Spare Change News” Guy

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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.

Different Strokes For Different Folks

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I’m always amazed by the apparent personality differences one sees on city sidewalks. These people were very near each other on Charles Street this afternoon. As much as it may seem that they were aware of me and my camera. Neither actually were.

The Not So Happy Shopper

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I just love getting a good shot of faces. Who knows this lady maybe just worrying about how to cross the street but she sure does look unhappy.

Chinatown

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Busted!

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Occasionally in the street shooting biz you take a picture of a person who looks like they’re able and perfectly willing to take you head off. It really wasn’t the case with this lady as we almost bumped into each other as we were rounding the same corner and it was a surprise encounter. I’m not even sure she noticed my little camera, nevertheless I’m glad each of us kept on moving.

The Happy Boston Cowgirl

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A western boot and hat store smack in the middle of a blue blood Bostonian neighborhood? Yup partner there is one. It’s called Helen’s Leather Shop, 110 Charles Street. Emine here “womans” the counter and likes to get her picture taken. It didn’t seem too much of a hardship so I was happy to oblige. 

They did a good job for me putting a leather handle on my camera bag and who knows if I’m ever in a yippee yi yo ki yea mood I might ever get me a pair of boots for my size 14 tootsies.

PS I had originally written “mans” the counter but Emine let me know in no uncertain terms “womans” was correct.

 

Street Portrait

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At its most basic, taking pictures of people as they go by you is all about trying to extract a bit of their essence from a fraction of a second encounter. There is a lot of luck involved but if you do it enough sometimes it happens.

 

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