Saturday, December 13, 2008
Do you want to....
Saturday afternoon I took a drive up to Northampton. It was getting very late in the afternoon to be shooting. I had purchased a Nikon film camera the day before while I was in Boston. I wanted to test it out in a place I love to devote my time and energy to making photographs. After I finished the two rolls I had with me I was walking back to where I had parked. Northampton has a problem with homeless people pan-handling for money on the streets. This one particular person asked me as I was approaching if I had could give him some change. I hardly ever have change in my pockets. What I did have though, was my camera in one hand and the strap around my neck. The next thing I heard both shocked me and sparked some curiosity. "Do you want to make a photograph of someone dying on the street?" This one statement both evoked an emotional response as well as gave me a visual idea that mentally I was able to compose. I entertained the idea of turning back and offering the $10.00 I had in my wallet to him, if he would pose for me and pretend he was dead and laying there on the side walk. But, being annoyed at the rudeness of this man the idea quickly subsided and I made my way back to the car.
Published by Jeffrey Byrnes at 10:55 PM