Posts tagged ‘storefront’

May 13, 2016

Active wear

The party is over.
Active wear
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March 28, 2013

Under the beauty lights

While I understand that a lot of people don’t get excited to see these kinds of photos, lately I’ve felt compelled to shoot homeless people. In the past this would not have been the case, but when you’re shooting more and more of the city around you it changes your perspective for both the better and the worse – or at least for the worse off. They are part of the surroundings, and when you’re doing everything in your power to capture beautiful things, well, you tend to feel like you’d be remiss not to document the trouble as well.

You worry, because you think people could be offended. It’s not just that you consider the subject’s privacy or personal space – you also are leery of those walking by. You feel kind of protective of the situation if you really care about what you’re doing. I’m discrete, and I don’t show faces unless they know I’m shooting them. I’ve decided anyone who lets me take their photo with alacrity, I’ll give them a bit of money. I’ve never understood people that don’t give a beggar some change. I really don’t get it.

As for this photo, I’ve seen that blanket before, and it’s always over his face. Something about the make-up mirror beauty lights overhead caught my attention here, not just the liquidation sign. I left it wide and low to keep the attention on the street. This is his dwelling. The ground floor of a 30-story building is not a very comfortable place to sleep.
Under the beauty lights

February 19, 2013

Passing the chained flower doors

There’s a cool project going on at 212 South State Street. I think it’s been up for over a year now, but I hadn’t had a chance to stop and photograph the artwork on this empty storefront until very recently. Children in hospitals painted these translucent panels to beautify an otherwise uninspiring space. I guess it’s an effort to give the kids an outlet and make a mark on their city. It’s called “Portraits of Hope.”

A lot of people passing by seemed to think I was strange for taking a few photos of the art, but I knew it would look great through the camera. Others were thoughtful and stopped to let me shoot. Still, I wanted passersby to be a part of the scene. The chained doors don’t really take away from the artwork, yet it’s strange to see kids’ paintings locked up. Either way I think they were effective in their effort.
Passing the chained flower doors
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