The First Rule
The first rule of street photography is don't take images of homeless people or those down on their luck. The second rule of street photography is see rule #1.
On a recent walkabout at City Hall in Toronto, I stumbled upon the most beautiful shadow/light play I've come across in a long time. To my horror, there was a homeless man drunk laying down at the edge of the light. But the light was so perfect I couldn't help myself. I took a couple of snaps, walked over to the man and showed him the picture. We exchanged a few barely decipherable words and I was on my way.
This image is not a statement of any sort. It isn't some sort of social commentary on addiction or homelessness. It's just a snapshot with good lighting. I would have taken the picture if he wasn't there or if a pop can was sitting in his place.
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Camera: Olympus OM-D E-M5
Lens: Panasonic Lumix 14mm F/2.5