What’s the premise? I’ll offer $1 to anyone who asks me for money in exchange for their portrait. I’m a shy person, but I’ll do my best to find out a little about the person. You never know if it’ll make someone’s day for at least talking to them a little bit.
Juan meekly asked me for fifty cents (in Spanish) as I was walking towards the entrance to Pershing Square station. I asked him if he spoke English, then told him about my project.
He basically agreed. I pointed him towards this spot with better light. When I held up my camera to take the photo, he was turned to the side. I guess he didn’t want a straight on portrait or something.
I snapped a couple, then thanked him. I took out my wallet, but found that I only had five dollar bills. Gah! I told him I’d be back with change. I walked to Taco House nearby, ordered a burrito, then came back to him to give him the dollar I promised. He thanked me and walked off.
As for me, I sat on the corner to eat the carne asada burrito I had just bought before going to the subway. (It was delicious!)