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#1 JasonTO

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Posted 04 June 2017 - 06:51 AM

I was photographing a storefront and this man begged me to take his picture (s) in front of different things. I asked him to pose beside this scarecrow. 

 

His name is Erik. He was very proud of his new bleach hair and explained the peroxide process he used. He wanted to make sure I got the logo of his shirt in the shot, "Commissionaires Security/Sécurité."

 

He was very grateful. He invited me to the Salvation Army for a free meal as a thank you. He wouldn't accept that I had plans and insisted so we settled with, "I'll try, but I can't promise anything." 

 

He extended his fist for a fist bump, we did, and then he went on his merry way...

 

 

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Posted 04 June 2017 - 10:35 AM

Nice one & interesting what you wrote, Jason.

 

There's often an interesting background how folks get into such a situation...

 

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Posted 04 June 2017 - 11:45 AM

Thanks, Herman. 

 

There usually is but I don't pry. 

 

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Posted 04 June 2017 - 12:18 PM

Nice shot and story, Jason.

 

Recently, I realized that some of my favourite shots are the ones that have stories to go with them.  :)


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Posted 04 June 2017 - 12:25 PM

Thanks, Mark.

 

I agree, stories always add to the shot and sentiment.  :)



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Posted 04 June 2017 - 02:16 PM

Nice shot

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Posted 04 June 2017 - 04:53 PM

Thanks, Dennis.



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Posted 05 June 2017 - 02:26 AM

Nice one Jason

A story can elevate a photo to a different level.

Rather than prying I've found on many occasions that people are only too happy to share their journey, good or bad. The issue is in sometimes getting them to stop. Some people have fascinating life stories and the difference between success and let's just say the alternative can be tiny fractions.


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Posted 05 June 2017 - 07:59 AM

Thanks, Pooh.

 

In my experience, homeless people, especially those with various mental health issues, are drawn to me like magnets and 9 times out of 10, open up to me with some of the most ultra personal details of their life. This is why I don't pry; I usually don't have to ask.

 

I agree and disagree about your comment on "getting them to stop." In many of my experiences, I'm the one who has been stopped. In other cases, I've already been sitting (in a park, on the subway, etc.) and have been approached.

 

Many people have fascinating stories, though it requires a certain level of street sense to pick up on BS, if you're being hustled. if you're being stalled or distracted to be pick pocketed, if you're being led to an isolated area as you chat, etc. One should always be aware of their surroundings. This is not to say that all street people are dangerous or intend you harm, however, I've seen enough actual events in this city which has taught me that anything can happen anywhere.



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Posted 05 June 2017 - 09:19 AM

Hi Jason

 

Seems like a bit of a misunderstood comment my friend. When I mentioned about getting them to stop, I meant getting them to stop talking can be an issue. It's like they want to give you their life story.

 

Also agree that you have to be street wise as, unfortunately a few unsavory sorts around who will take advantage.


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Posted 05 June 2017 - 10:29 AM

I did misunderstand,  Pooh. I agree it sometimes is hard to get them to stop. I don't mind listening to their stories if I have the time; they're human, too. A large portion of society looks down on them with disdain or these people become an invisible back drop that are just there, part of the cityscape but not actually human, so to speak.

 

However, it gets difficult when conversations turn to, "I'm Peter Pan and these are my fly-away boots" (as they point to the plastic bags they're wearing as shoes); "I'm King George's daughter" (as they explain how they're the rightful heir to the throne of England); "Come closer, can you hear them" (as one wants to see if you can hear the voices talking in his ears); or when one tries to explain some kind of inter-dimensional galactic warfare going on and that cats are actually extraterrestrial spies that are going to take over our planet one day...to think of a few of the countless conversations I've had. It takes tact and skill to navigate and redirect those conversations back to the original subject. 

 

There are lots of unsavory sorts out and about here depending on what area you visit.







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