I was having a tough time finding anyone to photograph in the town of Lagrange, GA last Sunday morning. Often times, if a small town has anything labeled “adult”, it’s in the neighborhood that I want to be in, for this project. So, I found a place called Commotions Adult Entertainment, and navigated there.
It was closed, as expected, so I got out and started taking some pictures of the surroundings. I hadn’t been there 3 minutes before Mohawk came walking by.
I stopped him and was explaining the project. We just started taking a few pictures, when a car pulls in. The driver said to Mohawk, “We’ve been looking everywhere for you!”. At first I thought they had been looking for him because he had done something wrong. That was not the case.
They started pulling out boxes of food and loading a weeks worth of groceries in Mohawk’s backpack. Turns out, they saw him walking earlier and assumed he was in need of a helping hand. They went and bought all these groceries, and then couldn’t find him. They’d been driving for over an hour trying to locate him again.
This family didn’t look like they had a lot to spare so I asked them, “Why are you doing this?” Dee (mom and wife) started telling me about how, not too long ago, they didn’t have 2 nickles to rub together for a meal and how they knew it was their responsibility to take care of others who needed a hand.
It didn’t dawn on me til after I dropped Mohawk off, that I had witnessed the holiest thing that happened, for miles around, that Sunday morning, in the middle of a strip club parking lot.