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  1. #1
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    The Streets of NYC

    I had to drive through NYC today and thanks to all the traffic I was able to snap a few images. They are not the best due to the lack off time I had to shoot them.

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    Here are a few more.

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    Red face Misplaced Social Refugee

    Personally, I think that last guy would feel a lot happier with a one way ticket to Haiti. He'd be a whole lot warmer and have so much company (and a much better chance at getting some change), it would make him feel on top of the world. The rarity of parity! Socialism in its finest hour. Everything is relative. Just ask the "Woods" man.

    Nice shot. Frank!
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    Captain, the men have not eaten in days
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    Captain, the men have not eaten in days

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    Captain sir , the men, they have not eaten in days

    (captain) well force them!!!

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    Jawohl, Captain Klumpz. Joking aside ..

    It's a sad comment on western society that the hungry and homeless stalk our streets in enduring testimony to our lack of charity. The owner of the car being booked for illegal parking will happily (??) stump up a $100 fine whilst ignoring the tragedy on the pavement (sidewalk?).

    No Don, I'm not taking a swipe at the US, we are handling the situation no better in the Uk and the same goes for the way we deal with our old and infirm. I do however think that pointing a disparaging finger at Haiti in their hour of need and after two huge natural disasters redounds to your discredit. I don't remember Washington scoring many brownie points for the handling of your New Orleons disaster.

    On a happier note Frank, your pics make for an interesting snapshot of the city. Is it simply fortuitous that the hungry beggar is juxtaposed with Macdonalds or just an ironic coincidence?
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    Red face Fodder of the masses ...

    Every city has a good share of these "unfortunates", but it is nothing like the more and more aggressive ones seeming to line the by-ways of, most notably, San Francisco. According to family members, having to annually venture out that way, this "voting block" has increased alarmingly and has reached levels that are almost criminal and a true reflection of that state's failure to address its engorged vagrant populous. It is a clear disservice to the hard-working and productive denizens of SF, as these "needy" literally drive off the well-meaning and casual visitors to such cities, because most ordinary folks from outside communities simply do not understand or want to have to deal with them. When a trip to SF comes up on the calendar, this year, it will be with much more caution that this particular venture will be taken.

    While this blight may be a reflection of the times and certainly far more of a problem than in prior years, opportunities can be explored to reduce it, but it is not going to be solved with a 16+% unemployment rate ... or will it? Again, it is all relative and depends on location, location, location. I have to say, unlike the localized victims of a natural disaster (where social status rarely makes a difference), this is an unnatural one that the world-at-large has created and allowed its unfortunates to fall victim throughout the planet, with their ever increasing numbers heading for the larger cities, seeking relief.

    I am aware of several pursuits being done by fellow student photographers to document this increase in vagrant behavior. Often, they ask for suggestions and direction of how to successfully and "clandestinely" observe and document these fellow human beings without raising the "subject's" ire or suspicion, as the aggressive "survival" tendencies of these people come into direct play from their social dynamic. Admittedly, an unarmed camera-jockey can very quickly find himself/herself in a threatening or dire circumstance trying to raise interest by documenting this wave of unpleasantness.

    While many long-term "unfortunates" simply have withdrawn from society, many others have an underground network they become a part of. The "hobos" of the past have truly never left, but have been, up until now, cleverly 'masked" by civic-minded forces. With their numbers swelling, a whole new method of processing their rank will have to be employed, perhaps providing social management "jobs" for the 16+% unemployed. This is "the price" society pays for the lack of progress.

    While it is hard to state an opinion or take a stand amid such pain and uncertainty, the World is, indeed, a circle, eh? What goes around, comes around. It just takes someone with far more vision than I have been allowed to come up with a solution. It, more than likely, will not be solved in this forum.

    In the meantime, may I suggest a much longer focal length to my fellow students, staying out of sight ... and out of mind.
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    Pete, did you do that with layers? I just watched a tutorial on layers and you can do a lot of things just using layers.

    Thanks
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    Quote Originally Posted by Peekayoh View Post
    Jawohl, Captain Klumpz. Joking aside ..

    It's a sad comment on western society that the hungry and homeless stalk our streets in enduring testimony to our lack of charity. The owner of the car being booked for illegal parking will happily (??) stump up a $100 fine whilst ignoring the tragedy on the pavement (sidewalk?).

    ... I do however think that pointing a disparaging finger at Haiti in their hour of need and after two huge natural disasters redounds to your discredit. I don't remember Washington scoring many brownie points for the handling of your New Orleons disaster.
    Quote Originally Posted by DonSchap View Post
    ... I am aware of several pursuits being done by fellow student photographers to document this increase in vagrant behavior. Often, they ask for suggestions and direction of how to successfully and "clandestinely" observe and document these fellow human beings without raising the "subject's" ire or suspicion, as the aggressive "survival" tendencies of these people come into direct play from their social dynamic. Admittedly, an unarmed camera-jockey can very quickly find himself/herself in a threatening or dire circumstance trying to raise interest by documenting this wave of unpleasantness.

    ... In the meantime, may I suggest a much longer focal length to my fellow students, staying out of sight ... and out of mind.
    Peek,
    Let me first say, great merging of Sparkie's photos.

    Second, that poor sap receiving the ticket will NOT happily pay it; when it is paid it will be under protest. And when that sap sees the homeless guy, he will probably think how lucky the guy is that he doesn't have a car to get a ticket with.

    As far as your commentary, I don't think Haitti was being disparaged. I think the comment was more a dig at our society ... namely that the guy would be better off in Haitti where he would be receiving aid and charity. The comment points out a real disparity in how western society (especially the US and its citizens) treats "disaster." When an immediate natural disaster strikes, western nations are quick to offer aid and individuals willingly donate time and money. Yet, when it comes to the constant disaster of homelessness we continually fail to act in an equivalent outporing of aid and charity.

    Don,
    Photographing the homeless can present a challenge as several of my fellow students learned last semester while shooting our Documentary assignment. Models for hire??? The universal approach that seemed to work was $5 or a hot meal and cup of coffee (usually McDonalds) for 15-30 minutes of your time. Another approach that seemed to work ... talk to them.
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    Here is my attempt at merging the two images. I used layers to do it.

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    Another stuck in traffic shot. I don't mind getting stuck in traffic as long as I have my camera. LOL

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