Daniel Long, Real Change Vendor, RIP
Catching up on news this morning, I was saddened to read of the death of Daniel Long, a Real Change vendor whom I had met in November on one of my city walkabouts. Real Change reported in the April 22 edition that Daniel was killed trying to intercede in a domestic dispute on April 10. He was homeless at the time of his death.
I had met Daniel and several other vendors briefly on November 13 outside the Real Change office in Pioneer Square. He and fellow vendor Lisa Sawyer were helping bring that week's edition newspapers from the printers' truck into the office for distribution. I was very grateful that they allowed me to spend time with them, chatting with me as I took several pictures. of them.
The portrait I took of Daniel that morning (above) is one of my favorite street portraits. I remember being taken at the time by his overall well-kept and refined appearance. I was also taken by his thoughtful and serene demeanor as we small-talked.
May you rest in peace, Daniel. I will always be thankful to you for your time with me and allowing me to capture your image.