Introducing Mr. Spare Change News!

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This guy’s extraordinary. He’s been selling these papers on the street for 30 years. Today he told me he had attended a “goin home” celebration last night. What? A “goin home” celebration is when a born again member of his church dies and goes home to God.

It’s a lovely thought. 

 

Monetary Exchange

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I have no idea of what’s actually going on here but I like the confluence of shapes.

Pulling Strings

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Here is a window cleaning guy hoisting a bucket up to his buddy. Nothing particularly dramatic going on but the yellow coat, the absence of other figures and his pose certainly helps.

Poet For Hire (It was worth it)

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Let’s start with a formal portrait of a young man who calls himself Odz Nens. He has set up his typewriter and chair near Boston’s Frog Pond.

He creates poems for passersby on any subject of their choosing. Currently his entire income comes from this endeavor.

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He studied bioengineering at the University of Illinois campus in Urbana

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He’s a gentle, pensive guy. He told me many cities have street poets. Boston has a few. New Orleans has the most.

I asked him for a poem about street photography.

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Here It Is:

Roving Eye

Eye wants

what eye wants. I’d like to say the story’s on the street,

                                                                       though I’ve turned down

                                                                        many a blind alley.

Industry anoints the street with oil.

Glancing light

anoints the street with

                                                                         a halo unseen.

When the puddles froze over

                                                                         in New Orleans

passersby took pictures

                                                                         as if they were the moon.

 

 

The Guitar Player

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Down on his luck? Yes. Drunk? Maybe. Make a nice focal point? You judge.

Landscape? Abstract?…Visual Disconnect

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I wouldn’t call this photograph much of a landscape and it certainly isn’t a conventional abstract either but somehow there’s a bit of both in it and together they give it a rather other worldly look.

Just Waiting

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I’d like to tell you a story about this photograph. However there isn’t one. I just liked the composition. There is even the possibility that it might eventually turn into a black and white image. However that’s not very likely as i’d loose the snap of the red striped poles.

 

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