Homeless, helpless, destitute......

I stepped out of my comfort zone today and went downtown to experiment with street photography. I definitely have a new found respect for both street photographers and life in the street in general. For anyone who hasn't given it a try, I highly recommend it. It really opened my eyes to a lot of things and was much harder than I thought it would be. This homeless and handicapped man was hard to photograph mostly from an emotional standpoint. I tried very hard to conceal the fact that I was taking a picture. The reflection of this man in the glass really caught my eye. I think it is a powerful but sad photograph.....
amazing street portrait! Reality for some of us... I love the reflection... very nice shot... it speaks so loud and clear...
posted April 11th, 2012  
Powerful and sad is right. The despondant way his head is down. Like it in b&w too.
posted April 11th, 2012  
If you look at a photo and you feel overwhelming emotion..then the photographer has done his/her job. This is one of the best photojournalism photos I've seen so far on the 365....Brilliant. Fav
posted April 11th, 2012  
So sad - it brings our own problems in to perspective! Well done with the reflection and stepping out of your comfort zone.
posted April 11th, 2012  
I hope you don't mind...I put up the link to this photo on my photo of today. :)
posted April 11th, 2012  
Love it! Too many words to describe this photo... Sad, powerful...
posted April 11th, 2012  
Great catch & shot Gark!
posted April 11th, 2012  
omg... he looks young :(
posted April 11th, 2012  
@veg66 very kind of you, Joanne. I don't mind at all.
posted April 11th, 2012  
It is an amazing capture! I'm glad you and other people on this project post photo like this. I think it makes me and a lot of others here appreciate what we have. Thanks for sharing this.
posted April 11th, 2012  
@gark No Problem...it's over on my photo for today. (11Th.)
posted April 11th, 2012  
Wow Gark! This is one amazing shot and that reflection is so powerful! Well done!! Fav!
posted April 11th, 2012  
Amazing street shot. Powerful!
posted April 11th, 2012  
Great shot! Def a fave!
posted April 11th, 2012  
Very powerful. Well shot. It is easy for these photos to become exploitive, but this one is not, It tells a story so many want to avoid.
posted April 11th, 2012  
This candid speaks volumes...
posted April 11th, 2012  
Love this! Maybe you gave me some courage to finally take some street shots that I have been chickening out on taking! Maybe this weekend=)
posted April 11th, 2012  
Wonderful and very touching! Fav!
posted April 11th, 2012  
Gark, this is excellent in all respects. I agree that it is powerful and sad. Your perspective and B&W fit perfectly, so well done, keep em' coming. I need to spend some time just walking around downtown and shooting photos.
posted April 11th, 2012  
Really powerful Gark!
posted April 11th, 2012  
Amazing photo! It speaks. def fav
posted April 11th, 2012  
Another powerful and amazing shot.Great job!
posted April 11th, 2012  
Sad. GOD help him and other's like him. This is a great photo.
posted April 11th, 2012  
oh my... beyond sad... very powerful indeed... it's an amazing image, Gark... really... faving it as it deserves to be remembered...
posted April 11th, 2012  
You did it! It's an amazing photo!
posted April 11th, 2012  
Beautiful photo, excellent in B&W, this shot just breaks my heart...
posted April 11th, 2012  
I feel your sentiment. Reflection in the glass is fantastic .
posted April 11th, 2012  
That is powerful! You chose great processing too.
posted April 11th, 2012  
You have captured it all. No need for words.
posted April 11th, 2012  
Very well done -
posted April 11th, 2012  
This is amazing and powerful. You have captured a compelling story with great composition.
posted April 11th, 2012  
oh, this is so emotive. wow. love it.
posted April 11th, 2012  
It is hard to street photography. This is a wonderful and ver powerful capture. Well done
posted April 11th, 2012  
Reflections used very well...great shot esp in mono.
posted April 11th, 2012  
It is a powerfully sad photo. Well photographed. Very dramatic.
posted April 11th, 2012  
Well done, with respect for this person. It's also beyond my comfort zone to 'shoot' people on the street. The processing fits to the shot here.
posted April 11th, 2012  
Brilliant capture, love the emotional feel this photo gives. Fav for me.
posted April 11th, 2012  
This is a really wonderful piece of street photography, so emotional and full of feeling, you've captured everything you set out to do. a fav for me.
posted April 11th, 2012  
this is a really sad photo Gark, but excellent photo jounalism.
