It was very late on a New York summer evening when I watched this man deftly folding cigars at a little table, out on a street in Little Italy. He was so quick that he made it look as easy as origami for beginners.
It was the long weekend before the Fourth of July celebrations last year (2010) and the atmosphere on the crowded streets was amazing. I watched him for a while before going up to speak to him. When I asked if I could possibly take his picture, he agreed with a grin. And despite the fact that the street was in heavy shadow and the dusk light wasn’t really strong enough for portrait photography, I had to take up the challenge.
As you can see from the reflection in his sunglasses, it wasn’t dark, but the sun had long since set and we were about half an hour away from nightfall. I was just hoping he wouldn’t ask me to sit down beside him and emulate his dexterity at the job. I would have failed miserably.
I do not crop, enhance or post-edit my images in any way. Shot with a Pentax K100D, using a Sigma 18-125mm lens. F5.6, 1/45 sec, ISO 800, focal length 125mm.
Featured in CAPTION FUN, February 2011.