Bourbon Street is interesting. At best it’s a sleazy version of 6th Street here in Austin. In fact, I much prefer 6th Street and I really don’t care for Bourbon Street at all.
I quickly learned that if you see a person in costume or doing something unique they are out there for tips. Period. I saw a guy dressed up as Homer Simpson and took his picture. As I was walking away he flipped me off. I wasn’t sure why, then I took a picture of a ninja and he asked for a tip. From that point on I decided I wouldn’t be taking pictures of people in costume or performers. I’d just stick with candids.
The gentleman pictured was standing in the middle of Bourbon Street holding a sign “HUGE ASS BEERS” in front of a bar with the same name. I figured he was working for the bar so taking his picture wouldn’t be a problem. I was wrong. As raised my camera to take his picture he nicely let me know that I can take his picture for a tip. He was very nice, so I respectfully apologized and told him I didn’t know, and I’d take a pass.
As I started to walk away he said, “It’s okay, you can take my picture.”
“Are you sure?”
“No problem.” He had a gentle smile and kind eyes.
I took this picture, thanked him and walked away. I made it a few steps, pulled a five from my pocket, turned back and handed it to him. “Thanks for being a nice guy.”