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| p.1 #4 · Homeless Man by the River |
Thanks, Tom...you're very kind.
I was drawn to him for a few reasons. See, I'm not really a street shooter, but I've wanted to start trying for some of these shots. I had seen this location on the map as a possible good long lens skyline location and went to check it out. He was sitting there alone, minding his own business. When I first passed him, he said nothing. I finished my scouting and passed him again, and nodded to him. Again he said nothing. I got in my car and left, and went to one of my usual haunts for a few quick shots. That whole time, I kept thinking I should have taken his picture. So, I got back in my car, drove back and asked him if I could take his picture. He seemed quite pleased by the idea, and I told him he had a great face...which he really appreciated. He never asked me for anything, but I could tell by the way his teeth were black and worn down to nubs that he hadn't seen a real home in quite some time.
I asked him if he was alright, and if he needed anything. He said, maybe a dollar. I gave him 5...he showed genuine thanks and I was so glad I had gone back to capture a slice of this man's life. He seemed very kind, and simply resigned to his life. I don't know if he made major mistakes that led him there, or if he just had bad luck and little opportunity.