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© Richard Knight
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UploadedApril 1, 2016
TakenOctober 30, 2009
ModelCanon PowerShot SD850 IS
Exposure1/125 sec at f/2.8
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Focal Length5.8 mm
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Thank you Carol Holmes for the spotlight!


October 30, 2009

Decatur Street, New Orleans, Louisiana

I exited the Café du Monde, one of the French Quarter’s most popular tourist attractions, crossed Decatur Street, and turned east. As I made my way toward the French Market, a young couple emerged from a condemned building on my left. I said hello and, as a courtesy, asked permission to take their picture.

The young man muttered something about my paying for the privilege. However, the young lady smiled and said “okay.” “Don’t listen to him,” she said, “he’s high.” (It was noontime.)

She said her name was “Ginny” with a “G,” and she was from Minnesota. She had been drifting for about three years. She and “Skye” (I think she said) had been together for two weeks.

I took their picture and attempted more small talk, over Skye’s weak protest. Ginny was 19 and “a few months’ pregnant.” She had no address. She had no plans. She had nothing.

I could see that Ginny was a pretty girl, underneath the grime and the filth. She had a nice smile, despite the deplorable condition of her teeth.

Ginny said they were hungry, so I gave her some money. She was very grateful.

I thanked them and moved on to the dramatic statue of Saint Joan of Arc, less than a block away.

19 responses

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen gave props (1 Apr 2016):

    This really is a good picture ...it tells a story. it would fit well for the human interest challenge and I'll bet it would go hot again!

  • MªTeresa Barreda Royo

    MªTeresa Barreda Royo gave props (1 Apr 2016):

    Interesting story...great idea and nice photography !

  • jaume morera guixa

    jaume morera guixa gave props (2 Apr 2016):

    I totally agree with their wiews !!

  • Lynn E. Harvey

    Lynn E. Harvey gave props (2 Apr 2016):

    Yes, yes, yes! we are a samll group that is left! not jumping any ship here!!! thank you!

  • Lynn E. Harvey

    Lynn E. Harvey gave props (2 Apr 2016):

    p.s. I am on other sites but still love our simple format, less clutter!!!

  • Tom Piorkowski

    Tom Piorkowski (Deleted) said (2 Apr 2016):

    Great picture and great story, I hope the couple is doing well, time moves on.

  • jaume Morera Barreda

    jaume Morera Barreda gave props (2 Apr 2016):

    Very goot story and photograph !!

  • Betty Maxey

    Betty Maxey   gave props (2 Apr 2016):

    Here here! !!! I have always said that not only do your photos tell a wonderful story, your narrative always holds my attention. Fabulous gift, that story telling !

  • Suzanne McGeady

    Suzanne McGeady said (2 Apr 2016):

    Heart wrenching.......I wonder where they are today.....hopefully alive and looking back on a time best forgotten....
    Great image Sir Richard.

  • Tiia Vissak

    Tiia Vissak gave props (3 Apr 2016):

    a wonderful capture!

  • Ophelia Lamplighter

    Ophelia Lamplighter   gave props (3 Apr 2016):

    Very sad in the area still. Wonder how they faired???

  • Christopher J Chalk

    Christopher J Chalk gave props (3 Apr 2016):

    I do recall this photo & narrative, Dick! I too hope that they both moved on in a positive way & that Ginny's baby is safe & well :)

  • Fred Moskey

    Fred Moskey gave props (3 Apr 2016):

    This is a great human interest photo. We do not have that many street people here in my town but we do have a terrable drug problem. We have a lot of girls like Ginny who have turned to prostution to support thier and the guys they are with durg habit! We have had many die for overdoses, including my next door neighbor's son! It is a terrible plage that has fallen on our country.

  • Ioana Caravan

    Ioana Caravan   gave props (3 Apr 2016):

    A great shot and a very sad story. I agree with Fred about drugs.

  • Saroj Swain

    Saroj Swain gave props (6 Apr 2016):

    good shot and reality....

  • May Lattanzio

    May Lattanzio gave props (11 Apr 2016):

    Great story. I've met a few with and without a camera that deserved to be remembered. No plans. So young. And pregnant. Perfect candidate for the welfare culture.

  • Carl Kuntze

    Carl Kuntze gave props (16 Apr 2016):

    Girl looks reproachful.

  • elfriede fulda

    elfriede fulda (Deleted) gave props (24 Apr 2016):

    Great capture and candid shot, Richard, unfortunate for them , they live in their own world...sad

  • Ann Reece

    Ann Reece gave props (1 May 2016):

    This is such a sad story, I hated to hear that Ginny was pregnant and bringing an innocent baby into her world.

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