I can’t imagine that being born with a severe congenital infirmity could ever have an upside. But the human spirit knows no bounds in some of what many people would view as a hopeless circumstance. Enter an escort I once photographed and the steady customer who called for her on numerous occasions through her low-rent Brooklyn outcall employer.
As I’m sure I’ve mentioned before, part of my job at Action Magazine was to carry my camera (their camera, actually) everywhere I went to take pictures of every client who would allow herself to be photographed for the publication. The boss’s rag boasted “over 200 girls you can meet today” (or something like that) on the cover and he wanted the sales guys to supply a constant stream of new images to keep his book fresh.
Pursuant to Joe’s desires, I found myself deep in the bowels of Kings County one night photographing a normal girl-next-door type who if I’d met in a different setting would have been girlfriend material – if she’d had any interest. Easy on the eyes…nice attitude? I mean…what’s not to like? As I was shooting the roll (yes, it was back in analog days), she began to tell me about a regular of note. As you can imagine, I’ve heard about every escort story there is. But this one wasn’t a tale centered around some fetishy guy whose predilections were from another dimension. The protagonist in the story was a severely infirm man with such a bad case of cerebral palsy that he was confined to a wheel chair!
Just when I thought this sweet girl was about to describe something awful to boggle my mind, a wave of longing swept over her essence as she confessed “He can really get his little hand in there.” The mental picture she conjured in my mind with that description was as vivid as if I was seeing it on a brand new 4k television. I knew at that moment that this escort had gone soft for the unlikeliest of suitors. No Chippendale dancer notwithstanding, she saw something in this guy that struck her to the core. And I believe it was that indomitable human spirit – and of course, the sizzling technique he had developed with his “little hand.” Combined, he’d cast a spell as sure as if Samantha from “Bewitched” had been his accomplice!
Think of all the times you’ve dressed your best…showered…and then given the object of your lust all that you ever could be only to fall short and not win the heart of your beloved. And then think of this guy in his wheelchair. Count your blessings…work your magic…and maybe you too can accomplish what this man did. The strength of the human spirit knows no bounds. And if I didn’t know it before, I did after that photo session.
P.S. I regret that I do not have her picture to post. It, along with hundreds of others, are currently locked away somewhere in the custody of well…figure it out. Thus the girl pictured above is clip art but representative of the actual woman in the story.