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 seekingand 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.)
Dressed in floor length black, wearing a sensible hat and shoes, topped off by a long chain necklace, small cross and rings on both hands, this lady has walked down from Beacon Hill to shop for a bargain at a Boston retail institution.
It’s not unusual to see street people sleeping in unusual places. However, this girl is pretty obviously not a member of that clan. Why she has chosen to nap on a too short granite block in the middle of a very active shopping area is beyond me. That said, she makes the anchor for a pretty good triangular image composition.