Do Not Disturb
TITLE: Do Not Disturb
Street photography is a controversial genre in itself. Homeless photography is an even more delicate sub-genre. I don't deliberately set out to make homeless images but when the situation arises, and the message to not let the circumstances get swept under a rug is overwhelmingly in my face, I start shooting.
Homelessness and poverty in general have always been sensitive issues for me but the volume was turned way up on me from my years of living in the neighbourhood of Landsdale. I haven't yet come up with a final solution for homelessness and poverty. Like most, I'm only able to do small things on occasion to help someone make it to the next day or hour. I can't throw in the towel on the dilemma, nevertheless. I hope such images motivate others to individually or collectively keep trying to devise ways, big or small, of combatting the monumental addictions, mental illnesses, poor choices, social disabilities and genuine economic hardships that cause certain individuals to slip into abject poverty and even homelessness.
When I found this man, he was sleeping at the edge of Beasley Park. It had been raining hard earlier but the downpour had turned to minor drizzle by the time I made this image. More homeless people were in a lineup to receive food from a menís hostel on Cannon and Mary Streets. I think this is where he got his two loaves of bread from. The tree he laid under really didnít provide him with too much shelter but he dozed off there anyway with his loaves of sliced bread at his side, and a group of children running around in the nearby playground.
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