The last three years I’ve participated in Scott Kelby’s “Worldwide Photo Walk“. It’s simply a day, actually two days this year, where photo enthusiasts all over the world get together in groups of 50 at a chosen location to shoot, talk, and have fun. This year I chose the Downtown Houston at Night location. While it was still light we started at University of Houston Downtown and walked down Main St to the Houston Pavilions area. With 50 people participating it was a great way to shoot downtown after dark and not feel too threatened. There were thousands of subjects, architecture, cars, textures, and people. I tried to find scenes with people in them.
I’m not too forward when approaching strangers, especially if I want to take their picture. So on this day and in this location there were plenty of people that would walk up and ask for money. So much for breaking the ice. The gentleman in this post called himself “Jay”. He asked if I had a couple bucks. Seeing the opportunity I offered him a few dollars on the condition that he give us a minute to take his picture. I don’t know his story or even if he’s homeless. He looks rather healthy to be on the streets so I’m thinking he was just hanging out in the area trying to score some money for a drink or smoke. There does seem to be a lot of experience behind those eyes.