Dorothy – BW$P

Dorothy by Justin Korn

Meet Dorothy.

As I headed to the bus stop from work today, I bumped into Dorothy on the corner of Pine and Montgomery asking for change.  I approached her and explained my BW$P Project.  She didn’t agree right away, but rather stated, “I’ve been sitting on this corner since 6am this morning and all I’ve gotten is above $1 in change.  You think you could afford $2?”  I explained to her that the project was for $1 portraits, but if I ran into her again, I’d be happy to do another portrait of her.  She laughed and then said, “Sure.  Where you want to do it?”  I told her right where she was was perfect.  She said, “Well, I don’t want that guy seeing, so let’s do it over here.”  She pointed to the other side of the advertisement board we were standing next to.  She asked one final time, “Are you sure you can’t give me $2?”  I apologized and explained the project to her again.  She laughed and agreed once again.  As I took her picture, I asked if I could get closer for a close up and she agreed.  After I took the 3rd picture, she said, “Okay, that’s enough.”  I happily stopped and gave her the $1 I owed her.  I only had a few seconds to chat and asked how long she had been in San Francisco.  She said, “Been here all my life.”  I then asked why she didn’t want the other guy across the street seeing us take a picture and she responded, “He usually stands on this corner, so, you know.”

I left it at that, thanked Dorothy for her time, and wished her a pleasant evening.  She smiled and said, “God bless you.”

This image is part of my Black and White Dollar Portrait (BW$P) Project.

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