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    Dec 2000
    Tonopah, Nevada, USA

    Jesus at 100

    Jesus Martinez, Centinarian

    I've been waiting for this occasion. When I first got to Tonopah 25 years ago, Jesus, a young 75 was still collecting a pay check cleaning the Post Office every day. Then the time for retirement came, and Jesus would sit on a grand bench in good weather just outside the post office in the shade. Friends would stop and spend a half hour. My daughter remembers the kids weren't very nice to him as they hawked their newspapers on the Post Office steps on Wednesdays. Jesus would only smile. Finally in the last three years he has been missing. He has to live at the extended care facility now.

    I put 4 lenses in the truck with the 8X10 Kodak. I hadn't made up my mind which one to use. I often wait until the moment to decide. It was a noisy dark cave inside the Elks hall where his birthday party was under way. I asked his son if I could set up my antique camera just outside the front doors and when I was ready if we could roll Jesus out for a portrait.

    In the end I decided on the 1874 Voigtlander Petzval. I wanted understated dignity. Hope you don't mind me sharing. It's these moments that keep my photo motor running.
    He is no fool who gives what he cannot gain that which he cannot lose. Jim Elliot, 1949

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    Jun 2006

    Re: Jesus at 100

    Thank you for sharing.

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    Jan 2006
    Memphis, TN

    Re: Jesus at 100

    Great shot Jim. Thanks for sharing it and the story of Jesus with us.
    Ron McElroy

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    Nov 2005
    Los Altos, CA

    Re: Jesus at 100

    OUTSTANDING!!!!! (On BOTH counts, your shot and Jesus making 100!) What a great character study and you have captured it brilliantly!

    Thanks for sharing,
    Jack Flesher

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    Sep 2003
    Calgary, AB Canada

    Re: Jesus at 100

    amazing. Well done Jim.
    Eric Rose

    I don't play the piano, I don't have a beard and I listen to AC/DC in the darkroom. I have no hope as a photographer.

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    Sep 2003
    South Carolina

    Re: Jesus at 100

    Great portrait, Jim.

    I would be very proud of that one.

    Sandy King

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    Jul 2004
    London Ontario

    Re: Jesus at 100

    Very nice Jim and appropriate( petzval is a bit older though ).


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    Re: Jesus at 100

    Great shot Jim, made specially poigniant by the story behind it.....

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