Stranger No. 56: Sean
It’s been months since actively looking for things or people to photograph. Thankfully, it was sunny this past weekend and there were tons of people out and about. The Cougs had just played the Ducks and the streets were saturated with fan gear.
As I strolled through Pike Place Market, I repeatedly crossed paths with a guy who kept asking me if I could take his picture (in front of the market sign, in front of the pig, the usual). Being the nice guy that I am, I couldn’t refuse. Then, I thought to myself, “I haven’t made a portrait in a while. I might as well ask this guy for a portrait and see if he’ll allow me to hear his story.”
Sean is a merchant vessel inspector and this was his last day on shore before heading out to Stockton, CA. He’s been a sailor for 19 years and got his start on a commercial fishing boat. He became a captain and at some point, got promoted to inspector. He asked what I did for a living and I told him that I worked for an online golf retailer. I asked if he played golf and he simply responded, “I don’t have time for golf.” At this point, he took out his camera again and we took a photo together, myspace style.