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Alwin, the tourist
As I photographer, I often tend to notice other people who are walking around with cameras, and Alwin was hard not to notice, since he had a monopod attached to his. As we walked beside each other along the Downtown Mall, I struck up a conversation, and he immediately began asking me questions about Charlottesville. It turns out that he was visiting Charlottesville for the week and was hoping to do some street photography on the Downtown Mall, since somebody had told him that it was the place where you find the most people out and about. Normally that’s true, but on a quite hot and humid Sunday afternoon, there just weren’t that many people out on the Mall. I explained to him that he would have much better luck late Friday afternoon or on Saturday, told him about Fridays After Five, and suggested that he might try the Charlottesville City Market on Saturday morning, if he’ll still be here next weekend. He told me that in New York, he works as a transplant coordinator, which means that he works with the individuals and/or the families of individuals who have volunteered to donate their organs and are near death or have died. He said that it can be quite difficult work, as you might imagine, but that he feels good about the fact that seven or eight people may end up benefiting from the kindness and generosity of just one donor.
Downtown Mall in Charlottesville, VA