This was taken on the west side of Broadway, just north of the church on the corner of 79th Street. I've seen this fellow on numerous occasions, in this same spot. Hopefully he gets enough donations to at least provide some food; but it looks like it's not enough to deal with the homeless situation...
Note: this photo was published in a Jul 27, 2009 blog titled "Street Smarts." It was also published in an April 20, 2009 blog titled "Nezamestnanosť prekročila desať percent (Aktualizované)." And it was published in a May 12, 2010 blog titled "Gov. Crist adds to hate crimes legislation."It was also published in a May 22, 2010 Bible Dude blog titled "a cross-country trip [for the least of these]." the opening line of which is, "God is moving." And it was published in a Sep 22, 2010 blog titled "'Re-Spect'–Sensational Wednesday Haiku." It was also published in a Dec 9, 2010 blog titled "A Mystical Illumination on Hanukkah."
Moving into 2011, the photo was published in a Feb 6, 2011 blog titled "SOMETIMES I CRY." It was also published in a Mar 6, 2011 blog titled "Holding onto morality in this world." And it was published in a Mar 23, 2011 blog titled " Lenten Journey: Week 2 Day 3." It was also published in a Mar 29, 2011 blog titled "Suburban Minn. Sees Surge of Homeless." And it was published in a May 27, 2011 blog titled "GOD GAVE ME EVERYTHING I HOPED FOR." It was also published in a May 29, 2011 blog titled "Thought for the day," and a Jun 4, 2011 blog titled "I am it." And it was published in a Jun 15, 2011 blog titled " Homeless Population Up in Minn, Down in Wis." It was also published in an Aug 22, 2011 blog titled, simply, "Trust." And it was published in a Nov 20, 2011 blog titled "Remembering the Homeless During Thanksgiving Holidays." It was also published in a Dec 26, 2011 blog titled "Man Sleeps in Tent for 18 Days, Raises $10K." It was also published in a Nov 18, 2011 blog titled "Thanksgiving: Food for Thought . . . ’cause that’s all some folks have [35 PICS]."
Note: on Feb 6, 2011 I also replaced the original version of this photo with an edited version. The original one was shot as a JPG image, because I had not yet learned the significance of RAW images; and I'm pretty sure I did only the most rudimentary cropping and editing, using iPhoto. I haven't done a whole lot more at this point, other than adjusting the "hot spots" and "cold spots" highlighted by the Aperture photo-editing program that I now use, plus lightening the shadows in the man's pants. Ironically, I had not even seen -- in the original photo -- that he was wearing military-style camouflage pants. Now it's a little more evident...
Moving into 2012, a cropped, reversed, b&w version of this photo was published on the home page of the Lean On Me Outreach website --- which I first noticed in mid-January 2012.
This is part of an evolving photo-project, which will probably continue throughout the summer of 2008, and perhaps beyond: a random collection of "interesting" people in a broad stretch of the Upper West Side of Manhattan -- between 72nd Street and 104th Street, especially along Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue.
I don't like to intrude on people's privacy, so I normally use a telephoto lens in order to photograph them while they're still 50-100 feet away from me; but that means I have to continue focusing my attention on the people and activities half a block away, rather than on what's right in front of me.
I've also learned that, in many cases, the opportunities for an interesting picture are very fleeting -- literally a matter of a couple of seconds, before the person(s) in question move on, turn away, or stop doing whatever was interesting. So I've learned to keep the camera switched on (which contradicts my traditional urge to conserve battery power), and not worry so much about zooming in for a perfectly-framed picture ... after all, once the digital image is uploaded to my computer, it's pretty trivial to crop out the parts unrelated to the main subject.
For the most part, I've deliberately avoided photographing bums, drunks, drunks, and crazy people. There are a few of them around, and they would certainly create some dramatic pictures; but they generally don't want to be photographed, and I don't want to feel like I'm taking advantage of them. I'm still looking for opportunities to take some "sympathetic" pictures of such people, which might inspire others to reach out and help them. We'll see how it goes ...
The only other thing I've noticed, thus far, is that while there are lots of interesting people to photograph, there are far, far, *far* more people who are *not* so interesting. They're probably fine people, and they might even be more interesting than the ones I've photographed ... but there was just nothing memorable about them.