Some of my most prized possessions I inherited from my father. I have the coin collection that he worked on as a teen. His tattered Boy Scout Handbook sits on my bookshelf. These connections remind me of him.
When I was working in Germany, I noticed that a young man was carrying an old Lowepro backpack. His name is Johannes Leitner. I was admiring his bag and asked him if I could photograph it. As we talked, I asked him where he got it. “My father gave it to me,” he said. He had used it for years, and now it’s my turn.”
I smiled and said, “I would love to meet him.”
“Well, he’s right here,” replied Johannes as he motioned for his father to come over.
So I took their picture. The bag still looks great, and it’s a terrific story that made my day.
Derrick Story is the Photography Evangelist for Lowepro.