Bud In September

Here's a new portrait

of old Bud, who has been featured

many times in this stream of

images. Almost every day you can

find him outside in front of

the McDonald's on Ventura

near Trader Joe's - in

Studio City. He drinks coffee,

reads a newspaper. Because

he is never clean - his

fingernails are black -

and he is snaggle-toothed

and pushes a cart of

belongings, I assumed he

was homeless and stated

he was here at first.

But he's not. An elderly woman

saw me offer him a dollar

many months ago -

which he accepted -

and said I needn't give

him money, that he owns

a house - it used to belong

to his sister - and he has

money. I'll admit

few things intigue me more

than the thought of following

him some day -

as he leaves his McDonald's

perch -

back to his house

to see what life there

might be like.

He rarely if ever smiles -

but on this occasion -

a beautiful sunny day in which

I got my beamish boy some

McDonald's yummies, which

he loves (while I ate sushi

and fresh papaya from TJs) -

I requested a smile

and Bud smiled

this smile

at me.

  • Jozef Dudás 8y

    see it on(Portrait Portrait Portraitgroup)
  • Eric Parker 8y

    The rich beggar is one of the urban myths we use to absolve us from responsibility - Likely true this time but be wary.
  • PhotoBearUK 8y

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Fine Art Male Portraits, and we'd love to have your photo added to the group.
  • Nathan Marciniak 7y

    Great shot! That guy's face looks like it is carved from a block of sandstone, or velcro...(?) Definite high grizzle factor here. The gradient could use a little noise\grain to better match up with the face, though. Just a smidge.
  • Thorpeland 7y

    Hey wasn't this guy Rocky's coach in the original movie? :D Either way, great shot!
  • Camilla Bruun Farslev 7y

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Colourful people, and we'd love to have your photo added to the group.
  • Michelle Brea 7y

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Portrait Award (Trophied only -2 for 1 ), and we'd love to have your photo added to the group.
  • Ulric Collette 7y

    WINNER
    Your fantastic portrait picture is my winner! You deserve another one!
  • GASTON (aka Gasssman) Yeah Buddy.! 7y

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Superportraits, and we'd love to have your photo added to the group.

    WINNER
    Your fantastic portrait picture is my winner! You deserve another one!
  • Carrie 7y

    WINNER
    Your fantastic portrait picture is my winner! You deserve another one!
  • jakerome 7y

    This is a terrific portrait. Please add this picture to the 6 Million People group. We are collecting pictures & portraits of 6 million different people as a memorial to all Holocaust victims. We need to collect a lot of people, so please invite your contacts and add other portraits you have taken.
  • HVargas 7y

    you have to ward other in the group
    Please add this fine image to Mega Shot; Post 1 - Nominate 4 Mega Shots
  • araadamiani66 7y

    very nice!
  • Rui Ornelas 7y

    WINNER
    Your fantastic portrait picture is my winner! You deserve another one!
  • Francis Tan 7y

    This image was seen in SUPERPORTRAITS!
    Gassman says: Hmmm... Now that's one hell of a Superportrait!

    Keep up the good work!
  • Gaston Emery 7y

    WINNER
    Your fantastic portrait picture is my winner! You deserve another one!
  • HelpAge International 6y

    I think he gave you an amazing smile. I am intrigued about the house after reading the description. Did you ever find out where he lives?
  • 54WilliamGJusto54 (weather enthusiast) 5y

    What an absolutely beautiful photo.
  • Paul Zollo 5y

    thank you storminwilly.
  • Bruno 1y

    ★ Thank you too for your post in Portrait★Faces Continue...
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Taken on September 16, 2007
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