Photo Insight: PFT Commenter for The Washington Post

 Wearing dark sunglasses with an acoustic guitar slung over his shoulder, the most unlikely sports media personality on the planet stepped through the glass doors and onto 27th Street to wait for his Uber. Within 30 seconds, he was spotted. 

“Can I get your picture really quick, man? I’m your biggest fan,” said a passerby, pulling out his ear buds. “I was just listening to the show.”

PFT Commenter is used to it by now. With hair that hangs past his shoulders and ever-present dark sunglasses, he’s hardly inconspicuous. (“Like a short Kid Rock,” he jokes.) But as often as this same sidewalk scene unfolds, the context remains bizarre. PFT is commonly recognized. He’s also almost completely unknown.

(Story by: Rick Maese)

Link to story: PFT Commenter rose from an Internet ‘cesspool’ to podcasting glory.

I spent some time photographing PFT Commenter in Manhattan, New York.

 Sports podcast host PFT Commenter’s show, “Pardon My Take,” has more than 1 million listeners per episode. The man behind the character is is largely a mystery.

Sports podcast host PFT Commenter’s show, “Pardon My Take,” has more than 1 million listeners per episode. The man behind the character is is largely a mystery.

 "Pardon My Take" sticker on PFT Commenter's computer.

"Pardon My Take" sticker on PFT Commenter's computer.

 "Pardon My Take" episode recording.

"Pardon My Take" episode recording.

 “Pardon My Take” was the only sports programming to crack the most recent top-20 list from Podtrac.

“Pardon My Take” was the only sports programming to crack the most recent top-20 list from Podtrac.

 PFT Commenter’s desk includes Busch Light, red wine and Frosted Flakes.

PFT Commenter’s desk includes Busch Light, red wine and Frosted Flakes.

 PFT Commenter’s expanding portfolio also includes a late-’90s pop-punk band parody.

PFT Commenter’s expanding portfolio also includes a late-’90s pop-punk band parody.

 “Can I get your picture really quick, man? I’m your biggest fan,” said a passerby, pulling out his ear buds. “I was just listening to the show.”  PFT Commenter has maintained his anonymity even as his fame has ballooned.

“Can I get your picture really quick, man? I’m your biggest fan,” said a passerby, pulling out his ear buds. “I was just listening to the show.”

PFT Commenter has maintained his anonymity even as his fame has ballooned.

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Photos taken for The Washington Post.

Demetrius Freeman is a freelance Visual Journalist, who most frequently covers the metro section of The New York Times. For two years, he was a photographer for New York City’s Mayor Bill de Blasio. His work has been published in CNN, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Tampa Bay Times, ProPublica, and Newsweek. Demetrius has participated in several workshops and seminars including The Mountain Workshop, The Atlanta Photojournalism Seminar, The New York Times Portfolio Review, The Missouri Photo Workshop, and is an alumni of The Eddie Adams Workshop XXVII. He also supports and contributes in photography volunteer work and provide mentorship to high school photography students. Learn more and send him a note through his website, or follow him on Instagram @demetriusfreeman.