Saturday, June 26, 2010

My Friend

For months I've had "photographers block." Not that there's been a lack of subjects to shoot, rather, few of the photos I taken have a good story. What better story to tell than one of a person rather than an object.

My friend Sam and I met at Venice Beach, California. He was living in and working a program in Skid Row, downtown Los Angeles, while I was handing out free bagels and sharing the Gospel to the local street vendors. One Saturday, Sam approached me and asked if he could help. For the next year, we worked side by side, feeding people and listening to their stories. Those were good times.

Sam is now living out of state but I recently had a chance to meet with him again. It had been nearly six years and it was nice to catch up with him.

7 comments:

Irina said...

Great story and great smile!

Petrea said...

Sounds like Sam is a success story. The picture's a success, too.

Luis Gomez said...

JT, great portrait and a wonderful story.

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Brenda's Arizona said...

Great story, JT. This photo captures his story, don't you think?

Tash said...

That was a treat, JT.

J.C. said...

I am suffering from photographer block too!! Haven't gone out for photos specially for my daily posting.

This portrait of your friend looks great! Pls say hi to Sam! Ha ha..you make him world famous now! Let him know that.