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street prostitute 8: photographing Ronda | by george mitchell1
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street prostitute 8: photographing Ronda

…And before I know what's happening, Ronda's the passenger in a car I watch disappear over the Fifth Street horizon.

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At least forty-five minutes pass before I see her again— ambling up Fifth with another young streetwalker—and from her change of clothing, her freshly applied makeup and—especially—the new calmness in her face, I know immediately that she has shot up already.

 

"You've already shot up, huh?"

 

"Yeah," she admits with no apologies, and then introduces her companion to me as Brenda.

 

I am photographing the two of them talking—chatting out in the middle of Myrtle—when several other hookers appear—seemingly out of nowhere—in my viewfinder.

 

"Just look natural," Ronda advises them…

  

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Taken on June 28, 2010