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Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Portrait of an Artist, in Washington Square Park

Washington Sq Park Photo by myself, in Washington Square Park.

While walking through Washington Square Park, Sunday, I met a chess player named Dawes. He was sitting with all his chess pieces out near the southeast entrance to the park.

Only Dawes isn't just a chess player. He also salvages pieces of wood from Washington Square Park and carves them into sculptures, giving the wood a new life.

Dawes gave me a history lesson of Washington Square Park, then showed me his work. He scrolled through hundreds of photos, on his phone. Then, after telling me about a book he plans to publish of his carvings, Dawes reached into his bag and generously gave me a carving of my very own. :-)
  Washington Sq Park The artist named Dawes proudly showed me one of his hand-carved sculptures. 

The Portrait Series is a once-in-a-while installment, featuring New Yorkers encountered on the street.

Related posts: Portrait of a Guy on Sixth Avenue, Portrait of a Skateboard Artist, on Prince Street, and Portrait of a New Yorker in Fashion.


Olivier said...

beau post et beau portrait de cet artiste

Stefan Jansson said...

Very cool. The people I photograph usually don't give me gifts like that!

biebkriebels said...

That is very nice of him, you must have touched him.

RG said...

Was in NY once. Will never forget it.

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I love the way you engage with and photograph people on the streets!

Banjo52 said...

That's a really nice story.