Nobody’s Foo

While explor­ing around Chapel Hill in the spring, I noticed this amaz­ing scoot­er being dec­o­rat­ed and just had to stop and say ‘hi’.

What start­ed as a lit­tle curios­i­ty end­ed in about half an hour of great con­ver­sa­tion with local fix­ture ‘Foo’.  (He didn’t want me to do a por­trait sort of thing of him—but show­ing off his project, he was cool with).

We talked about the peo­ple he knows who are ‘liv­ing dif­fer­ent­ly’— we’d call them home­less, but Foo had sto­ries from real­ly know­ing folks well who were choos­ing to live with­out a house, and stay free of all that entails. When one such friend need­ed mon­ey for win­ter shel­ter, Foo bought the scoot­er from them. A scoot­er real­ly wasn’t nec­es­sary for him, but it end­ed up being a win-win, as it’s now the show piece of his uniques per­son­al­i­ty.

We also talked about his expe­ri­ences being accept­ed or not in the aver­age church when you don’t dress like the aver­age attendee, his career doing music videos, and the fun things he’s done that have made him a sta­ple of the Car­rboro cul­ture.

These sort of folks and con­ver­sa­tions are real­ly at the heart of why I love this area so much! If you see Foo cruis­ing around Chapel Hill some­day, stop and chat— you’ll be bet­ter for the time spent.

pho­tos by: Huth­Pho­to

E. Franklin Street, Chapel Hill NC

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