Homeless Man by the River

Discussion in 'Street and Documentary' started by Jman13, Aug 21, 2013.

  1. Jman13

    Jman13 FujiXspot Regular

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    Mar 7, 2013
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    I have the 27/2.8 in for review this week and was out for a bit with it. I then Went out to scout a new skyline location and found this man just sitting on the bank. Asked if I could take his picture and he happily obliged. X-M1 with 27/2.8 at 2.8.

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  2. RT_Panther

    RT_Panther FujiXspot Veteran

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    Did you get any of his story?
     
  3. bilzmale

    bilzmale FujiXspot Veteran

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    Bill
    Life has not been kind to him.
     
  4. pniev

    pniev FujiXspot Veteran

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    May 13, 2013
    It is very nice photo that makes one curious to the story of the man!
     
  5. Jman13

    Jman13 FujiXspot Regular

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    Mar 7, 2013
    Columbus, OH
    I didn't really have the time to sit and chat with him as I needed to get home, so I don't know his full story, but I was drawn to him for a few reasons. See, I'm not really a street shooter, but I've wanted to start trying for some of these shots. I had seen this location on the map as a possible good long lens skyline location and went to check it out. He was sitting there alone, minding his own business. When I first passed him, he said nothing. I finished my scouting and passed him again, and nodded to him. Again he said nothing. I got in my car and left, and went to one of my usual haunts for a few quick shots. That whole time, I kept thinking I should have taken his picture. So, I got back in my car, drove back and asked him if I could take his picture. He seemed quite pleased by the idea, and I told him he had a great face...which he really appreciated. He never asked me for anything, but I could tell by the way his teeth were black and worn down to nubs that he hadn't seen a real home in quite some time.

    I asked him if he was alright, and if he needed anything. He said, maybe a dollar. I gave him 5...he showed genuine thanks and I was so glad I had gone back to capture a slice of this man's life. He seemed very kind, and simply resigned to his life. I don't know if he made major mistakes that led him there, or if he just had bad luck and little opportunity.
     
  6. OdzBodkinz

    OdzBodkinz FujiXspot Veteran

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    Feb 17, 2013
    You should print him one and give it to him. He might have loved ones who would want it. It is a striking portrait.