portraits & snippets: No.2: Kev  by quietpurplehaze

portraits & snippets: No.2: Kev

Having a walkabout in Winchester we met Kev again selling The Big Issue.

When I met him for the first time and took his portrait for my strangers' project, he told me he was living in his car.

He now lives with his daughter and has been saving for three and a half years to buy a Mercedes Sprinter van, hopefully ready to buy it by Christmas and make it into his own home.

As ever, Kev was full of wit and banter, even telling passers-by as I took his photo that I was from the 'Daily News'.

Ray bought a copy of The Big Issue before we said good-bye.
What a delightful snippet about Kev, and a great photo too! I do hope things work out for him.
July 16th, 2018  
Nice natural shot! I hope he does well and you bump into him again.
July 16th, 2018  
A lovely portrait and so glad that you bought a copy of The Big Issue to help him out.
July 16th, 2018  
Great story and photo.
July 16th, 2018  
Such a warm smiley face - a lovey portrait and a story to touch one's heart !
July 16th, 2018  
A wonderful portrait and story Hazel! Have you considered doing a book of all the people you meet and their stories? It will surely be very interesting to read.
July 16th, 2018  
@ludwigsdiana

Diana, it has been suggested but I think there could be issues with copyright, plus I really prefer working/viewing online. I made a photobook about her after my sister died, also one to wish Ray happy wedding anniversary and they sit on a shelf. But thank you for the thought. A series I enjoyed was A Life in the Day in the Sunday Times magazine each week, also made into a book.
July 16th, 2018  
Such a super portrait and great story Hazel
July 16th, 2018  
What a shame that this man has fallen on hard times. You can see in his face the beautiful little boy he must have been while growing up. A few wrong choices and turns and sadly this probably isn't the life he would have wished for... Happy to read about warm personality!
July 16th, 2018  
Looks a happy soul in spite of everything
July 16th, 2018  
A very hopeful story and nice portrait
July 16th, 2018  
bep
A beautiful portrait. Wishing him all the best.
July 16th, 2018  
Great portrait and story Hazel
July 16th, 2018  
You can tell Kev is living in much better circumstances now. He has lost that homeless look that they all seem to have. So pleased for him & I hope he achieves his target. Good on his daughter for taking dad under her wing. She will be proud of him.
July 16th, 2018  
Very moving story... his eyes still have that lost look... I do hope his plans work out for him.
July 16th, 2018  
Kev looks nice...
July 16th, 2018  
Great portrait shot and story
July 16th, 2018  
Lovely portrait.
July 16th, 2018  
A nice story and image
July 16th, 2018  
Cool portrait.
July 16th, 2018  
What a heart warming story and lovely shot
July 16th, 2018  
What a moving story, I hope his plans come to fruition
July 16th, 2018  
this is a really good follow up photo and the light on Kev's face is lovely, creating sparkling catchllghts haze...i have a thing about catchlights !!!!
July 16th, 2018  
What fun to find some of your previous portraits and do them again.
July 17th, 2018  
@phil_howcroft

Thanks, Phil. I don't always have my portrait lens on the camera when I am out because I find it a bit restrictive for some types of photography. But on this occasion I did, thinking I would find some portraits above all else in Winchester. When I loaded the shot up to the laptop I felt it was evident that I had taken it with the portrait lens, great crisp detail.
July 17th, 2018  
Great story and portrait.
July 17th, 2018  
Sounds like a fun guy
July 17th, 2018  
I hope things work out for him! I try to buy the Big Issue when I can as well.
July 18th, 2018  
Lovely to see Kev again and he is looking well. I hope everything works out well for him he is such a happy chappie.
July 18th, 2018  
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