posted April 11th, 2012  
Beautiful photo and an excellent example of street photography - I really want to do this myself but I always feel a bit self-conscious taking photos of people.
posted April 11th, 2012  
amazing work gark!
posted April 11th, 2012  
Street photography is much harder than you would think especially taking photographs that expose personal struggle and rawness. It takes a special type of person to manage this with dignity.
posted April 11th, 2012  
Amazing image Gark! So powerful! Fav
posted April 11th, 2012  
This image will remain with me a long time. Powerful. Congrats on another PP
posted April 11th, 2012  
Great processing!!
posted April 11th, 2012  
This is fabulous. Well deserved PP on this. Great job.
posted April 11th, 2012  
I worked down town during the 1980's then in the 90's for a while and have seen so much of this. In my past career as a public servant I saw this and worse. I always tried to imagine the positive impact from applying revenues from just one pro football game or baseball game towards helping people, I'm still imagining.....
posted April 11th, 2012  
Very sad, but a great catch, Gark! B&W really makes the mood in this one - great shot!
posted April 11th, 2012  
ummmmm LOVE this...as you know most of my project is filled with shots like this...They are hard...so hard to take, but so very important so that we do not forget and we do what we can to help
posted April 11th, 2012  
so very sad....
posted April 11th, 2012  
This is truly beautiful and amazingly sad ... both emotions at the same time! I love this capture .. the emotion is doubled by the reflection. Awesome ... and yes, it must have been very hard to take this.
posted April 11th, 2012  
Goodness he looks very dejected !!
posted April 11th, 2012  
Sad, but I'm glad you stepped out of your comfort zone.... Fabulous picture!!!
posted April 11th, 2012  
I immediately wanted to know this man's story - what had gone before? A very compelling pic.
posted April 11th, 2012  
Very powerful....
posted April 11th, 2012  
Hey way to go - Stepping out of your comfort zone and photographing someone you don't know (much easier said than done). You mentioned a while back that this is something you wanted to do so kudos to you for going for it.

This photo makes me appreciate my health, happiness and home. Great shot - a fav for me.
posted April 11th, 2012  
Kim
Awesome job Gark! Very emotional, thought provoking and sobering shot! Fav! Awesome work!
posted April 12th, 2012  
Good on you for getting out there - it's definitely confronting to see how many people are living.
posted April 12th, 2012  
oh wow, how eye opening photos like this are!!! How does society let this happen? Well done for getting this shot although i understand how hard it must have been, i'm useless at shots like this! congrats on pop page too, fav'd.
posted April 12th, 2012  
Fantastic street shot. Did he notice you photographing him? I quite like streetphotography but as you said, it is very emotional and not always easy. Congrats on PP!
posted April 12th, 2012  
wow this is an amazing shot, don't know if I would've had the guts to take it.
posted April 12th, 2012  
This is a very emotional shot! Excellent capture!! fav
posted April 12th, 2012  
This is on the sign in page! Congrats!
posted April 12th, 2012  
Such an emotional image, the B&W really brings that out too. Poor guy, hope you show him your appreciation when you see him again, even a sandwich and a friendly smile would probably make his day. fave.
posted April 12th, 2012  
Very powerful shot in so many ways. Don't know if I could do this. Fav.
posted April 12th, 2012  
Indeed a very powerful shot!
posted April 12th, 2012  
Such a powerful shot. Absolutely amazing work Gark.
posted April 13th, 2012  
I agree with the other comments here. A powerful shot, with a real message somewhere, if we can only decide whether to stand and stare or pretend not to notice ... and that's a choice the subject does not have. I enjoy occasional escapes from my comfort zone out into the real world, but am not always comfortable with having done so. We just don't know what goes on inside their minds; we should care, but at what risk (to them or ourselves) do we enquire? Absolute FAV!
posted April 13th, 2012  
Umm.. Like wow.. Fantastic & moving photo.
posted April 13th, 2012  
Veray intensiv picture. Congrats to the PP.
posted April 13th, 2012  
Brilliant shot, instant fav
posted April 13th, 2012  
Exceptional, very touching.
posted April 13th, 2012  
such a powerful image
posted April 14th, 2012  
I think this is stunning, don,t know how i missed it. I think not knowing what a persons reaction will be, when pointing a camera towards them is what puts the majority off. Fav.
posted April 14th, 2012  
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