Nantucket Portraits

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John Luttman

Rob Smith

How long have you been on Nantucket, and what brought you here?

"Since 1980. A lady bought a house for her daughter, and she wanted me to work on it. So after nine months I decided to stay, and I like it. I've been here ever since."

Where are you from?

"Well, I was born in Brooklyn, but I've lived all over New York City, and up state."

What's your favorite part about living on island?

"You've got a lot of space. And it's really friendly here, even though it's pretty commercial. I know a lot of people, and that helps... to be able to chit chat and tell jokes. And that I can ride my bicycle anywhere. It keeps me in shape!"

What's your favorite joke?

"What happened to the turkey that go into a fight? He got the stuffing knocked out of him!"

How do you like to spend your free time?

"Karaoke. I really wanna be a good singer. I've been doing karaoke for 2 1/2 years. It's a good way of expressing yourself... I just need to work on remembering the lyrics. I also love to play scrabble. And I love taking care of animals. Oh, and getting coffee... love going down to The Bean for a cup of coffee. And of course I love watching the Patriots..."

You mean you're not a Jets or Giants fan?

"...No, no, I'm for New England. But I love the Yankees. Yankees for baseball, Patriots for football."

Is there any advice you'd like to give to my generation?

"Find something you really enjoy doing, especially if you're gonna do it for a living, and you're life is gonna be a lot easier."

Subject: John Luttman
Location: 'Sconset
Date: December 27th, 2015

Humans of Nantucket, modeled after the famous Humans of New York, intends to portray various members of the island community who share with us their lives, dreams and hopes.

Robert Smith is a local landscape and portrait photographer. He will soon begin building a website to feature his work, and will also shortly provide links to his Flickr and Instagram accounts. He can be reached at 508-221-6926