We had gone to Roche Brothers in Downtown Crossing for some early morning grocery shopping. Not having had breakfast, we bought a snack in their fast food area and sat down outside to eat it, when out of the blue came a roving street preacher. He didn’t stay long but his decibel level left a very strong impression.
When I first saw these three guys, my first thought was that a tight cropping of the group emphasizing their orange uniforms would be fun. However, as I got closer, the colorful jumble of colors and shapes was very striking. I didn’t come in as close as I had originally intended and the resulting image is before you.
It’s just stopped raining as people begin to start their way home. While not quite rush hour yet, Winter Street is beginning to get crowded. I made a lot of photographs in this area today but decided to show only this one as it nicely shows the bustle of this time of day.
I never saw what she was pointing at, but the wall and their postures were the real story. The picture is even somewhat out of focus but I don’t care. The color was too good to ignore.
I like the jittery shapes in this. They seem to set off nicely her calm appraising gaze.
The Spare Change News newspaper is sold by street vendors to raise money for the homeless who live on Boston’s streets. The guys that do this are really good salesmen. They stop just one inch shy of being “in your face” aggressive. This man who hangs around downtown crossing has an attention-getting call reminiscent of a machine gun. He goes “AK AK AK AK” very loudly and rapidly making him extremely hard to ignore.
We have just told him that we had already bought the edition he was selling. Look at his eyes. We no longer interest him. He’s already scanning the crowd for the next potential customer.
I told you they were good salesmen.