Takeesha: Hunts Point, Bronx

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    Takeesha asked what I was doing in the neighborhood. I explained to her and then she asked to have her picture taken. I then asked her how she wanted to be described.

    "As what I am. A prostitute, a mother of six, and a child of God"

    Alexander Rabb, chicapoquita, and 54 other people added this photo to their favorites.

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    1. Joses Roo [deleted] 31 months ago | reply

      Your description gives this photo much more depth. Well done.

    2. misan78 31 months ago | reply

      What kind eyes. Great photo!

    3. Chris Arnade 31 months ago | reply

      Thanks so much everyone. She is such a sweet person. I wanted to photograph her against a boring background to highlight her; to put her against a graffiti wall is to cliche and distracts from the focus..

    4. Marie Viljoen 31 months ago | reply

      Jeepers. Sometimes the descriptions are as good as the images. I mean the portrait tells a helluva story and then she tops it.

    5. AH in Pgh 31 months ago | reply

      What Marie said above. And that's a fascinating mix of attributes to try and reconcile in one person.

    6. christine@planeteventsdirect 30 months ago | reply

      And whilst juggling with all of what she describes about herself she still manages to smile.
      Amazing woman.
      Thanks for posting Chris........great shot........as usual !

    7. Riot_Jem 30 months ago | reply

      She is beautiful. this picture made me cry.

    8. why_buy_moojuice 28 months ago | reply

      As a longtime fan of gritty street photography, I have to applaud your work!

    9. kateselizabeth 26 months ago | reply

      truly, there are no words. your work & the words you capture speak volumes. thank you for sharing. i am truly humbled this evening.

    10. etienneloves 26 months ago | reply

      This is perfect! She's amazing!

    11. ShayPrendergast 25 months ago | reply

      This picture is amazing and her words moved me to tears. Very powerful, thank you.

    12. fleurrouge62 24 months ago | reply

      For some reason (whether it is due to the poignancy of the photos, the bios or possibly a combination of both) this endeavour of yours has moved me (to tears, in some cases). Well done and a lesson to us all in regards to judging others. Look inwards FIRST. Thank you.

    13. passion152 22 months ago | reply

      queen bee of hunts point again. well atleast she not doubting who she is. she doesnt seem unhappy at all. some of these people are very content at what and who they are.,so i have no idea why we are so sad and hurt at who they are.

    14. WowmeUc 14 months ago | reply

      As an American journalist, living in the Philippines 3 years, I've seen mothers who encourage their 15 and 16-year-old daughters to become "dancers," or rather, "prostitutes," in Japan. That is the the way to get rich and feed the f amily. T he young child-girls pr actic erotic dancing in the house and their baby sisters at age six follow every move. Prostitution beats education by a thousand miles cuz it's easy to pay for...just lay down, close your etes and spread your legs. It's the way of their future. That is my book.

    15. WowmeUc 14 months ago | reply

      The u.s. Navy created a booming business in the Philippines..More than 400,000 prostitutes seviced our sailors. But, no w they are really cheap whores working for $20 for all night wih a man in a room in any pl ave he wants to take her...no protection and no holes barred cuz money makes the poor women crawl to their masters. These women you pictur have a great life compared to filipinas who have no way out and no one anywhere to help because family needs the money for the food from their work. If they stop, their children and family st arve. picture that my friend before you pity these women. Here, a can of sardines a day i s food for the family to share.

    16. jules dernier 14 months ago | reply

      I do not think there was a hierarchy in misfortune...

    17. jazzjohnson1985 13 months ago | reply

      Own it girl!!!!

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