What Are The Odds?

June 20th, 2011 § 2 comments

What Are The Odds?

Saturday was just the start of another day like all others. I am an amateur photographer, and everyday I try to go through hundreds of articles related to photography. This helps me personally so that I can learn, and I pass on information, that I feel is important, via Twitter and my blog.

One headline caught my attention, so I decided to read it. The photoessay was by a photographer, from the Netherlands, named Erikjan Koopmans. I usually do not go to articles that are about specific places, but this one about San Francisco was an exception. I was born in San Francisco, and it is one of my favorite places to visit when I go home to visit my family.

As I was scrolling down through the photo essay, I was pleasantly shocked to recognize two people I knew. It was my wife’s grandparents. I could not see there faces because they were shot from behind, but that did not stop me from fully recognizing them. I have often had to try and keep up with them whenever we were in the city.


I was the only one up that morning, so I sent my father-in-law an email and my sister-in-law a text with the link of the website. I did not tell them what I saw, but asked them to let me know what they saw. They both, along with my wife, recognized them right away.

What are the odds that a photographer, from the Netherlands, would photograph my family in San Francisco, and that I would find the site?

I decided to contact Erikjan, and let him know what I found. I explained who I was and who he had captured in his photograph. I asked him for permission to repost the photo on my blog along with this story, and he agreed.

Check out Erikjan’s work:



§ 2 Responses to What Are The Odds?"

  • Femke says:

    Hi Joseph,

    Erikjan, my boyfriend, and me were in San Francisco together. Not sure if I was present when he took this picture but the story (your story) behind it is great!

    Greetings from Holland

    • Joseph says:

      Thank you Femke! It is great to make your acquaintance. It is amazing how small our world has become. I feel inspired by this story, and hopefully others will too. I hope you guys have more opportunities to visit our country.


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