Juan approached me as I leaned against the wall outside a club in NYC, waiting for my friends. He commented that I ought to smile. We struck up quite a conversation and he was happy to have his photo taken for the project. Juan's conversation space was fairly 'in your face' so I captured him that way, despite the facial distortion from the lens. He's apparently been featured in a book about the homeless in NYC in recent years. Son of a Cuban mother and American father, Juan was born and raised in Brooklyn. He did two tours in Viet Nam and is currently homeless. His joy and humour illustrated for me the strength and endurance of the human spirit. He was utterly charming, regaling me with stories of being left in a grocery store overnight and after a 10-15 min. conversation, he continued on down the street looking for pop tins in the garbage cans.