“Laughter is the best medicine” from The Secret Language of Birthdays by Gary Goldschneider & Joost Elffers

Nathanael Thomas © by Camila Gargantini

“Nathanael was hard to get a hold of. We had been messaging back and forth trying to arrange a date and time to shoot. When we finally managed to find the time, we had lass than 30 mins to shoot before the sun set. We shot by the Pearson Airport. An are chosen by Nathanael and that he discovered in one of his many drives to work. During the shoot, he kept telling me how his mom says he looks like Jesus with his long hair. We laughed, a lot. And I took some funny photos of him to send to his mom. This one though, in my opinion, best reflects him – a quiet, kinda shy guy but when you give him some space, brings out the biggest smile.”

Image by © Camila Gargantini

An Interview with Nathanael

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

A. There are many but I can’t remember… 

Q. How about the worst? And why?

A. Whenever I had to work [on my birthday].

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

A. I have two, my first drum kit and cycle.

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

A. Anything that tastes good…cake, seafood, potatoes and broccoli.

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

A. To be honestly happy and at peace.

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

A. Not really.