A candy and ice cream store sat on a street corner in Winter Park, FL. John was seated immediately outside, enjoying a smoke. “They let me stay here because the owner smokes too.”
About a year ago he allowed an artist to paint his portrait at this very spot. Several months later, a man said that he had bought the painting at the Winter Park Art Festival. It had won first place in some category.
John said, “I hope you didn't pay too much for it.”
He said that he could not see his picture on the camera's LCD because of severe cataracts. His eyes looked clear to me, no cataracts. But I saw him walking a few minutes later and John was clearly sight impaired. Maybe macular degeneration.
Thank you, John, for allowing me to photograph you for my ongoing portrait project.