Cowboy Part 2: Cowboy dug a scrap of paper out of his pocket and slowly read the number out loud. After dialing the number, I handed the telephone to Cowboy. Instantly Cowboy’s demeanor changed. He went from easy going to sad and depressed. It was almost like watching an actor take the stage.

Cowboy sheepishly told the person on the other end of the phone that he had been assaulted and taken to the hospital. He further explained that his “stuff” and blankets had been stolen. As the conversation went on, Cowboy talked softer and softer. At one point he said, “I don’t know my way around here very well…can you come get me?” Cowboy was nearly crying as he spoke. It was actually fascinating to watch.

While this was going on, an unidentified homeless person (who didn’t want to have his photograph taken) came up to us and bluntly said, “Cowboy is full of shit.” The man appeared disgusted as he watched Cowboy talk on the phone. He gently explained that, “eighty percent of what people tell you on the street isn’t true.” The man spoke to us as if we were naive and had no idea what was going on. Pacing and shaking his head, he was visibly bothered watching Cowboy work.

After a few more minutes, Cowboy hung up the phone and switched right back into his easy going self. I snapped several more photographs and we parted ways.

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  • paxtonportraitsCowboy Part 2: Cowboy dug a scrap of paper out of his pocket and slowly read the number out loud. After dialing the number, I handed the telephone to Cowboy. Instantly Cowboy’s demeanor changed. He went from easy going to sad and depressed. It was almost like watching an actor take the stage.

    Cowboy sheepishly told the person on the other end of the phone that he had been assaulted and taken to the hospital. He further explained that his “stuff” and blankets had been stolen. As the conversation went on, Cowboy talked softer and softer. At one point he said, “I don’t know my way around here very well…can you come get me?” Cowboy was nearly crying as he spoke. It was actually fascinating to watch.

    While this was going on, an unidentified homeless person (who didn’t want to have his photograph taken) came up to us and bluntly said, “Cowboy is full of shit.” The man appeared disgusted as he watched Cowboy talk on the phone. He gently explained that, “eighty percent of what people tell you on the street isn’t true.” The man spoke to us as if we were naive and had no idea what was going on. Pacing and shaking his head, he was visibly bothered watching Cowboy work.

    After a few more minutes, Cowboy hung up the phone and switched right back into his easy going self. I snapped several more photographs and we parted ways.

    #portrait #homeless #urbanportrait #urban #streetphotography #photography #leastofthese #fstopspot

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