Sunday, March 14, 2010

The cold streets of Atlanta



Over at www.iheartfaces.com this week, the theme is "Bundled Up'. I have tons of photos of my kids all bundled up that I could enter, but I chose this photo instead...





This is a photo I took while doing a photography field trip with my photo club. We went to Atlanta, first to Piedmont Park and then on to an area known as 'Little 5 Points'. This photo was taken at 'Little 5' where we met this gentleman who was homeless. We started talking to him and he told us a bit of his story. He told us he had quit drinking and was trying to get on with his life.

I hope he has.

He said he didn't mind at all that we took his picture and we all snapped a few. Then we all dug in our pockets and gave him some 'spare change' and a friend of mine hugged him and told him she loved him. We all told him good-bye and started to walk away...that is when I turned and snapped this last photo of him, deep in thought.

I think about him from time to time and pray he is well and no longer out on the streets. No one should be without a place to call home.

Come on over to www.iheartfaces.com this week to see all the beautiful photos of people bundled up against the cold.

13 comments:

Adrienne in Ohio said...

It looks to me like your kindness was a bright spot in his day. Even his whiskers can't hide his smile.

Tracey said...

This is just a beautiful photo and I love the story behind it. I know you guys just made his day respecting him like that and listening to him. Great job!

Tracey said...

What a wonderful capture, and a good moment for the both of you I'd bet!

candacesoon said...

What a touching story. Incredible photo too!

Bunch of Barrons said...

Love this shot. The look on his face is priceless. The contrast and the black and white is wonderful.

Dana said...

OMGosh that is a WINNER! It's just DIFFERENT from everything else! And intriguing! I love photos like this.

tangie said...

I immediately liked this photo when I saw it, but when I read the story and realized you took it when you were walking away, after you all had talked to him, OH! His face tells a beautiful story! You can see how much he treasured his interaction with your group. Thanks for sharing this precious shot!!

Evette Mendisabal said...

Stunning photo, and the story behind it is so touching. Thanks for sharing you talents and kindness.

50centlove said...

very touching photo. I pray that he is doing well.

Jan said...

What an ABSOLUTELY wonderful story to go with an ABSOLUTELY wonderful picture!!! Love it!!

Donna said...

Not only is the photo beautiful, the story is beautiful! You took time out of your journey to let this gentleman know that he was thought about, if you for a brief moment. Bless you and again, just lovely!!

Charisse said...

Wow....this photo is gorgeous - the story behind it - moving. I have goose bumps and big tears now!!!

Becca said...

What a fun picture :-) I live in Atlanta and we work in the inner-city, so I love everything about this post! somehow I didn't know you lived there too!