Dec 22, 2017 – Portland Oregon:
It was a chilly day when I met Bryant, a local in Portland Oregon. Though homeless he greeted all the passers by and thanked them for their smiles as he sold copies of Street Roots. At first I just wanted to photograph him, his etched features and sharp eyes caught my attention but as we spoke I found there was so much more to him. First off, his poem was published in the issue of Street Roots he was selling and the more we chatted the more he was an active advocate for the homeless, looking to create a safe place for people to heal and recover as they make there way through the world. This is one of the reasons I love street photography. It’s all the amazing people like Bryant I meet that keeps my faith in humanity. When you see an opportunity to buy a copy of Street Roots, I encourage you to do so. It’s good reading and it helps people. A true win-win.
Geek info: Sony A6300 with Sony 24mm f/1.8 Zeiss Sonnar lens or Sony 50mm f1.8 OSS. Shot in raw converted in either LR mobile or LRCC. I like to shoot short lenses when I’m doing street work. It forces me to get extremely close to my subjects. It’s risky, but also for me personally, it makes the photos feel more intimate due to the tight proximity from me to subject. Some times less than 2 feet.