Look at your friends

Maybe it was the Seahawks shirt. Maybe it was the Mariners hat. Or the hair. Or the sunglasses. Or the smile. Maybe it was everything together that made me think he’d look good in a portrait.  His friends laughed and backed out of the way when I suggested it.  Yeah, there was a little reluctance on his part, too, but give him credit: he was willing to try it.  He was sitting on a railing above a bench.  “What do I do?” he asked.  Look at your friends, I said.  They prompted the reaction you see here.

(State Fair in Puyallup, September 2014)