If you look closely at the background you might find a few hints. Then again, that might muddy the waters.
Here’s some background.
Imagine an east-west line that starts at Springfield from the top, all the way to Cairo at the bottom. Now expand out from the Mississippi on the west to the Ohio River on the east. Over the years, I’ve made my way to and through nearly every town, city, and settlement in that southern part of the state of Illinois.
Medora, Illinois is one of those towns. If you’ve ever been to Medora there’s a good chance you’ve seen the place where this portrait was created. Not because it’s famous or fancy, just because it’s easy to take in the totality of the town just by driving through it a few times.
If you happened to pass through on a day Mr. Eddelman was around, you probably saw him as his wardrobe choices allow him to stand out.
Before I tell you what he does for a living I invite you to just use your imagination and let that be the end of the story.
Sometimes fiction is better than what passes for truth. Other times fiction is more honest than non-fiction.