July 24, 2014
As I began to cross Liberty Ave. in downtown Pittsburgh, PA, I heard a voice stretch out to me, "Hey camera man, take my picture." I looked back to see and where the voice was coming from and noticed this woman of African decent waving her arms at me at the outside table of the McDonalds.
Once I sat down with her, that wasn't the case. She didn't want anything to do with herself in front of my camera. Even though she had a front gold teeth just screaming to have it's picture taken. After my failed attempt with her, I directed my attention to her friend in a wheel chair who happened to have some insanely bright red hair. He was easily a better subject to get a "yes, you can take my picture."
This is Randy and he's wheel chair bound after a tragic accident while working for the power company. While on the job, he lost his footing and fell off an electrical pole. Even though he can still walk, the pain eventually returns after any long exposure.
We also talked about the Gay Pride Protests that happen in Pittsburgh and the incident which left a innocent young woman brutalized by a local law enforcement officer, Country music, and a new subway line where I could ride free through the city. Score!
It was a cool and interesting meet up, Randy. I learned some new things about this great city and thank you for allowing me to shoot your photo.