minniev wrote:That's a pretty eye-catching street shot - well taken and well presented.
I am glad I am not the only one who has taken photos of people who are "not awake". I have several of such. Sometimes they make powerful statements.
Duck wrote:The first thing that struck me about this image was that your choice of cropping doesn't allow the poor guy to sit up straight. Poor guy passed out from the exertion
My personal philosophy is to avoid photographing the homeless at their most vulnerable. Good street photography is about finding the story and showing the emotion in a single frame. While a homeless man passed out on a bench tells an emotionally charged story it is one that is too easy. Unfortunately homelessness is too prevalent a condition and many of these people get exploited enough without having a camera lens point out their misfortunes.
I have taken photos of homeless people but it would be hard to tell from the images. I prefered to concentrate more on the individuals than their condition. I do have one image that is somewhat similar to this, though. However, in that image there is a juxtaposition between the sleeping man and all the activity happening around him. Here is the link to the image if you are interested. (Sleeping on the bench)
This by no means is a criticism on this image, just a flip of the coin. I would say, though, the poor guy needs more head room.
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