Homeless

This man was sitting outside a McDonald's in Washington D.C. I didn't have anything but a dollar in my pocket and my camera with me so I walked up to him and kindly asked if I could take a photo of him, offering him the dollar in return. He agreed and ended up telling me a long story about how georgetown has changed over the years and how he's been on the street all these years watching everything transform. I lived in D.C. for 3 years and it changed a whole lot in such a short time...I can't imagine what he must have seen being there his entire life. Even though things were tough for him he was smiling the entire time he talked.

This roll of film sat in my camera for almost 6 months in the worst conditions possible (hot steamy cars, baking in sunlight near the window, etc.) I wasn't able to process it any sooner. Well it turns out that the terrible conditions ruined the entire roll...except for this photo. Even though it's in rough shape...I'm very proud of how it turned out.

20 Comment

  1. digyourself
    digyourself ·

    this is absolutely beautiful!

  2. stijn_b
    stijn_b ·

    The deterioration actually adds value to the shot! This couldn't turn out better.
    If I were you I wouldn't approach him. Thinking I would disrespect him even though every human being likes to be noticed. Props for your determination . Class A shot!

  3. lawypop
    lawypop ·

    photo with human touch :)

  4. johnccc
    johnccc ·

    Quite haunting .

  5. herbert-4
    herbert-4 ·

    Strong, sad portrait!!

  6. lance
    lance ·

    awesome, i dream to take a shot like this.. a very very melancholic portrait, i say

  7. stickyvinny
    stickyvinny ·

    Fantastic image!

  8. laurasulilly
    laurasulilly ·

    beautiful!

  9. sergio_m
    sergio_m ·

    great job, and good approach, the eye contact between him and camera show's that you showed him respect and not just snapped snapshot of some homeless guy that you walk by (that's showing disrespect for people in lower class in my books)

  10. davidpowell
    davidpowell ·

    Fantastic photo and a great story!

  11. werriston
    werriston ·

    Love.

  12. z
    z ·

    Really, really fantastic

  13. laurasulilly
    laurasulilly ·

    even though i have commented already, i wanna do it again and emphasize once more how much i like this sensitive and respectful portrait. i strongly agree with what @sergio_m said!

  14. emkei
    emkei ·

    this is extremely gooood!!!

  15. 12_12
    12_12 ·

    Very nice!!

  16. ophelia
    ophelia ·

    Great!! Really impressive!

  17. timolomo
    timolomo ·

    Great picture and story!

  18. clickiemcpete
    clickiemcpete ·

    Great image!

  19. renko
    renko ·

    nice portrait!

  20. aka_papu
    aka_papu ·

    We are looking for picture like this one...
    Would you like to include it in the Homeless People Collection?
    Please use the button "Submit to this collection" in:
    www.lomography.pt/photos/collections/214-homeless-people