I was one my way home. He passed by and turned the corner and I cursed myself for not yanking out my camera to take his picture.
I thought about it for a second and decided to go after him.
"Excuse me, sir... with the camera..."
"Can I take your picture? You look amazing!"
"Sure" he replied "Here, take it against this wall"
He assumed an assured stance, I flipped up the flash and trusted the autofocus in the dying evening light.
We chatted a bit, i asked if I could put his picture on my website. He was a little leery at first, but I showed him my Flickr badge and asked what I should title the photo.
Hes said "Just The New york City Photographer".
But as we talked and I gave him the web address in a scrap of paper... that's when he told me his name. And that I could post that as well.
I almost never ask to take a picture. I catch them on the fly and if I am spotted taking a shot, I smile and wave a goofy Forrest Gump wave, and generally get a wave and a smile in return.
But Willie rocks. I'm glad I asked to take his picture.