Can you look in to his eyes and hold his gaze? Or, did you look away immediately? Do you wonder what his story is? Or do you assume some addiction or mental illness and move on? I struggle with these questions myself. Often. But I like to talk to people. In fact, I feel compelled to talk to people. I believe in the power of conversations. And in the power of sharing.
So I stopped to talk to David. And his story didn't involve drugs or alcohol and there were no signs of mental illness that I could detect (although the same can't be said for many of the others I've stopped to talk to).
Yes, he is down on his luck and eventually asked for some spare change. Which made me laugh. Which made David look at me with resignation and a little disgust/shock until I explained that I was just about to offer him lunch and wanted to talk some more. Which made David smile. (And in hindsight, I wish I could have shared that but I hadn't even taken my camera out of my bag.) At the end of it all, I asked David if I could take a picture to share. He said "yes" and asked me "what do you want me to do?"
I said "show me the look you get from most people."
David, and all the other "overlooked" people in our society don't just need spare change
or some spare food
They don't just need warm shoes or gloves or blankets.
They need to be noticed and respected
They need conversation, a joke and a warm smile.
They need your time.
And, of course, they need your help. Our help.
Help starts with awareness.
And a conversation.
Just a simple conversation.
In this case between David and I.
It ended with both of us feeling a change (not just spare change).
I do this all the time. (And yes it's scary at times).
But it's important to me
And I wish it were happening on a broader scale.
Because the more conversations we all have
(I'm talking big conversations, meaningful conversations, transformational conversations)
...the more change is possible.
Until then, I have pictures.
And words that rarely do justice to what I'm feeling.
Don't spare change. Make change.™
#dontjustsparechangemakechange #portraits #street #streetphotography #meaningfulconversations #homelessness #homelessness2014 #googleplusphotos #conversationswithmykid
and also a great set of charts to read
Charlie Chaplin final speech in The Great Dictator
Charlie Chaplin final speech in The Great Dictator Get it on BluRay from Amazon http://www.amazon.com/Great-Dictator-Criterion-Collection-Bl
Glaciers Visit Izatys Resort - Mille Lacs Lake, MN
COPYRIGHT 2013 Darla Johnson - NO USE WITHOUT PERMISSION Ice Heaves pushed up from Mille Lacs Lake onto the Resort grounds and damaged homes
Daft Punk - Random Access Memories (FULL iTunes stream rip)
Temporary upload until album releases. 0:00 - Give Life Back to Music 4:30 - The Game of Love 9:51 - Giorgio by Moroder 18:53 - Within 22:38
Neil deGrasse Tyson - We Stopped Dreaming (Episode 1)
www.penny4nasa.org WRITE TO CONGRESS: http://www.penny4nasa.org/take-action/ The intention of this project is to stress the importance of ad