Sunday, February 28, 2010

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Friday, February 26, 2010

Sunday, February 21, 2010


This is Eckel*, who approached me while I was shooting in an open alley.

He was very shy, very deferential - keeping a distance of about 10' between us - but wondered if I could help him with some money for a coffee.

And he kept apologizing.

It had rained and he was soaked, emphasizing his plight, but I don't usually carry cash, which I told him.

I pulled out my empty wallet to demonstrate, and...

There were two $20's inside.


"I can't give you those. How 'bout I bring you change after coffee?"

Could he come with me, he asked?

"Sure," I said, and almost immediately regretted it.

Then I thought a moment, and asked if I could take his picture, an inferred quid pro quo.

He said yes, but could he salute in the picture and then say a prayer?

We snapped the pic.
He spoke.

It was more like a rambling poem than a prayer - some of it beautiful, some of it nonsense - and he talked about The Mother and The Father, and how we were them, or they were in us - and he started to tear up.

After he was done I gave him one of the twenties.
It didn't mean much to me, really, and I was hoping to slip away, conscience appeased.

He thanked me, shook my hands profusely, and then suddenly, with a look of intense need, asked for a hug.

"Sorry," I said, "maybe if you weren't so wet."

Then I ambled off, hoping to distract myself with a visual segue.

30 Minutes later I walked into Starbucks and... there he was, getting coffee.

I slipped off to the bathroom, hoping to avoiding detection and wash my hands.

He saw me, though, when I came out, thanked me, and shook my hand again.


I squeezed his shoulder and walked out.
"I love you, Adam," he said as I walked out the door.

"Eckel loves you."
Which may be the nicest thing I've heard anyone say to me in a while.
*I'm not sure if that's spelled correctly, could've even been "Echo", but I'm pretty sure that's right.

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Monday, February 15, 2010

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Wednesday, February 10, 2010