Sydney December 2014 (2 photos)
In broad terms, serendipity means a “fortunate happenstance” or “pleasant surprise”. It was coined by Horace Walpole in 1754. The notion of serendipity is a common occurrence throughout the history of scientific innovation.
The word was voted one of the ten English words hardest to translate in June 2004 by a British translation company. However, due to its sociological use, the word has been exported into many other languages.
It was quite a fortunate happenstance that there was a lone chair against a wall next to the pavement, for no apparent reason at all, with a man sitting on it and bathed in morning sunshine. Also that I just happened to be walking by, camera in hand, ready for whatever shot presented itself. Serendipity, indeed. I like to always be ready for the shot because candid photography is often about the spur of the moment.
Serendipity always rewards the prepared.
(Katori Hall, playwright)
And now for another fortuitous chair placement, and another moment of serendipity. It’s always a pleasant surprise to come across my old friend…
More from Biggus later.