Up Close and Far Away
I can’t decide if there is more impact close up or with a wider shot taking in the environment. Isolated images that show the details of the face tend to make a more dramatic portrait style photograph but sometimes the surroundings can add that touch of ‘location’ that anchors the image. The shots below were all taken on the first day of summer. The lost at the bottom of the world and the never likely to be found of New York City.
Where the sidewalk ends and nowhere begins will always be a mystery to me. The first photograph almost hurts, empty eyes lost in some thought, some memory, somewhere that is not here and now, I guess. Holding on?
The second, on the Upper East Side, is someone I see all the time. Always surrounded by trash, like a nest. He is oblivious to the world around him, the biggest disconnect of all, I think.
Finally, on 5th Avenue and proudly announcing his upcoming birthday, this guy always hides his face behind a cardboard sign. ‘Clothes, socks and a Metro Card’ not that much to ask for really. ‘Jesus loves you’ I hope so, someone should!