I love spotting an old man who is sitting back and watching people rush by as they tend to their busy lives. They always look so pensive, lost in thought. The Great Men Series is my coffee table book in the making, with photos of great men and a story about their lives.
Today I found the cover for The Great Men Series. His name was John Charles.
“Ahh my life. I am a lawyer, and I was born in Venice. I had a terrible accident twenty years ago and now I live in a wheelchair, but it’s ok. But the town of Venice isn’t easy for that, for the bridges and also because the theatres and busses have steps to go inside so they don’t put ramps in because it is impossible to change the old, ancient buildings and this is a problem for me. Italy is third world because there are no laws for people who live in wheelchairs. I’ve been to all of Europe, I’ve travelled for a long time in England and Germany but England is terrible to live in because of this problem. I have a car and a cottage in the countryside. I have a son in Milano, he says if I buy him a hotel or restaurant he will move back here. When I was twenty years old the residence was three times bigger, now there are very few people here because it is only touristic…But life is good.”
– John Charles