Farhad at the Rabbit Hole Bar ended up comparing notes with me on cameras. After I took portraits of him on my compact little Pentax Q, he retreated to his office to retrieved his Canon EOS 6D fitted with a thousand dollar portrait lens.
His photos glowed. He glowed when he was talking about photography.
"Something I learnt from this country," he said. "You either do something well, or you do nothing at all."
I had thought that perfectionism was a more common attitude in the world. For a moment, I lamented how lax I have become. I used to be far stricter with my work and anything I produced.
Nicola set up today's meeting with Farhad. We met in March this year, but he had forgotten about that. Tom and I visited back then to check whether we could hold VIVA's product launch party at Rabbit Hole. We called it the "product launch party" because we did not start marketing until 1 July, delayed because of my desire for perfection, but ultimately foregone because the product was "good enough".
Farhad used to be in IT, but he decided to open a bar after his 40th birthday. I wrote down some notes in my phone from our conversation, so that we can write the caption under the "Spotlight" portrait of him.
I wanted to stay around to have a drink with him. I wanted to do everything in my power to show the world how the Rabbit Hole, and this bar owner, works so hard to make something good for his customers. I wanted to overcome the short attention span of consumers and tell them Farhad's story.
"I will come back for a drink next time."
"A drink on the house."
"No, no. I will pay for that drink, but a drink with you, to finish that story."