Savannah has a population north of 130,000, but the Historic District (that most people visit) is only 1 ½ square miles. This includes 22 squares (parks). Broughton St. is the “downtown” area, and shops and eateries line River St., the main touristy area. The Savannah College of Art and Design has peppered the area with campus buildings, adding cultural and economic vitality.
While visiting the area for two days, I walked my legs off, covering the Historic District corner to corner. I saw many people over and over, in different parts of the District. I met Iman (hopefully, spelled correctly), in one of the squares. I don’t remember which one. She was sitting on a park bench listening to her iPod. When I introduced myself and explained the project, Iman was at first shy and giggled a bit. When I showed her images on my Android phone, she consented.
I asked her not to “say Cheese” for the camera. She “said cheese”, but fortunately, I got a few quick shots off first. When I showed her images on the back of the camera, of course she preferred the smiley ones. I did not.
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The next day, I had lunch at Goose Feathers, an express café and bakery several blocks from the square. Iman was bussing tables. I walked up to her and smiled. She smiled weakly and immediately turned on her heels and walked away. I suspect that without the camera, she didn’t recognize me and thought that I was just another inner city weirdo.
It’s nice to fit in.