Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Down Town, LA _Project 09 #11

I wanted to take this photo for some time now. I have see this scene night after night it was hard to find the courage to soot it. The first time I went to get this shot I saw a man shaping a knife on the sidewalk. He was using it to cut boxes to sleep in. There are people selling drugs on these corners and I’m sure they don’t want their picture taken either. I got a bad feeling and went home empty handed. I could not take it any more it was calling me night after night. I can see this street from my window every night. Finley I went down there at 1:30 am and shoot it. If I could of just walked by and shot a photo it would have been easier. I had to set up a tripod and shoot 10 different exposures for 30 seconds. In LA we all know there are home less but this is an epidemic there are blocks and blocks of people seeping on the streets like this every night down here. I guess the city calls this an answerer to this its problem. I find this very disturbing concerting we are one of the riches country in the world. These are human beans that society has turned there backs on they are left to lie on the street with the trash. My thought on this issue is the system that has been set up in this country dose work and not just on this level. It’s every thing. Could you imagine trying to fix a leek in the hover dam with chewing gum? That is how I feel our government works on these types of issues? It is just crazy to me. Albert Einstein once said “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results”. I think this applies to our society.

These are pieces of the original image on the top of the page that I enlarged to show some details that I like. Could you imagine sleeping here?

This one symbolizes how crazy this situation is every light is lit up it add to the the photo i was stoke how it worked out. The way i got this to to appear like this in the photo was by leaving the stutter open for 30 sec.
There is a pigeon sleeping above the homeless people. that says some thing to me as well.
I did not want to really show any one faces but it just happened that there were facing the camera. I'm ok with it because it confirms that these are real people living on he streets.


Chrisp Photog said...

Im digging this series A lot brother. I hope this gets out cause people need to see. Let me know whenever u need any help, u know im always down.

tbot said...

good job Ruht, not letting it get away

pinkcherrymama said...

you are so right. more people need to see pictures like this where people are sleeping in concrete, being pooped on by pigeons...i see the symbolism... take a look at this and it makes this picture even more pathetic and wrong...
matthew 25:31-46
let me know what you think :)

Anonymous said...

Wow, these photos just leave me speechless.

Crystal said...

So sad.. :(
Couldn't imagine sleeping outside..