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acidhouse
15th of January 2006 (Sun), 09:40
I saw this guy living under a motorway bridge. he was keeping warm by his brazen and had a tent setup for sleeping.
this picture was one he posed for me.

Ricko of Fla
15th of January 2006 (Sun), 09:46
Does he own a canon?

condyk
15th of January 2006 (Sun), 09:47
I'd maybe crop it a little differently so he's less central but overall it makes me think and I like the fact he seems to have set up home. I wonder about his life. What led him to live under a bridge?

acidhouse
15th of January 2006 (Sun), 09:51
i didn't find out about him, as this was shot across a canal. and had to shout to get his permission to take a few shots.

this is uncropped. as i wanted the background to show as much as i could about this living conditions.

Laffctx
15th of January 2006 (Sun), 10:12
i feel so sad for the dog myself..........the dog didnt ask for that life.........i guess i should feel sorry but i dont ........these people had the same chance as everyone else.........they made mistakes yes but you cant dwell on your mistakes to the point that it makes you homeless ........you have to pull up your boot straps and do something about it..........sorry if i offend anyone but that is just my opinion........oh and i like the image a lot......thanks of sharing. but the dog is the one to be pity'd.

condyk
15th of January 2006 (Sun), 10:30
i feel so sad for the dog myself..........the dog didnt ask for that life.........i guess i should feel sorry but i dont ........these people had the same chance as everyone else.........they made mistakes yes but you cant dwell on your mistakes to the point that it makes you homeless ........you have to pull up your boot straps and do something about it..........sorry if i offend anyone but that is just my opinion........oh and i like the image a lot......thanks of sharing. but the dog is the one to be pity'd.

You know nothing about this guys life, his values, his aspirations, or his Dog but assume he just needs to pull up his bootstraps. You clearly live in a bubble of ignorance :rolleyes:

sunshinewashere
15th of January 2006 (Sun), 10:43
Not everybody has the same chances in life. Not everybody grew up with a family that supported them, sent them to school, cared for them. A 7-year-old girl in Brooklyn was beaten to death by her stepfather last week. Her parents had her strapped to a chair and had starved her her whole life, only sending her to school maybe once a month. She weighed 35 lbs, and they kept her in a room away from her other siblings. If he hadn't held her head under the water while he smashed her head in; if she had been able to grow up and suffered brain damage, social retardation, mental trauma, and ended up on the street, would you say she needed to just pull herself up by the bootstraps? Most of the homeless are not lazy, they are incapacitated. They are schizophrenic, undiagnosed, or come from backgrounds which we cannot imagine. Let's not take such an easy and self-absolving route by ascribing blame to the victims. It is not society's fault, either. It is a tragic problem without a simple solution.

ajbalazic
15th of January 2006 (Sun), 10:45
I see the dog here as his only friend/hope. Perhaps the dog is the only one who doesn't judge him. They're just happy to have eachothers company. Great capture- anytime a picture brings out these feelings, it shoud be commended.

Technically, I would like to have seen a closer crop, enough to keep his environment, but make their faces more clear.

Balliolman
15th of January 2006 (Sun), 10:57
Docu shots like this I always find thought provoking ...

acidhouse
15th of January 2006 (Sun), 11:27
Another one this time front on

ajbalazic
15th of January 2006 (Sun), 12:05
Another good one.

ejhunt
15th of January 2006 (Sun), 14:03
i feel so sad for the dog myself..........the dog didnt ask for that life.........i guess i should feel sorry but i dont ........these people had the same chance as everyone else.........they made mistakes yes but you cant dwell on your mistakes to the point that it makes you homeless ........you have to pull up your boot straps and do something about it..........sorry if i offend anyone but that is just my opinion........oh and i like the image a lot......thanks of sharing. but the dog is the one to be pity'd.

It's attitudes like this that keep many homeless folks from getting the help they need. But mere words from me won't ever change it, so I'm not even going to bother.

These photos are great. The grain accentuates the gritty life of its subjects. Great shooting.

adam*
15th of January 2006 (Sun), 15:46
Great documentation, shows that life isn't as rosy as some of us think.

underoath
15th of January 2006 (Sun), 17:52
i feel so sad for the dog myself..........the dog didnt ask for that life.........i guess i should feel sorry but i dont ........these people had the same chance as everyone else.........they made mistakes yes but you cant dwell on your mistakes to the point that it makes you homeless ........you have to pull up your boot straps and do something about it..........sorry if i offend anyone but that is just my opinion........oh and i like the image a lot......thanks of sharing. but the dog is the one to be pity'd.

Thats the kind of attitude I hate towards homeless people. Its not allways their fault. They cant just get up and find a job either. The issues go way deeper than unmotivation.

That dog is lucky. It has a friend, someone to love. I've been to Mexico various times, and its very common to find stray dogs bleeding, swarms of tics on them, huge patches of hair missing. Dogs live pretty simple lives, and I dont really see a problem here. He is probably happier than lots of dogs that have "proper" homes.


Nonetheless, great pictures, very powerful, I love them.

DwightMcCann
15th of January 2006 (Sun), 18:43
Homelessness, poverty, mental illness, drug abuse, child abuse ... all are extremely complex issues and may, in fact, have no "solution" in the common sense. Even in Communist countries and Socialist countries these problems are manifest. While it is certain that these people do not choose this lifestyle from all possible lifestyles that exist, it is also true that others subjected to the same trials and tribulations do not end up homeless or impoverished. It is likely that there is a complex equation that includes mental illness, abuse, substance issues, etc., but there is also a large component of "luck", mostly bad, that brings these people to this situation. Some are decorated veterans, some are used up prostitutes, and who knows about others. I am a bleeding heart liberal but I cannot propose any solution as none seem to work ... although not providing the free medical care and pharmacologic intervention that we once did has certainly increased the numbers of such people in California, sigh. I guess this borders on "Politics" so I will get off my soapbox.

The images are touching and very documentary. Excellent work!

::John::
15th of January 2006 (Sun), 21:43
Powerful images - thanks for getting them and sharing them.

NBEast
15th of January 2006 (Sun), 22:25
Powerful images - thanks for getting them and sharing them.
Yeah, they (the photos) elicited a lot from both sides. Good measure.

dmilwain
16th of January 2006 (Mon), 05:50
I don't mean to hijack this thread, but I thought I'd add an image I took this summer in downtown toronto.
-david

PsychProf
16th of January 2006 (Mon), 08:47
Acidhouse, you struck a nerve! And that is what photography does. We show life as it is and that is not always comfortable. You did not demean this person, you showed him as he is. All of us are in a complex condition in life. How would you have your picture taken today to show the reality of your situation? Most of us would fake it--trying to make it appear better than it is. Find someone, anyone, today and help them in some way--not to make them weaker but to make them stronger.

Skippy29
16th of January 2006 (Mon), 09:58
Honestly the image doesn't really interest me one way or the other. A bit too posed to capture the feeling you were looking for in this shot, in my opinion anyway.

But at least you're out there shooting, more than I can say for myself lately, great job!