This man was sitting near the edge of the church on the southwest corner of Broadway and 79th Street. It was taken a little after noon, and he was getting a small amount of warmth from the bright mid-day sun; but I don't know if he was shielding his eyes from the sun, or perhaps taking a brief mid-day nap...


Note: this photo was published in a Sep 14, 2010 blog titled "Helping the Chronically Homeless Stay Right on Mark." It was also published in a Feb 7, 2011 blog titled "Super Bowls (and Other Major Sporting Events) Are Terrible for Homeless People." And a cropped version of the photo was published in a Mar 29, 2011 blog titled "Suburban Minn. Sees Surge of Homeless." It was also published in an Aug 31, 2011 blog titled "Latest Signs Of Depression In Men News." And it was published in an Oct 7, 2011 blog titled "Singer Mental Health Center Hearing: Don’t Cut Patient Care."


Moving into 2012, the photo was published in a Jan 11,2012 blog titled "(Dis)Connected." It was also published in a Mar 12, 2012 blog titled "Homeless people used as internet hotspots at tech conference." And it was published in a May 14, 2012 blog titled "Rhode Island Considers 'Homeless Bill Of Rights' To End Discrimination." It was also published in an Oct 2, 2012 blog titled "Daw Park." And it was published in a Dec 13, 2012 blog titled "Project Homeless Connect Helps Struggling Danbury Residents."


Moving into 2013, the photo was published in a blog, "Ten Things Science Taught Us About Happiness in 2012." And it was published in a Jan 12, 2013 blog titled "Opening to Happiness, Gratitude, Wisdom, Caring and Compassion." It was also published in a Feb 4, 2013 blog titled "Six Habits of Highly Empathic People." And it was published in a Mar 18, 2013 blog titled "California begins providing free cell phones and service to impoverished."




These are photos that I began taking in mid-December of 2008, after the government helpfully informed us that the recession (a word they had dared not use before, just as they refuse to use the word "depression" now) has actually been in effect since December 2007.


Having lived through roughly half a dozen previous recessions, with nothing but vague memories to mark their existence, I thought it would be useful to start gathering some photographic memories of the current one. It may or may not turn out to be as severe as the Great Depression of the 1930's, and it may or may not produce the kind of grim photographs that we have of that era ... but we won't really know until it's over, and our 20-20 hindsight might be better informed with some pictures.


Thus far, I have only a few pictures of signs showing steep discounts; these are interesting, but it's the "human story" that I think will tell the more important story. Thus far, I've noticed an increase in the number of homeless peoplehe street, asking for money, food, and handouts; but I have no direct evidence that it's associated with the recession itself. In any case, I'm reluctant to take advantage of such people by taking casual photos of them; I'm sure more appropriate opportunities will present themselves, and I'll add them to the album as I find them...

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Taken on February 13, 2009