street photograpy

“I work as a valet attendant. If I scratch any of the customer’s cars I need to compensate them for the damage. However, sometimes unbelievable things happen. One time I parked a car for a famous singer, there was a scratch on the car that was clearly from a time before. However the singer claimed it occurred while I was parking the car. I’m not good at dealing with stubborn customers like that. I just have to rely on their honesty. They are the sort of people who don’t care at all even if I say something to them.”

“발렛파킹 주차요원으로 일하다 손님 차를 어디에 긁기라도 하면 우리가 다 변상을 해야해요. 그러다보니 종종 이해 못할 일도 벌어져요. 한 번은 유명한 가수의 차를 주차했었는데, 분명 주차하다가 흠집낸 게 아니라 원래부터 있던 흠집인데도 불구하고, 그게 주차하다 생겼다고 생트집을 잡더라구요. 근데 그렇게 막무가내인 손님을 막아낼 재간이 없어요. 본인의 양심에 맡기는 수 밖에 없어요. 말해도 소용이 없는 사람들이거든요.” 

“We was actually all over - Atlanta, Alabama, Baton Rouge. We was homeless for a time ’til we found somewhere. We came back in October ’08. My mom was already here rebuilding [this house], but she died, so it left us in a spot of responsibility. Fixing here, fixing there… just got overwhelming. I have eight kids, three in college. It’s hectic, really hectic. We used to come down here from Baton Rouge like four times a week to make it livable. […] St. Bernard Project has been here about a month and a half helping and we just finished repairing my house [today]. It’s been really awesome. It’s like strangers come in, but they leave out family. I’m proud I finally finished my mom’s house.” 

Cab Driver (whose name I have forgotten) - Kodak Portra 400

He had a picture of him and Mike Tyson in a sporting goods store.  I asked him to tell me the story.  Basically he bet his friends that he would meet Mike Tyson, his favorite boxer.  Three years later he is buying a hat and in walks Mike Tyson.  He told Tyson the story and said they better get some photographic proof.  They took a picture and he has kept it for 8 years.