April 14th, 2007
New York, New York
Walking the streets streets of New York City for the first time, I saw this guy standing by a pedestrian crossing, when I was on my way to Chinatown with Rocky and Taylor - the guys I was travelling with. I poked Taylor on the shoulder and told him I'd be back in a second, and turned around. As I got closer to the guy, I realized just how interesting his face is, and was thankful that I didn't just keep walking. I introduced myself to him, told him my intentions, and he let me take the portrait. His name was Joe Maguire, and came to NYC decades ago from Ireland.
That's all I got to know about this man, before the light turned green and he shook my hand - after which he disappeared into the crowd.
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A little note about this portrait. Try for a second to cover the right side of his face with your hand, and then the left.
Amazing, isn't it?
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