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Renee with Breasts Exposed, Los Angeles, CA 1997
I was walking in a neighborhood east of downtown Los Angeles when this woman approached me with her breasts exposed. I asked her if I could photograph her, and she asked for $5, which I gave to her. I barely made this single picture before a police car drove up, prompting her to quickly cover up. The police looked at us both suspiciously, then moved on. I returned to this spot a few times and saw her again. That's when I learned she was addicted to drugs and working as a prostitute to pay for her habit. Also see Street Portrait #11.