“There is more to the picture than meets the eye.”
So goes ‘Photo Op,’ a 2015 short film written and directed by Dave Solomon (‘Mr. Holmes,’ ‘Side Show’). It is produced by Ashley Kate Adams and Harris Doran and stars gay actor Randy Harrison (‘Queer as Folk,’ ‘Such Good People,’ and ‘Bang Bang You’re Dead’) as the lonely Brooklyn photographer who photographs people, especially couples as his subject.
This 10-minute short has won the Dark Side Award at the Art of Brooklyn Film Festival, the Audience Award at the SENE Film Festival, and the Award of Merit at the Best Shorts Competition. It was also shown at multiple film festivals such as the Palm Springs International ShortFest, the SOHO International Film Festival, the Flickers Rhode Island International Film Festival, and the Wicked Queer Boston LGBT Film Festival among others.
If you wanna know more about this film, keep on reading. Warning though, spoilers are abundant here!
Brooklyn is cold despite the sun making its appearance but people seem to enjoy it with lovely and happy couples loitering on the streets, walking their dogs, drinking their hot beverages, and kids having fun on the playground. One person seems to appreciate the abundance of people as the sound of click after click can be heard as he takes photographs of the people in the park. He does look lonely however upon seeing couples, if not almost envious.
The photographer ends up in a quaint coffee shop where he spots a handsome guy reading a newspaper. He finds a spot by the bar, still in view of the guy whom he observes keenly. A waitress approaches the photographer and notes that he is becoming a regular to the point that she has his order memorized: mac n’ cheese and peppermint tea. The photographer starts to confirm his order but changes his mind to just getting the tea.
The waitress gets to preparing his order and the photographer promptly looks back at the handsome man who notices him before going back to reading his newspaper. The memory of a happy couple enters the photographer’s mind as he stares at the stranger. His peppermint tea gets served and the waitress asks if she can get him anything else. The photographer asks if they have a newspaper and the waitress answers affirmatively, they do have them at the front of the store. The photographer smiles expectantly at her and the waitress awkwardly tells him she’s gonna go and get him one.