So I was at this laundromat on Queen Lane and Wayne doing my laundry on Mother’s Day. When I finished, I went back home and rested for a little while before heading back out to do a little more shooting.
My plan was to catch the church ladies coming out of service wearing their elaborate hats…but I realized that I came back out a wee bit too late. The church folks had come and gone.
So I walked to the corner of Queen and Wayne with the intent of catching the 53 bus into north Philly.
Well, when I approached the corner, I saw two men sitting in front of the laundromat and I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to take their photo.
I introduced myself and asked if I could take their photo for my portraits of Philly project. I recognized the man on the right to be the operator of the laundromat. He told me that his name was Pete. He was very friendly and agreeable and didn’t have a problem with me photographing him at all.
However, the man on the left, Chuck, the gentleman with the black baseball cap covering his face….gave me the hardest time. I couldn’t hardly get the words out of my mouth when he took off in his wheelchair to the corner.
I convinced him to come back and this was the best I could do as far as getting a portrait of Chuck. He asked me if I was planning to take his photo and put it over my bed.
After a few moments of chatting and laughing it up with these two, I discovered that Chuck is a big flirt, and he knows everyone on the other side of Wayne Ave.
Like I said, everything works out the way it’s supposed to.
I was even able to get another portrait of Pete.