The legendary jazz bar, The Classical Joint, was something of an institution within the community - untouched from when it was first established in the late '60s - and Lorraine knew its closure was a big story.
"I was an aspiring freelance journalist, there for the first time, hoping that a story about the place might inspire an editor to buy my first article," she shared in a piece she wrote for The Guardian many years later.
Making her way through the crowd, the young journo saw a scruffy man with ginger hair wandering around taking photos of patrons, using what looked to be an expensive camera and tripod. She saw her opportunity: his pictures could just be what her story needed to get it over the line with editors and see her piece published.
She did note, though, that the man wasn't being received all that warmly by the people whose images he was snapping.
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"As he was taking all these pictures, people turned away from him when he came up to them," Lorraine recalled on the podcast What It Was Like with Julian Morgans. "[People] literally turned away when he came up to them. [But] I thought, 'What the heck, I want these pictures.' So I waved him over.'"