I’d looked at his face many times, over the decade, and thought, “What an interesting person: Hardworking, friendly, wise and artistic.”
At the time I took this photo, I was at an art exhibition, photographing the mingling crowd for the gallery. As the subject and I approached each other at the apex of the stairwell behind him was a window of stark, harsh light which bounced off the white gallery walls, almost wrapping his unique face.
I directed stop! I’m taking a photo of you!” Without protest he looked at me, I took the picture, and it is still one of my favourite portraits to date–it took ten years to create.