“Running is a kind of melodic flight, accompanied by the feet beating a rhythm on the ground” from The Secret Language of Birthdays by Gary Goldschneider & Joost Elffers

Dave Benson by @ Camila Gargantini

“Dave and I met back in 2011 when I went to Winnipeg for work. He had messaged me about his date of birth being open but since he was in a location not covered by the project, we thought it was going to be difficult to get his portrait done. Until I decided to try and squeeze a session in during my road trip across Canada this past fall. I was in Winnipeg for the night and Dave was kind enough to offer his home for me to stay at with my husband and dog. He and his wife were so kind and great hosts. We managed to complete his portrait in a corner of his home where he keeps his most treasured images of his grandkids.” – Camila G

Image by © Camila Gargantini

An Interview with Dave

Q. What is the best memory you have from a previous birthday?

A. Family.

Q. How about the worst? And why?

A. My Dad being away when I was 10… kept waiting by the window hoping he would make it home through a snow storm

Q. What was the present you’ve received for your birthday that surprised you most?

A. A visit from my out of town siblings when I turned 55 (Nova Scotia, British Columbia, New Brunswick)… and I live in Winnipeg

Q. Is there a food or dish that you insist on eating on your birthday?

A. No… but I do like Japanese Chicken Wings… or sweet and sour ribs…

Q. What do you believe is the most important aspect of celebrating a birthday?

A. Sharing it with family and friends.

Q. Do you have any traditions or thing you always do to celebrate a birthday? What is it?

A. Not these days… but as a kid… Mom would always hide a dime in the cake… and surprise the birthday kid always got the dime…