Meet Mr. Griffin….this true gentleman passes out religious tracts every day, even in this oppressive heat, every day, from 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. Born in Virginia, he moved to Philadelphia at a young age and received his education here. He told me that he’s been passing out religious pamphlets since the late 50s!
On my daily walks to the Post Office, I had noticed him sitting on the bench. When he extended an invitation to take one of his booklets, I always refused. Despite my refusals, he remained friendly and always wished me a good day. One day, it clicked that I should ask to take his photograph, and I thought to myself, be prepared to take some of his materials as an exchange.
So when I approached him, I introduced myself and said that I wanted to take his photo. I offered to accept one of his pamphlets in exchange for some photographs, and he said that it wouldn’t be necessary…just for the record, I kept my word and took one of his pamphlets.
What struck me as charming about Mr. Griffin is the fact that despite the fact that it was 90 degrees and climbing, he was neatly dressed in a shirt, tie and sports jacket. And he didn’t complain one bit.
He’s one of the reasons why I keep at this portraits project.