He was walking his greyhounds in the park when I approached him and asked to take his picture. “You want to take a picture of the greyhounds?” he asked.
“No,” I replied. “You.” Another man I encountered that day described this man to me and suggested I find him. If you’re doing street portraits, I had been told, he’s someone I should meet. Why? Because “he’s as Seattle as it gets,” he said. [The expression itself intrigued me; I never learned its meaning.]
Okay, the man with the greyhounds said, handing his dogs’ leashes to a companion. “People are always asking to photograph the greyhounds,” he said. “They don’t ask to photograph me.”
I took four pictures and thanked him. An hour later I kinda wished I had also taken a few additional pictures of the greyhounds, but I was quite happy with this portrait of the humble Seattle man.
(Seattle, July 2014)