Every two weeks I make a business trip to Asheville, NC, known as The Land of the Sky. But this isn't about the city. When I visit there, I hit the streets with my camera to make photos. During the warmer months individuals and bands perform on the streets for money, of course, to make ends meet. If I make photos of street performers, I give them money. That's my rule.
The man in the photo is one street performer I've come to know. His name is Michael. When I met him for the first time last spring he told me he is homeless. He plays to get money to buy food, cigarettes and a night on a couch somewhere. For six dollars he can rent a couch for the night. The last time I saw him he said he usually talks the price down to five dollars. There are places in Asheville the homeless can visit to shower and wash clothes. So he takes advantage of that.
The autumn and winter past he was absent from the streets. He went to Tampa to see about a job that didn't work out for him. Now he's back. His desire is to work in a tattoo parlor but it's hard to get in to a parlor in Asheville. He's a good dude and I hope the best for him.