Homeless SF

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© matt theilen
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While on a photo assignment in San Francisco. I was waiting outside a building and happened to have my Mamiya 7 camera on my shoulder. A woman underneath a blanket crawled by right in front of me and was eating off the ground and licking the ground repeatedly. I watched as a woman gave her 2 dollars and told her to go get some food and the homeless woman blankly stared, crouched back down and dropped the money and continued to eat off of the sidewalk. I don't usually photograph homeless people or people in poverty without their knowledge, but in this case, the event was so powerful to me it was beyond words and I felt I had to make the photograph. I noticed the light creating triangles from reflections and the sunlight on the right lower corner and I put the camera up and made one exposure on Tmax 400 film. I framed her right in the center and waited for her hand to reach out and pick something off the sidewalk.

This image is directly related to the way the event made me feel at the time of exposure, therefore, it's less about the actual image and more about the experience leading up to me taking the image.

6 responses

  • Chris Blackhurst

    Chris Blackhurst (Deleted) said (8 Jan 2010):

    Well, if that isn't an example of a decisive moment, then I don't know what is.

  • Nima Taradji

    Nima Taradji (Deleted) gave props (11 Jan 2010):

    Well done!

  • Michele Randell

    Michele Randell gave props (2 Feb 2010):

    What a powerful image and narrative about humanity! Voted most definitely......

  • Julien Maury

    Julien Maury gave props (23 Mar 2010):

    i would prefer it darker.!!! but it's good!!

  • Roxana Brivent-Barnes

    Roxana Brivent-Barnes said (21 Aug 2011):

    Sad story, a perfect statement!

  • alex ringer

    alex ringer said (19 Oct 2011):

    No doubt your photo is powerful and has an impact. However, from this point of view if passes me a feeling from above, arrogant somehow, though I'm sure you are not. It looked to me as if it was a show and I don't feel at ease with it. After all it's a sad visual story.

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