Friday, October 21, 2011

Hard Times

Santa Ana, California

My Street photography journey continues . It's not always happy but I try to capture real life.

This is my photo for The Weekend in Black and White.

40 comments:

  1. Not many miles, but a world apart from Newport Beach...
    Great pic James!

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  2. There is far more of this than any of us want to see, but it can't be ignored, either. Terrific capture as always, James!

    Sylvia

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  3. Unfortunately it's a common scene around here...
    Eveybody should have the same opportunities in life.
    Good street shot James! ;-)

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  4. oh my, that is an exquisite shot!

    so sad though...

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  5. This is really captured good in black and white.

    Greetings,
    Filip

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  6. This is so symbolic of the tragic dark side of our civilised world! Some simply do not keep within the "comfortable formula" through no fault of their own! A sad but beautiful photo!

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  7. Sadly you see pretty much of this everywhere.

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  8. Wow. I didn't know you are were alive in 1932. Chilling.

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  9. This is real life alright, and sadly a timeless image. That said, you've captured it at face value without any sense of manipulating human misfortune to make a provocative photo. It speaks for itself. We are simply there, as you were, to witness and not judge.

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  10. Heartbreaking. Wonderful photography with powerful emotional impact.

    Kay, Alberta, Canada
    An Unfittie’s Guide to Adventurous Travel

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  11. This is an excellent shot and a reality in our world.

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  12. A very sad and touching shot, well done!

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  13. A different world from Balboa Island! A powerful image of the plight one man in this world.

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  14. Very sad photo; but you captured the reality...

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  15. there is the beauty and the melancholic... both touch a chord in the heart. Nicely captured!

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  16. Special black and white! Loved!

    Hugs.

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  17. We are just very fortunate to take pictures of them and not beeing them. We have seen a lot of people at Manhattan sleeping on the pavement and begging. This is our reality. Taking pictures of it, remains me to be thankful for a good life. The picture is good, captures the sadness clearly.

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  18. This picture looks like real life to me. Unfortunately. It is a great photo with a sad theme.

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  19. In rich places, like french riviera or California, the poors seem to be even poorer..A sad but beautyful shot..

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  20. It could be very far down too...
    Shot to reflect on.

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  21. A powerful image of the other reality many people are living James.

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  22. A touching image...
    God bless him!
    And God bless you!
    Cezar

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  23. This is the true power of photography; to capture a slice of life in the immediate moment. A confrontation that sometimes hits you in the face with cold, hard truth. And then these images can be seen in a historical context as well and we realize that as a society, we must find a way to do better, somehow. It would be so awesome to see all your black and white street photography in a book. What stories that book would tell...

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  24. · Real life is not very good for a many people. It's a shame.
    Great photo

    · regards

    CR & LMA
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  25. Sadly, this scene is very, very common here in the SF Bay area. Very moving image, James.

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  26. Wonderful street shot, and realistic..

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  27. this is something rarely seen in Sweden, even if it does exist. A great shot James.

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  28. That is a real picture, full of life. Life in its hardest face..

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  29. This shot could have been made by one of the FSA photographers in the 1930s.

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  30. Good shot of a touching subject, unfortunately it is a fact of life in so many cities today.

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  31. Fine street photography James. Black and white is the only medium for a subject like this. So moving.

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  32. Such an honest and moving photograph.

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  33. Moving shot, James. He needs to be at an Occupy Wall Street demonstration. ;-)

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  34. This is awesome James! Yes sad, but realistic too. It almost appears timeless as from another time. I can picture this man from the 20's or somewhere close to that.

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  35. Heart tugging. It hurts. I see the future.

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