Harold on Hotel/Fort Street Mall, Honolulu
I first met this man on April 5th while traipsing through Chinatown. I was set on asking complete strangers if I could photograph them - yet I had nothing to offer. He was sitting there next to a red brick wall intently examining his feet. I took a deep breath, knelt down beside him, and asked him if I could take his photograph. Surprisingly, he said yes. I took one shot - here it is:
I thanked him and moved on.
Yesterday, I was back in Chinatown but this time I had some breakfast muffins with me as well as two classmates in tow. I went to seek this man out and found him in the same area. He had on the same shirt, a more colorful bandana wrapped around his head, and a pair of shorts. This time, I was able to give him a muffin to thank him for last week. Then, I introduced my classmates, and asked if we could photograph him again. He was very gracious and let me and my classmates bob & weave around him frantically trying to find the right angle. Harold was originally from Tennessee. He was relocated to Hawaii to fuel large C130 cargo planes. As I listened to him answer John & Richard's questions, I watched him strike pose after pose holding completely still each time. It was then that I realized how obvious it was that we were not the first group of people to take his photograph. Harold is a pro.
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