bulletin board forums that I used to develop in the early 2000s. Thrive they do, and I visit one in particular related to photography.
Here I had posted for advice on what to do with my broken e-pl8 camera. In the deep rabbit hole of camera geekery and strong opinions, one person in particular was really helpful and helped me patch the screen.
A couple of weeks later the admirable botch job gave up when it was clear that the ribbon cable had also sustained some damage. My much loved selfie screen - used for carrying photos mostly - couldn’t be extended out without going black. The black screen of babywearing spammer’s death.
I returned to the forum for advice and there this person was with more sage pearls of wisdom. We got talking and he offered to send me a much earlier Olympus to tide me over whilst I sent my camera off to be fixed.
Nothing expected in return, it was a total act of kindness. I cried. I cried because I could see my dad in these conversations, and through his gesture. I think, after you lose a parent, there are fewer of these richer encounters.
It meant I could package my Olympus off and let it go, back for repairs, and in the meantime use this EPM1. He literally gave me the possibility to continue my biggest pleasure.
Thank you, Peter. Thank you so much.
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