On my morning photowalks I often encounter homeless people. There are certain areas of my city where their population seems more conspicuous: downtown, near bus station, train station, Taichung Park, etc. During my early morning schedule many of them are still sleeping on benches, in doorways or archways.
It is easy to look the other way and pretend I didn't see them. It is more comforting to think that we will never be them and some how we are harder working or better at resisting temptation from alcohol, drugs, gambling or insanity. Essentially they are just people dealing with a harsher reality than you or I. All of the reasons for this are the subject of much philosophical and social debate. I'm trying not to get too preachy here because I don't like my glass house to end up with multiple jagged holes. Food for thought-if the spirit moves you-show some compassion. Buy them a meal and some water. I do that some and want to do that more. I don't give money because I don't want them getting alcohol with it. Yes I'm very grateful for the roof over my head, the amply stocked refrigerator and pantry and the hot and cold running water I have.
I'm sitting here listening to a great piece of music that influenced me a lot in my musical and actual youth. Genesis: Lamb Lies Down on Broadway was a double concept album in the era when they were quite common. I think it's one of the best of both the prog(progressive rock genre) and as a concept album in general. I had the privilege and good fortune to see it performed live at the old Academy of Music on 14th St. It was nice in a poetic sense too since the main character and storyline were from and in NY. Sadly, this was to be the last album with Peter Gabriel the man who I felt was "Genesis". Sure they were a brilliant band of excellent musicians aside from him but he gave it that quirky creative spark that set them apart from being just another prog band. Most disappointing to me was how Phil Collins a brilliant drummer chose to totally kick art to the curb for a successful business plan. I don't alt anyone for making a living but obviously as a passionate music fan-I was drawn in by the art and moved on when the "art" left. I know this will irk some other Genesis fans that stayed with the band after Gabriel left or that came in post-Gabriel but I'm being true to my feelings no apologies offered. Here is a link to full set performance of Lamb.
How about some color? Mix in some texture, some lines some depth of field and voila. Some of my favorite shots are the ones that if I didn't take a second look I would have kept on walking missing a great opportunity to capture something of beauty-even if only ephemeral. That is one of the great things about photography-it can make the ephemeral permanent.
Jon Gomm-Passionflower I'm blown away by this guy's style and flow. Nod to MoShang for introducing me.