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© Richard Knight
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UploadedMay 1, 2016
TakenOctober 30, 2009
ModelCanon PowerShot SD850 IS
Exposure1/125 sec at f/2.8
FlashNo Flash
Focal Length5.8 mm
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[French Quarter, New Orleans, Louisiana, October 2009]

This is from my three-day visit to the New Orleans French Quarter in late October 2009. Everywhere, I saw young “street” people.

I recall that the two men in this photo were engaging, apparently educated, and fine musicians, despite the guitar. The woman said nothing.

These three were not covered in grime or in need of healthcare. They were affecting a “look,” but their shoes and clothing were serviceable. She had a camera. The dog was well-nourished.

Contrast these three, however, with “Ginny and Skye,” a couple "down on their luck" and cut off from society. (Please see my previous upload.) Unlike Ginny and Skye, these three did not seem to be cut off from anything. Unless they were going home at night, they appeared to be living on the street because they wanted to.

As always, thanks for stopping by.

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  • jaume morera guixa

    jaume morera guixa gave props (1 May 2016):

    I Like it a lot !!

  • Mark Tate

    Mark Tate (Deleted) gave props (1 May 2016):

    Nice shot, my life was very similar at that age, I spent a lot of my time on the streets of Melbourne with my guitar and camera, I always had a place to sleep and shower though and 30 years latter I am an acomplished photographer and have 2 degrees. You never no where life will take you and you just can not ell where some one is going. These people for some reason do not look like loosers.

  • Betty Maxey

    Betty Maxey   gave props (1 May 2016):

    Very nice observations here, cuz !!!

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen said (1 May 2016):

    Maybe they were just temporarily camping out between jobs and planned to go back to work after they got tired of the street life...I notice the dog is wearing a collar and looks well fed...They don't look like they are hurting anyway. Maybe they are enjoying their life style and having some fun along the way!

  • Ann Reece

    Ann Reece gave props (1 May 2016):

    They look like they are just hanging out and enjoying the day.

  • Richard Knight

    Richard Knight said (1 May 2016):

    That's kind of what I think, Ann. Thanks everyone for your great comments!

  • jaume Morera Barreda

    jaume Morera Barreda gave props (1 May 2016):

    Entrañable momento

  • Tiia Vissak

    Tiia Vissak gave props (2 May 2016):

    a wonderful scene!

  • elfriede fulda

    elfriede fulda (Deleted) gave props (2 May 2016):

    Nice candid shot, Richard !

  • Edith O'Dell

    Edith O'Dell said (2 May 2016):

    Nice hot they appezryto be very happy

  • Saroj Swain

    Saroj Swain gave props (2 May 2016):

    Young “street” peoples lifestyle... in a intersting way. Sir Richard captured the best!!!

  • Tom Piorkowski

    Tom Piorkowski (Deleted) said (3 May 2016):

    Nice picture, great capture, looks they were having fun, thanks for sharing


    ROCIO GUILLEN gave props (3 May 2016):

    I agree with Tom, they really look happy!

  • Carroll Pierce

    Carroll Pierce said (5 May 2016):

    I don't think these people are homeless / roofless, just busker and friends clearly having a blast and it shows! Nice shot, full of the joy of life.

  • Carl Kuntze

    Carl Kuntze gave props (5 May 2016):

    Ran into a similar scene five years ago. The city is a Mecca for musicians.

  • Carlo Pagan

    Carlo Pagan gave props (5 May 2016):


  • Mary Brown

    Mary Brown gave props (10 May 2016):

    Hi Dick! Nice shot! I wonder if they are just hanging out for the day and having fun, then going home at night!

  • Vicki Koch

    Vicki Koch said (10 May 2016):

    Nice - tell the dog to look at you next time :)

  • Elyseo

    Elyseo gave props (10 May 2016):

    great shot, great moment

  • Lynn E. Harvey

    Lynn E. Harvey gave props (11 May 2016):


  • Suzanne McGeady

    Suzanne McGeady said (16 May 2016):

    Interesting observation Sir Richard......well two out of the three looked happy to be where they're at.....be interesting to see if they would still be there on a wet miserable cold day.....do hope it was just an interim.

  • Kathleen DesHotel

    Kathleen DesHotel   gave props (30 May 2016):

    Being a New Orleanian makes me think these are a trio of college kids just chillin' in the Quarter for the day! Since Katrina many homeless, desperate people are attracted by the possibility of getting food or a few coins from people.

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