paxtonportraitsCowboy Part 1: I made my way into Seattle early one spring morning. My friend and I were intent on contacting some of the homeless men and women in the city as part of the urban portrait street photography project called the “Least of These“. I peered down an alley and spotted a homeless man behind a dumpster. I slowly made my way down the alley and caught up with him just as he stepped out. I introduced myself and we chatted for a few moments. The man invited me to follow him around the corner to meet his friend. He seemed fairly good natured so reluctantly I decided to follow. Around the corner he introduced me to Cowboy.
Cowboy is a pretty interesting looking guy. My urban portrait radar immediately went up. I wanted pictures of this guy. I quickly learned that Cowboy was a fast talker.
Cowboy was comfortably sitting next to a building with a large can of beer inside his unzipped jacket. There was an empty bottle of vodka laying on the ground next to him. Cowboy had a pretty nice shiner on his right eye so I asked him what happened. Cowboy said, “A native guy jumped my ass…” and left it at that. Cowboy candidly admitted that he regularly drinks and uses drugs. Cowboy told me that his wife died five years earlier. This apparently led to drug and alcohol use and eventually life on the street.
While I was speaking to Cowboy he asked if I had a telephone he could use. He explained that he had met some (regular) people several days earlier under the viaduct. They had given him money along with their telephone number with instructions to call if he ever needed anything. I agreed and asked for the number.
Part 2 coming up in the next image of Cowboy.
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