5 Papadopoulos 2000, Japan
Reporter — Images: challenge for face blindness
by Petros Papadopoulos

     Face blindness, also called prosopagnosia,
      is difficulty in recognizing familiar faces.

A temp job,
my first job,
What a challenge!
Working for a sports photo agency
sounded like the opportunity of a lifetime!
. . . and then . . . everything had to be filed.

Guess who? It is my new torture game.
Hundreds and hundreds of photos keep coming in every day!
Distant photos, Close-ups, side-views, forefront faces.
Drivers with or without a helmet and blurry artistic faces . . .

— Is it Ralf or his brother Michael ?
Aw, my God, I don’t even know how to spell Schumacher!
6 months to learn all the drivers
Surprise, surprise! Most of them will change again!

P.S. At least I got my favorite Ferrari hat Signed! (Suzuka, 2000)

PHOTO: The author at Suzuka Circuit in Japan (October 2000).

NOTE FROM THE AUTHOR: My first job was highly challenging from every perspective and helped me to step far beyond my comfort zone. One week we had to travel to Japan just for three days and the next week we had to visit Karlstad in Sweden at a temperature of minus 40 degrees Celsius. I could get a call for work at any time of the day, any day of the week! My fear of the owner’s two Belgian Sheepdogs made things worse — many times we had to travel by car, me in the back seat with them. A really useful piece of advice: Never ever look directly into their eyes!!!

6 Papadopoulos 2015

Petros Papadopoulos
is an animator and scriptwriter from Greece. His animations have received awards in a number of festivals, including the Drama Film Festival in Greece, The Underground Film Festival in New York, and the Cyprus International Film Festival. Visit him at ovalimage.com.