Returning to the present, here’s someone who agreed to having their picture taken just 2 days ago. I showed him the picture, even though I couldn’t see any eyes and he chuckled or grunted appreciatively.
This is one of my favorite images from The Burghers of Broadway series. It was shot in September of 2006. There was some sort of Buddhist event at the Symphony Space, across the street. Crossing the median I encountered this pair and asked if I could take a picture. The monk on the left seemed largely unaware of, or uninterested in, me or my question. But the tattooed man on the right explained what I was asking and, receiving what I thought was a fairly non-committal response, posed. It was clear he felt greatly honored to have his picture taken in the monk’s company and I suspect he must be a revered monk of some renown.
Here’s another cross-posting from The Burghers of Broadway on NYPL, this one of a protest against the oil companies outside a gas (petrol) station in July of 2006 in Harlem.
This shot, from The Burghers of Broadway, was taken one summer morning in June of 2006 at 99th and Broadway. Whereas he warily allowed me to take this picture, shortly afterwards he threw that beer bottle at a neighbor of mine who had the temerity to pass by.