I was sitting in a small coffeeshop in Dali / China enjoying looking at passing people and this man turns up with some type of old looking scroll. (is it called that?!) Anyways, I’m not much for the tourist type of things so I declined buying although he insisted for a long time changing the price dramatically to make me buy it. He had this really nice way and we laughed together a lot. I didn’t want to buy and finally he continued his journey. I felt really bad about the whole thing, he was such a nice old man and he really just wanted a few coins to make this day work – he wasn’t a beggar and I’ve given them plenty of change but this guy who tried so hard I gave nothing but small talk.
I was hoping for him to return so I could give him something and to my great joy he did – about an hour or so later – and I gave him something similar to a dollar and his face shine like a small child’s. He said, Now I have dinner for tonight.
Picture taken using the wonderful little Sigma DP1. Full size image on flickr.