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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 ran into Tommy outside the Superdawg restaurant at Milwaukee and Nagle in Chicago. Tommy asked me if I could help him out and so I told him about my $2 portrait project and he agreed to pose.

    Tommy was born and raised in Chicago. He went down to Florida for school but ended up back here. He was put into jail and they told him that he could either stay in the joint or sign up with the military. So he signed up with the Air Force and went to Cambodia. He said that when he joined the military that they gave him a new social security number.

    I told him I was in San Francisco and he said he'd visited and liked it. He said though that for the most part the food in California sucks. Of course Chicago has some of the best food in the world so it's easy to see Chicago as a hard culinary act to follow.

    Tommy said Chicago's been tough on him. He said it's a great place to be from, but not as good a place to live. He was married for about 10 years but never had any kids.

    Tommy said he mostly does odd jobs to get by. He said it's been hard though because the economy's been so bad lately. Then he laughed and said that even in a bad economy three things always sell, food, booze and dope.

    delhidreams, The Rusty Projector, and 93 other people added this photo to their favorites.

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    1. Mary Zahran 71 months ago | reply

      feeling almost ridiculous adding that this is a fantastic idea and shot...looking forward to seeing more

    2. samuel t ludwig 71 months ago | reply



    3. 71 months ago | reply

      This is exceptional Tom!

    4. CommonWonderer 71 months ago | reply

      Neat shot and really neat idea for the project. Thanks for sharing it!

    5. Flash Parker 71 months ago | reply

      fantastic... this is one of my favorite portrait shots of all time. Thanks for sharing the story, too

    6. AdventureRequired 71 months ago | reply

      Excellent! Nice subject and great camera. Thanks for sharing.

    7. tastygiant 70 months ago | reply

      such a great portrait

    8. SkyShaper 69 months ago | reply

      We think your portrait is fucking amazing, and would love you to add it to our group Fucking Amazing Portraits

    9. Bill McClaren 67 months ago | reply

      This is a remarkable portrait. The pathos in his eyes... the shallow depth of field and the glowing blue background. Excellent shot.

    10. Shelbi Anderson 67 months ago | reply

      You are my hero. I vastly enjoy your pictures :)

    11. maytetxu 66 months ago | reply

      Great idea, very nice project and very well executed, congratulations! Love this image and its colours

    12. decembre 62 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Portrait★Faces★Open Minded, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

      Found in a search. (?)

    13. sgbaughn 58 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called "The Living Face", and we'd love to have this added to the group!

    14. blakophoto 57 months ago | reply

      I wish I could fave this again. Amazing, really amazing.

    15. ernie_barreto 47 months ago | reply

      Fantastic image!

    16. [ iany trisuzzi ] 39 months ago | reply

      awesome portrait! the details and the colors looks really nice :)

    17. ***COOPS*** 32 months ago | reply

      What a face. Great idea too.

    18. gtvone 19 months ago | reply

      Great stuff! Are you still doing this $2 project?

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