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After the bridge pedal ride, I met this nice gent who said that he would let me take his photo for 13 dollars.  Unfortunately, I didn't carry any money with me on the bike ride, so I didn't have the cash.  He said he wanted to give it to his mom who was in a wheelchair.

When I told him that I didn't have any money, he said he would take coins then.  When I told him I didn't have any coins, he said then he would let me take his picture for free.  I thanked him, took a couple of shots and wished him and his mama a good day.  If I see him again, I will definitely bring him some food and a nice cool drink.

I hope this man has found a warm bed by now.  He lives on the streets, so he gets what he can, and when he can.  Please send your good thoughts his way.

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After the bridge pedal ride, I met this nice gent who said that he would let me take his photo for 13 dollars.  Unfortunately, I didn't carry any money with me on the bike ride, so I didn't have the cash.  He said he wanted to give it to his mom who was in a wheelchair.

When I told him that I didn't have any money, he said he would take coins then.  When I told him I didn't have any coins, he said then he would let me take his picture for free.  I thanked him, took a couple of shots and wished him and his mama a good day.  If I see him again, I will definitely bring him some food and a nice cool drink.

I hope this man has found a warm bed by now.  He lives on the streets, so he gets what he can, and when he can.  Please send your good thoughts his way.

comments (19)

  • johnnyg
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 12 Sep 2007, 00:39
My good thoughts to you both, your a nice lady Kay and this is a good shot.

J
Kay: Thank you, Johnny. Really appreciate your kind words wink
  • Martin
  • Houston
  • 12 Sep 2007, 00:50
Good street shot, Kay! His thoughtful expression makes the shot.
Kay: Thank you very much, Martin smile
You made a truly wonderful portrait.
Well done, Kay, and I'll send my good thoughts his direction.
A captured affluent glance, Kay. History, is in those eyes!
I'm not questioning that he has a tough life, but he looks pretty clean and well cared for for someone who lives on the streets. Maybe it's just your processing, or the favourable conditions of these particular streets.

Regardless, it's a great portrait of what looks to be an intelligent and resourceful man.
The picture itself seems to bring the same message accross. Its tough on the streets.
Nice shot !!! One can only wonder what this guy is doing now where he sleeps , eats and generally survives .. Touching !!!
  • Ginnie
  • Atlanta, GA, United States
  • 12 Sep 2007, 08:44
You have caught the essence of this moment, Kay, and your story tells of your sensitivity. Your conversion to B&W is perfect for this photo. I wish I knew how you did it!
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 12 Sep 2007, 09:32
Your normal 'soft and slightly dark' works wonders in black and white. Excellent picture and will be going to my likeys.

The composition and his sharpness against the somewhat blurred background - excellent.

The exchange sounds like it could have happened here. Although many are keen to have their picture taken without mentioning money.
Very good photo, good DOF
There are just to many homeless people. Maybe enough portrates like this and the one I did will let our government know that we have issues at home to take care of.

Good capture.
  • Tracy
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 12 Sep 2007, 16:42
My thoughts goout to this guy and his mother. You are a sweetie Kay lovely shot.
Great picture, you the essence of him. Will send good thoughts to both of you.
  • viruta
  • Argentina
  • 12 Sep 2007, 21:50
I love the ones what express thougths and this is the one, the history is very important as the image, very good nice Kay you inspired me thanks.
  • anniedog
  • United Kingdom
  • 12 Sep 2007, 21:55
You seem to have captured something special here. I like the way you have isolated the figure - even though the background is quite busy, he stands out really well. Great portrait.
Ingrid
Well Captured. sorry I didn't visit...but catching up now smile
A wonderful portrait !
I like very much your blur effect, it gives an artistic touch !
  • Charles
  • United States of America
  • 29 Jul 2008, 17:08
Kay,
This is an excellent portrait.
Kay: Thank you, Charles. I'll never forget this man. I hope he's doing all right. Never did see him again.

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