Trance Lady

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This is just a snippet of a much larger file showing a Beacon Hill matron walking down Charles Street. The bigger image isn’t all that bad but her face is where most of the interest is so I just cut the rest away. The street shooting purists will frown at this approach but I believe cropping isn’t a mortal sin if the result is worth sacrificing the pixels.

Mr. Experimental Carousel!!

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It’s not often one gets to take a picture of a glorious subject like this gentleman. He is soft spoken and very polite but very guarded as well. We’ve seen him around Boston in various places, often very far apart. What makes him so interesting to me is that he is always dressed exactly the same way whenever we see him. I don’t know his backstory yet but one of these days I will.

ENJOY

Cigarette

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I think it’s the simple background, the cigarette, and the black clothes that makes this a “keeper”. (Not to mention the fact that this guy looks like a model.)

Look Daddy

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A nice Daddy taking his son for a stroll. A sweet moment.

The Cancer Guy

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I was on my way to get lunch today when I came across this guy sitting under an overpass asking for money. I stopped, gave him some, and had a nice chat. He was being treated at the nearby Massachusetts Hospital and had only nice thing to say about his doctors. 

I gathered his cancer was very serious but his attitude was accepting of his condition. Looking at one’s death close up is hard. There is a Buddhist meditation theory that meditating on our death clarifies the mind and helps us to see things more clearly. 

The gentle demeanor of this man was very powerful.

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. 

 

Do We Really Ever Know?

 

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Taking street photographs the way I do, sometimes provides me the opportunity to peer a little bit into people’s lives. For instance this man was sitting next to a guy who sells a paper called Spare Change News. Money raised from selling this publication helps raise money for the homeless. 

On face value one might guess my subject is just a street bum. But looking closer at his tie, his tee shirt and the gentle look in his eyes makes me think that he has a back story listening too.

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