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Souls of Las Vegas, Shine

January 21, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

 "Shine"

4:00 pm

F2.8 SS400 ISO100 28mm

I was walking around Downtown Vegas shooting some street portraits for a project I have been working on.  I noticed a well dressed man taking a smoke break outside a barbershop.  I was about to ask to take his portrait, but at the last second chickened out (which rarely happens!)  He started a conversation with me though, and eventually asked to shine my shoes. I told him I had no cash on me, but he still insisted.  I followed him to the back office of the barbershop where he had his work station; I sat down on a love seat sized chair made of red leather that looked like something out of the shining that elevates you to where you think you head might head the ceiling when you stand up and he immediately went to work.  We talked sports, our generational differences, and just about life in general.  After about 15 minutes my shoe shine was completed and I had officially had my first professionally shined shoes.  I reminded him again that I had no way to pay him to which he replied in his southern accent "Don't worry about it young fella, you seem to be man who appreciates quality; and knows it when you see it.  I'm doing this in hope that you see the quality of my work and next time you are in the area you may stop back in a visit your ol' pal Lenard"    And indeed I will. 

LEANARDLEANARD


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