One of the friendliest, most upbeat dudes you’ll meet downtown. He hangs out at Spadina and Dundas in the heart of Chinatown and has a bunch of buddies who keep him company.
Before taking this photo I had already walked past the guy (I had no intentions of taking his picture), but I was with someone who I was sort of mentoring and I knew this was an opportunity to show her how easy it was to talk to strangers (it’s actually not).
I turned back and chatted him up. I can’t remember his name now but I do recall his attitude. He was amazing. He gladly let me take his photo. I have another, a portrait, but I like this one better. If you’re new to street photography you have to get comfortable with talking to a wide variety of people in the streets. That’s where all the special photos come from.