He was skeptical when I approached him. “Could I take your photo,” I asked? “Where is it going,” he quickly replied. I then explained to him that I photograph people daily and post them to my website (SmallTownBigWorld.com). I told him that I like to give insight into the people we pass daily. “Well, I had a run in while living in Mississippi – the Sheriff hired someone to run me over,” he said. I smiled, “Well, let’s concentrate on positive things then,” I said.
The lines on his face were deep, as if he were carved out of a piece of wood. However, his voice was soft and quiet as he recounted his past.
“I could play four different saxophone’s… the Soprano, Alto, Tenor and the Baritone,” he enthusiastically told me. I then asked if he still played. “No, since getting run over they had to do surgery on my hand and I can no longer move my finger,” he said while holding up his hand. The scar from surgery started at his wrist on the palm of his hand and ran up to his index finger on his left hand. I quizzed him a little more, “When did you play the sax?” He looked up, “Oh, I played as a kid.” I then asked what else he could play, “I played the guitar that was my favorite instrument.”
American actor and producer Paul Dano stated, “The world of the homeless is a tough and interesting world.”