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Papo, at the Harlem Meer

(38/100 Strangers) I met Papo at the Harlem Meer, in Upper East Central Park. He began our conversation by telling me the frogs and fish he used to catch here as a boy. He grew up on 108th Street, before venturing out of the city to the Metro North lines, where he worked as a Dental Technician. Papo is on hard times, "but I never take public assistance. I think taking it makes me lazy." While he mentioned how foolish he was for not using the system he once paid into, I think he is smarter than most. Before I left, he asked me not to linger in the park. "The sun's going down soon," he told me. Papo was a sentimental and considerate guy. Thanks for taking the time out to talk to me, Papo.

  • Canon EOS 5D Mark II
  • 1/200 sec
  • f/4
  • 70mm
  • ISO 320
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