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I saw her as I tried to get into the subway station. I read the sighn she was holding and walked towards her. The most interesting thing about her was she just stared down and and didn't look up once. I decided to hand her money rather than drop it into the cup in front of her. She smiled at me and  thanked me. I asked her were she was going and she told me she needed to get to Canada to see the father of her unborn child to tell him she was pregnant. I wasn't too sure what to make of it, because I had passed someone with the exact same sighn earlier. After our conversation, I asked if I could take her picture and explained my reasons. She was skeptical, and replied.."If you wanna".... then promptly looked down. I walked up to her after taking just two shots; cause I got really uncomfortable.  ...I thanked her and handed her another dollar, but this time she didn't look up.....

Ps: This series to me is not just take photoraphs. But I am hoping this speaks to us all and makes us all aware of what's out there. A little love goes a long way.

Please I would like you to take a look at Steve Paxtons series on the homeless on his website, if you can http://paxtonprints.com/index.php?x=browse&category=10&pagenum=1   ......really inspiring, and he has so many amazing shots.

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I saw her as I tried to get into the subway station. I read the sighn she was holding and walked towards her. The most interesting thing about her was she just stared down and and didn't look up once. I decided to hand her money rather than drop it into the cup in front of her. She smiled at me and  thanked me. I asked her were she was going and she told me she needed to get to Canada to see the father of her unborn child to tell him she was pregnant. I wasn't too sure what to make of it, because I had passed someone with the exact same sighn earlier. After our conversation, I asked if I could take her picture and explained my reasons. She was skeptical, and replied.."If you wanna".... then promptly looked down. I walked up to her after taking just two shots; cause I got really uncomfortable.  ...I thanked her and handed her another dollar, but this time she didn't look up.....

Ps: This series to me is not just take photoraphs. But I am hoping this speaks to us all and makes us all aware of what's out there. A little love goes a long way.

Please I would like you to take a look at Steve Paxtons series on the homeless on his website, if you can http://paxtonprints.com/index.php?x=browse&category=10&pagenum=1   ......really inspiring, and he has so many amazing shots.

comments (23)

  • Marcie
  • United States
  • 10 Aug 2008, 01:06
Sadly - this is a representation of a very real part of life. Very powerful image - both the sign on her chest..and in her hands tell a long hard story.
Well done!
Ada Emihe: Yes Marcie,,,really sad. Thank you so much for liking.
  • Brian
  • Australia
  • 10 Aug 2008, 02:34
Very strong image, but the cynic in me cannot help wondering if she didn't have too much of the product on her T-shirt, then perhaps the product on her sign may not have occurred.

YES - I konw it is not up to me to judge. More an observation.
Ada Emihe: I appreciate your honesty..truth is I asked myself the same question. Thank you so much Brian.
  • Boye
  • United States
  • 10 Aug 2008, 02:59
I like your sense of humanity and appreciate the disquiet this picture stirs, it appears you have captured your own emotions on seeing this person.

Thanks for the link to Mr. Paxton's site, I found his pictures overprocessed for my liking striking as they are.
Ada Emihe: Oh Boye...I am so sorry you feel that way. Did you look at his whole gallery? He only processes his urban photography works that way to create a certain effect. I am sure if you read his descriptions and articles about his work you would look at it differently, but art is subjective. Thank you so much for taking the time out to look at his archive. grin Could explain the type of processing to you if you like. I used it in this picture.
Wonderful image! The t-shirt, cardboard sign and lack of eye contact say everything. Great work.
Ada Emihe: Thank you Sir...Nice reading from you on here. Thank you.
This is a very telling & articulate shot Ada. You have put it all over very well...
Ada Emihe: Thank you so much Chris.
  • Kathryn
  • Germany
  • 10 Aug 2008, 08:27
Ada, the content of the image is so powerful. Her head down, the t-shirt, the sign she is holding, and the bag to the left with a few of her things draped over it. Very powerful indeed.

I do think the framing/composition is off. Her head is too crowded at the top and the spacing on the right and left needs a little adjustment.
Ada Emihe: Thank you Kathryn...I am with you on the framing and composition. The background was really unfavorable.
  • terry
  • Nepal
  • 10 Aug 2008, 08:31
this is so stark, i find myself turning to objectivity as a means of escape. if for a moment, i can be objective, i'd say this is a riveting image because it doesn't suspend disbelief. but because it arrests the conscience i can't help but explore my emotional reactions to her plight.
Ada Emihe: Thank you so much Terry...Lovely words.
This is a real good stuff Ada, I like the l'il PP tweedle.
Ada Emihe: Thanks so much Sesan,,,,
This is heartrending, Ada. I will take a look at that website.
Ada Emihe: Thanks Chad..hope you enjoyed looking at the site.
  • FLOOG
  • United Kingdom
  • 10 Aug 2008, 12:53
Such a powerful and emotion filled image.

