If a picture is worth 1,000 words, then two remarkably reminiscent photos ought to be worth at least a 250-word blog post.
Two weeks ago, as I loaded my kids into the family van outside my office near downtown Oak Park, I noticed two men playing chess on the trunk of a taxi. It was too cool of a visual to pass up, so I grabbed my camera, snapped a few photos and wrote a brief account, with three photos, of the scenario at TribLocal.
A week later, on page 7 of TribLocal’s Aug. 25 print edition for the Oak Park area, the vignette appeared.
Lo and behold, two days ago, the Wednesday Journal of Oak Park and River Forest featured a strikingly similar photograph (below) on its front page—showing the same cabbie, Bobby Johnson, and a different rival chess player.
Did my work spark the creative juices of Jason Geil, the Journal’s prolific and talented photographer? Or was it just coincidence?
In either event, when I saw Johnson (again) playing chess outside my office on Wednesday afternoon, I had the pleasure of giving him the TribLocal edition in which he appeared as well as tipping him off to the WJ coverage.
Now, it’s a matter of waiting to see if the national media starts swooping in on Johnson’s cab-trunk gamesmanship.