"Look me up! I'm famous!"
Sidewalk Saint Tim, New Orleans Street Performer
Following a photo assignment in New Orleans, I stopped to watch a street performer painted in gold doing tricks with his golden basketball. He came up to me, held my hand, introduced himself as Tim, then said, "Look me up! I'm famous!" I was very taken by his close contact and spirit, and took his photo before he returned to work. Sure enough, he's one of New Orleans' 'Sidewalk Saints', performers known for their artistry on the streets of the city. Famous or not, the pleasure was all mine!
Wesley, creator of his own Mardi Gras Indian costume
I don't usually take pictures like this, and after I did, this man jumped up and at me, putting his face near the middle of my legs, and screamed something obscene. I had been squatting to grab the shot, wearing a skirt, no less. Needless to say, he taught me a valuable lesson about appropriate clothes and positioning when heading into the city with my camera. No more crotch shots!!