I could easily to tack a glib title on this photograph. (How many riffs on the word trash can you come up with?) Actually this is a hard, cruel portrait of a sad, desperate man. The weather is very cold. He’s directly across the street from a glitzy Apple store and he has no money in his cup. The current administration in Washington creates these people. DAMN IT!!
To my mind black and white images love rain. Puddles and water drops making their lovely circles sing in the wet.
It was a gloomy, cool, rain spitting day and I was on my way to the Park Street subway station when I say this chalk drawing on one of its grubby walls. All of a sudden the sun came out.
I took these photographs within 5 minutes of each other. Nothing really spectacular about either of them but when put together, the colors and the way these guys are facing make a nice combination.
I was wandering around Harvard Square this morning, taking pictures of this and that when I came across this lady beggar sitting with all her worldly possessions almost in the middle of the sidewalk. Not only was she homeless but she clearly had mental problems as well. From this quick photo I took you can’t see what she’s doing, so I’ll tell you.
She’s putting a wrapped sandwich, a kind passerby just gave her, inside a big black plastic bag, one of many next to her on the sidewalk.
For a brief fleeting moment she found the empathy she was seeking and I stopped taking “this and that” photographs.
I purposely underexposed this image and presented it in black and white because of this man’s sorrowful pose. Of course, he may not be sad at all, but if he isn’t, he certainly fooled me.
However, for the purposes of argument, let’s assume all he’s doing is taking a much deserved break from his kitchen duties, the wonderful geometry of his arms and legs would still call for de-emphasizing color. (A little more light in that case would of course be justified.)