I asked if I could take his picture and he said yes. I started backing up to clear space in between us but he was so tall, I couldn’t properly frame him. I backed all the way to the rail of some steps leading up to a restaurant, and then asked if he wouldn’t mind backing up as well when I couldn’t move any further. He backed up baby steps at a time while I leaned back against this rail, while onlookers got to watch this game of slow departure measured in inches.