Aug 27, 2012

In ‘Catch me if you can’ Steven Spielberg’s 2002 blockbuster based on the true story of con artist Frank Abagnale Jr., a buttoned down G-man played by Tom Hanks, stalks and eventually arrests a daring and inventive check forger played by the ever limber Leonardo Dicpario. The film, set in the late 60’s and early 70’s probes the emergent bonds between cop and crook, delicately delving into the minds and humanity of each of the fundamentally isolated characters.³

I loved those nights when the four of them roared past beneath my window. You could already hear it when it was departing from Olomouc, six kilometres away. The open window channelled that beautiful sound into the room. I savoured it and looked forward to the next one passing by. Back then I didn’t run around railway stations and tracks with a camera. I just used to sit around on the platform in Velká Bystřice, observing all the action. A lot has changed since then. The locomotives known familiarly as the Brigitte Bardots have gradually disappeared, fallen through the trapdoor of history or been cut up into scrap metal by oxyacetylene torches, and all I have left are these memories.⁴

He’s watching him with interest as he tries to keep hold of the camera in his hands, as he puts it in front of his left eye, trying to narrow his right eye at the same time. Just like his mother does, who owns the camera. He walks behind him, concerned about her means of production, but he doesn’t want to take it from him; he’s curious about how this will turn out. Once the son finally manages to take the first photograph, he decides to put the SLR on a tripod and set it up in such a way that the son can take photographs. Then they select his favourite toy cars together, he places them on the bed, opposite the lens. Eda concentrates each time he presses the shutter release, waits a moment and then joyfully shows him the miniaturised toy car with his finger on the LCD screen.