"Every artist was first an amateur."
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson (American Poet, Lecturer and Essayist. 1803-1822)
St. Anne Street
New Orleans, Louisiana
* I was on my way back to Cafe du Monde to meet my wife and daughter after shooting around the Quarters when, as I turned St. Ann Street I espied a man drawing pictures. He was silently maneuvering his fingers, sliding his watercolor brushes across a cardboard, unmindful, or so he seemed, of the people walking up and down his street. I started to snap some shots of him working. I know he heard Lucio as he clicked and clacked. I didn't feel comfortable. After a moment, I collected enough courage to ask him if I can take photos of him. He simply nodded. And so I did. This was his livelihood, he later told me when I managed to engage him in a conversation. There was a picture of a very beautiful woman. An elegant portrait, hand-drawn. He said she was his lover, from 40 years ago. That was when he was living in New York. He never married. He told me his name's Nestor Fruge. He was born in New Orleans. It would be a pleasure to meet this man again.
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