Sunday, June 1, 2014

Magazine Man


I've mentioned our Magazine Man -- the older gentleman who roams the stairwells of our building, probing the mail slots with his fingers and asking for magazines. (He has a touch of dementia.)

The other day I came home and he was sitting on a bench in our courtyard, reading. He always looks like this, very dapper, in a jacket and cap. I snapped a candid photo, and then asked him if I could take his picture. He said yes and sat for a few shots, looking straight at the camera.

"Are you a Boy Scout?" he asked me when I was finished.

(Note that I was not wearing anything that would even vaguely suggest Scouting.)

By far my favorite photo is the candid one -- even though you can't see his face, I like its unposed, natural feel.

7 comments:

Reya Mellicker said...

A fabulous portrait! Love Marilyn photobombing the portrait. Truly great!

Reya Mellicker said...

You have earned your photography badge.

Ms. Moon said...

You ARE a Boy Scout. And a good one. No uniform required. And that is a lovely portrait.

Linda Sue said...

Well maybe a boy scout in another land, certainly not America's BS.
they seemed to have buckled under pressure from more rational folks about which boys they allow into scouting...not sure if the climate has truly changed, especially since they are owned by Mormons, the worst homophobes in the universe! That aside, the photo is grand, I love it. Everything about it! Well done.

37paddington said...

i think his boy scout question was based on an intuition about your goodness and ethical way of being in the world. i think no matter how he phrased it he saw into you. lovely portrait.

Lynne said...

I really like this shot. It almost looks like he is paying homage to Marilyn.

Sharon Anck said...

I bet he has some interesting stories to tell.