I met Mark Sanderson through Sito. I had told Sito I wanted a Rolleiflex and to keep an eye out for one for sale. I had been shooting a Ricoh DIACORD and thought I was ready to “graduate.”
Unbeknownst to Sito, a friend of mine had seen my stuff on Facebook and saw my comment about wanting a Rollei. It was his father’s and he offered to sell it to me. We did the transaction at KC Bier Co. and I took it to Clarence for a checkup.
“I found you a Rolleicord,” Sito said to me as I came into Overland Photo Supply for some film.
“Oh, cool” I replied, then told him I already had one. “I just dropped it off with Clarence to look it over for me.”
“You want this one,” Sito said, with a bit of confidence in his voice. “The guy who’s selling it doesn’t even think it’s been shot. It’s MINT!”
Sito handed me a piece of paper with a number and the name Mark Sanderson. I made the call.
Mark wanted to meet somewhere (you know how it is doing business with strangers) and suggested a place in Prairie Village, close to both of us. I was hungry and suggested we meet at the Salty Iguana for beer and tacos, my treat.
What I thought would be a quick couple of tacos and a business transaction turned into a three and a half hour conversation that flowed like the beer. We had a lot of common interests, which we covered here and there, but basically, I just really enjoyed his company.
One thing that jumps out after a little camera talk with Mark is how much he knows about them. He knows models, features, limitations, dates, names, and weird little facts like “the lenses on that are radioactive.”
You bet your half life!
His wife called at one point and I knew the party was over. It’s how it goes.
We parted ways and I knew I had gained more than a new camera. Since that day we’ve done photo walks together, take a couple of road trips with cameras, chatted on the phone regularly, and had a few beers.
I’m luck to call him a friend.