Crossing the street in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, I was taken by this man's kind eyes. He also looked at me, so I asked him for a portrait. I particularly like the slight smile evidenced in this shot, one of three that he permitted me to take.
As I was walking around Brooklyn on vacation this week, contemplating ice breakers for stranger portraits, I heard a fair amount of vintage NY accents uttering epithets. It made me think of a new question, "What's the best word in the English language?" or variants on that, like "What's your favorite word right now" etc. I was pretty sure that I would hear "fuck" most often as an answer.
This gentleman said, "smooth." Then he thought a bit longer and added, "groovy." Perfect fit for his expressions, in my opinion
It has been a while since I have taken a stranger portrait, so I was feeling nervous, as you do when you're out of practice. I regret I didn't ask his name.
(#1 of 100 Strangers)