I will not judge, and give readily because of the street people I have met all over the world, and their individual tales which have taught me that we never know what is around the corner, or indeed, how our fortunes may change in an instant.

Well done, Ada smile
Ada Emihe: Thank you so much Floog....as much as we do not try to judge, most times the truth is unavoidable.
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 10 Aug 2008, 15:15
Ada, I have been reading the story behind this wonderful picture, I know the feeling of being uncomfortable......you take this picture, you picture 'her' life..her sad life, I always wonder if I see these people...how come...what made it that the became like this, every body should have a fair change, but life is not fair, it is a daily struggle even for us fortunates who has a home...

BTW...I once saw a rather fat lady with a t-shirt and the print said...THIS and brains too.

I just saw that Steve Paxton left a comment too.
He said the words I liked to say.
Really great work!!!!!
Ada Emihe: Thank you so much Astrid...whatever did you do when you saw the shirt? I am laughing so hard.
  • zohre
  • UAE
  • 10 Aug 2008, 15:19
Very powerful image!
Ada Emihe: Thannk you so much Zohre...I love your blog and enjoy visiting.
  • VZ
  • United States
  • 10 Aug 2008, 16:34
A very emotional post, Ada. I'll never bring myself to photograph homeless folks, though I see them almost daily. I usually eat a half a sandwich at lunch and give the other half to the homeless person on the way back to the office. Sometimes I get "thanks" in return, othertimes I don't, once a guy demanded a napkin smile
Going home after work, I quite often see a guy who likes to tell me a joke for a quarter. smile
Regarding the picture itself, I think the muted color treatment was a right choice, as it emphasizes a sense of despair, but I would frame it totally differently. The composition is weak.
Ada Emihe: Thanks so much Viktor...It was so hard photographing her and there were so many people walking by and I had to struggle to get a picture. First off the background was terrible and I had to crop it. I know the composition is rather off and I agree with you. But please I would lke to know how you would have framed it and tell me more about better composition. smile..would appreciate it. Thank you Viktor.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 10 Aug 2008, 18:12
Yes, it is a very touching photo! We self are so helpless how we have to react in such a situation! You have spoken with her, that was good. I think she needs professional help (Salvation Army?....) , but who feels responsibility for such a young girl with such experiences? Oh God!
Ada Emihe: Thank you so much Philine. It's a pleasure having you on here. I always enjoy reading what you have to say on other blogs. I feel your sentiments. The girl needs and deserves help.
  • fotografa
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 10 Aug 2008, 21:37
I've been back to view this image twice already, and there is so much I would like to say about the society we live in, and the term modern civilization which get's thrown about a lot in the western world. But I won't, cause it will most definitely turn into a rant of some decription.

"..either by choice or by fate.." As written by a fellow SC in ur previous blog, I am touched by this woman's plight, and can only pray that life will treat her fair. As we all deserve a break in life.

PS: A no frills image, that speaks vloumes smile
Ada Emihe: Thank you much Fotografa,,,,Nice words.
Great shot, extremely descriptive, excellent PP and today you're my star! lovely lovely .... nice!
Ada Emihe: Thanks Ade..I am so flattered.
  • SuRi
  • United States
  • 11 Aug 2008, 01:12
Very powerful image and message. My heart goes out to her.
Ada Emihe: Thank you much, Suri.
I think images like these are really powerful. As you know, I haven't the nerve to take them. I like Paxton's site. Do you know the work of Don McCullin? If not, just type his name into Google.
Ada Emihe: Thank you so much Ian...I checked out Don McCullin. GHis stories are amazing and pulls at the heart strings. His pictures are very good. Thanks so much Ian for the inspiration.
  • Chichi
  • United States
  • 12 Aug 2008, 14:48
First class shot. Tells the story it should and more. Wonderfull PP. A+ in my book. A likey.
Ada Emihe: Thanks Chichi....this picture means alot to me. I am so glad you likey.
brilliant blogging

enjoying your newfound hdri-esque conversions
Ada Emihe: Thanks so much Draw..would love to see one from you.
Stunning and hard hitting image,,There but for the grace of God....
Ada Emihe: Thanks so much Jimmy..It's all in God's hands. Thanks for taking out the time to leave a comment.
Ada I'm impressed. I shy away from approaching people on the street, even though sometimes they see my camera and almost want me to ask them to take their photo. What a story. I'm always skeptical of homeless people on the streets with signs. I figure if you hare coherent enough to write up a sign you should be able to help yourself a bit more by getting help from the numerous places that support the homeless. Anyway, great shot in deed.
Ada Emihe: Thanks so much Affiong for liking. This is absolutely were my passion lies. I hope to do more of these type of shots in the near future. Trust me I feel you on that one. I stiill have to work on my courage though. lol.
I love this! absolutely, and the story attached helped put it in context and even made it more interesting.

Very well done ...and yeah Steve's got a new fan because of you wink

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