Update: the artist pictured here is Steve Meadows, of S.D. Meadows Folk Art Gallery.
Shortly after my first artist “encounter” I came upon another one who had some visually very interesting artwork. With the whole “No Photos Please” still fresh in my head, I was struck by seeing two or three taking pictures of his art, and the artist just chilling in his chair. I glanced at the artwork, and decided that I must have a picture of this guy’s mustache. I struck up a conversation with him, complimenting him on his art, noting that some of his art seemed to take inspiration from his mustache. “Yup, several are self portraits.”
With my camera in hand, I started to ask “Do you mind if I take a picture…” and before he let me finish, he said “Take a picture of anything you want.” Clearly he thought I wanted to take a picture of his art. I explained to him that I really wanted a picture of him, with his mustache instead, and he consented. I then saw one of his self portraits and decided to take a picture of it as well to make a diptych. Unfortunately, I didn’t get his name, so I can’t link to him. Phail photog.