He walked up, looked around, sat his shopping bags down on the ground, and then pulled out his folding chair, sitting it down on the concrete with a metal thunk.

Photographed August 28, 2013 in Philadelphia, PA.

He then proceeded to sit right there, in the middle of the sidewalk, near the 53 bus stop at Wayne and Chelten.

He looked tired.  And a bit annoyed.  But no one bothered him.

We waited, and right before the bus came, a woman had to tell the young people standing nearby to allow him to get on first.

I thought, how sad.  Someone has to tell a young person that he/she should wait and allow the elderly to get on the bus first?

I don’t know about you.

But something about that doesn’t seem right at all.

Anyway, here’s to the end of August.  I don’t know about you, but I’m glad this month is over.

ONE MORE THING:   September is my birthday month, and I plan to offer a monthlong sale on prints from “The Other Germantown” exhibit.   I will have an assortment of framed and unframed 8x10s, 11X14s and 16X20s available… most of which are the first printing of images I’ve made over the past 2.5 years in Historic Germantown. If you didn’t have a chance to pick up something you may have liked during the show, you’ll have all of next month to do so.  Gotta unload the inventory and make room for new work.  Stay tuned…

Peace and blessings,


3 Comments Add yours

  1. Anonymous says:

    Great photo as always Tieshka!!!!!! Yes at least the youngin had SOMEONE to tell him because most of them COULD CARE LESS if an elderly person gets on before them or not. If they just let them on first the driver will lower the step and they can get on right behind them. I’m just sayin!!!!!!

    1. It was actually a bunch of girls (gasp), which raises another separate set of issues, particularly that of the idea that girls and women are somehow inherently more emphathetic and caring (I know that’s a bunch of garbage). Anyway, I guess the problem I have with how things go down on the streets today is that there are no rules. We had rules we were expected to follow. And somewhere along the line, we cast those rules aside for whatever reason and now the order of things is all askew. It makes you not want to interact with people these days because you don’t know where their heads are gonna be at.

  2. Lloyd says:

    Great photo and commentary. I met you at the Kimmel during PIFA and told you I would look you up, albeit a tad late. I plan to be in regular touch. Keep up the good work!

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