ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — In the picture, the elderly man is sitting on a bench against an adobe wall. He is wearing a neat, narrow-brimmed hat and glasses and clutching the top of a cane perched between his legs. A red handkerchief peeks out of his hip pocket. His gaze suggests that he is looking more inward than at anything in front of him.
“It was down in Old Town,” photographer Walter McDonald said during a phone interview from his home in South Padre Island, Texas. “He was sitting in the sun. He just looked so doggoned comfortable. Click. I walked away. I knew I had a great picture.”
It was one of thousands of pictures McDonald shot over eight months in 1969-70 as part of an Albuquerque street photography project launched by the still-new Albuquerque Museum, which had opened in 1967 and was at the time of the project located at its original site at the Albuquerque International Sunport.