I said it before, I struggle with the ethical issue of photographing homeless. I think it’s because I am “profiting” from their situation, so to speak. They make provocative subjects, yet to them it’s just life. It’s almost as if I’m exploiting them in some way. I know I’m not, but still… I mentioned this in a comment on Mauro’s blog yesterday. If you want to read some interesting thoughts on photography and see some great black & white images, check out his blog, Never In Colour. Anyway, here’s a photo from last Saturday. I was as much interested in the lighting and shadow effect as I was in the homeless person sleeping on the sidewalk. In the sunlit part of the sidewalk you can see people walking to and from, while in the shaded area is only this homeless person. Sort of the light and dark of life.
UPDATE: Taking the suggestions of Mauro and Wildstorm, I’ve converted this photo to black & white and dialled back the contrast a bit. I think this version is an improvement. Hope you like it.