Portraits Of Boston: High-School Sweetheart

“A little over a year ago I married a high-school sweetheart. We had lost track of each other, but I had thought much about him over the years. I was on Facebook one day, and I don’t really know why I was on Facebook. My mother had died three days before that, so maybe I was just taking a break. And I had recently reconnected with a high-school friend, so I thought I would look at her pictures. She had an album labeled ‘High School Pictures.’

I thought, That would be fun. Then I saw a picture of my now-husband, and there was a link to his profile. I hadn’t seen him in forever. I thought about it for a few minutes. I was divorced at the time, but I didn’t know if he was married. I thought, Is this appropriate? Well, I’m just an old friend. I’m just going to say hi. So I did. And I heard from him almost immediately. It turned out he was also divorced.”

“Did he tell you if he had also thought about you over the years?”

“Yes, he had.”

Portraits of Boston is a project of independent photographer Ivan Velinov. He is regularly sharing some of his favorite portraits with WBUR. Visit his website to see the hundreds of portraits he has taken on the streets of Boston.


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