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Recently I blogged about a new project that I am starting called $2 portraits. The idea is that I will offer $2 to anyone who asks me for money from now on in exchange for their portrait.

I met Judy earlier this afternoon down by Union Square. She asked me if I could give her some money so that she could get a cup of coffee.

When I told Judy about my project at first she resisted just a little bit. Judy told me that I shouldn't waste my portraits on her. That she might break my camera and that I should try to get a portrait of someone beautiful. I told Judy that I thought she was beautiful and wanted to photograph her and not someone else. She laughed and agreed to pose for my project after this.

Judy had a nice friendly accent. She's originally from West Virginia. I asked Judy what she liked to do in her spare time and she told me that she likes music, art and sometimes listening to sports.

I asked Judy who her favorite artist was and she told me that I'd probably never heard of him, but Henry Clive. She said that Clive was a magazine illustrator and that he was a personal friend of hers. She said she met him in Hollywood where she was living years ago.

Judy said that she has never been married and has never had any children. She said she was just out there alone all by herself. Judy is the first woman that I've photographed for my project.

Update: Some people have asked me if it would be ok if they start their own version of this project as well. I think that is great and believe that frequently the best projects become collaborative. With that in mind I've created a new $2 Portraits group on Flickr. If you'd to, feel free to join the group and post your own $2 portraits there.

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  1. ojbyrne 81 months ago | reply

    Henry Clive did cheesecake which makes me think Judy was probably a real hottie in her day.

  2. Ten Directions 81 months ago | reply

    She has a very kind face, great portrait

  3. evinglenside 81 months ago | reply

    She's wonderful. Nice story. Great launch for your project!

  4. ZekaG 81 months ago | reply

    Nice shot. Interesting concept.

  5. SemiCharmedLife (☯) 81 months ago | reply

    Fantastic Judy. Colorful.

  6. monkeyleader 81 months ago | reply

    Crazy big red bow - I love it :) It really sets off a portrait, which for me, may have been "run-of-the-mill".

    Sad though when you read her comment about being out there alone all by herself.

  7. louie imaging 81 months ago | reply

    i think it is a brillant project as well. there are so many stories out there that needs to be told. much sucess with the project!

  8. torbakhopper 81 months ago | reply

    cool, your first woman shot in the series!!!

  9. DocNougat 80 months ago | reply

    I really enjoyed reading through this project

  10. adampiggott 79 months ago | reply

    such a great idea and such excellent pictures, i love this one and i love the fact that viewing at the large size you get a glimpse of you and the street in the reflection in her glasses

  11. Jennifer_Bakos 79 months ago | reply

    this project is amazing and i love the stories people tell, and how you capture their personalities so well

  12. AntonioA 79 months ago | reply

    I must admit, this Henry Clive image below looks a lot like Judy..and about the right age/time.....


  13. missusryan 78 months ago | reply

    She is very beautiful, her inner beauty shines through and radiates out through her eyes.

  14. unprose 75 months ago | reply

    Wonderful! Women are a minority out there, at least on the streetcorners and obvious places - it's good to see good shots of these women. Yep - if she has good genes, she definitely could be the person by Clive that AntonioA found. She'd be in her 70s, I'd guess...and her skin looks so soft!

    Seen in $2 Portraits (?)

  15. Nick Leonard 71 months ago | reply

    Seems like a kind lady. Lovely portrait.

  16. iamchanelle 66 months ago | reply

    oh, she is lovely. reminds me so much of my nana.

    i am making my way through this project and am so moved by your interactions with each of these incredible people.

    thank you for caring.

  17. francisfree 62 months ago | reply

    beautiful. . . and yes, she reminds me of my lola (that's grandma in our language, Tagalog). . .
    thank you for embarking this journey .. and I get to see and read them

  18. Jeremy Brooks 61 months ago | reply

    I ran into her this afternoon on Market. She's great!

  19. chaela.mcdonald 61 months ago | reply

    awesome. so cool. awesome.

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