Sitting there outside the surf shop which was appropriately called ‘SMILE’ he seemed to be on good terms with most of the shoppers who walked past him in what I can only assume was his favourite spot to sit? Alongside him was a can of ‘Red Bull’ and a sleeping bag neatly rolled up and encased on it’s waterproof cover. He was wearing some pure white shades and must have been immune from the cold though; because apart from his chunky sweater he was only wearing these cut off shorts, sports socks and trainers.
I was fascinated with his body art and even more-so by the friendly and accommodating attitude he seemed to adopt with everyone he met. I truly do love characters like this gentleman; and it was very obvious that he was well thought of in the town; as many people actually made a point of crossing over the street to greet him that particular morning.
Once again I was left wondering who this man was in the area and how he had ended up gravitating to the beautiful town of Newquay and it’s outstanding beaches. I bet a few people would know this man very well indeed; and have enjoyed a good laugh or two with him as well?
For me though as a visiting street photographer who just happened to be there at the time; I was only able to offer a smile and a nod of my head to acknowledge my grateful appreciation to him for allowing me to capture his image. Unfortunately the woman alongside him was engaged in deep conversation and so I didn’t even get the opportunity to introduce myself; as much as I would have liked to?
Instead I relocated my ‘missus’ and together we headed off down to the precinct to seek out a coffee shop.
Thank God though for characters such as this!
For they are just priceless; in what is rapidly becoming an otherwise busy and somewhat all too impersonal world.