On The Turning Away by Ron Hannah

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A homeless man, name unknown, who was a fixture around my hometown of Claremont, California, sits on a retaining wall outside the local coffee joint. Many people, uncomfortable at the thought of homeless people in their upscale little town, simply ignore him.

On the other hand, there ARE lots of folks who try to take care of this man by bringing him food, cigarettes, even giving him some money or buying him a cup of coffee. I am among those, even though I am ashamed to say I never asked his name.

This was taken well over 2 years ago. I have been debating whether to publish this image for that long. The man has not been seen in nearly a year. I fear he did not survive the Winter. Winter in Southern California is mild in comparison to other parts of the world, but the season takes a toll on homeless people who have no place to get out of the inclement weather.

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Taken with my little Kodak Z1285 in January, 2009.
converted to B&W
processed a little

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  • Ron Hannah
    Ron Hannahabout 3 years ago

    On the turning away
    From the pale and downtrodden
    And the words they say
    Which we won’t understand
    “Don’t accept that what’s happening
    Is just a case of others’ suffering
    Or you’ll find that you’re joining in
    The turning away"

    It’s a sin that somehow
    Light is changing to shadow
    And casting it’s shroud
    Over all we have known
    Unaware how the ranks have grown
    Driven on by a heart of stone
    We could find that we’re all alone
    In the dream of the proud

    On the wings of the night
    As the daytime is stirring
    Where the speechless unite
    In a silent accord
    Using words you will find are strange
    And mesmerised as they light the flame
    Feel the new wind of change
    On the wings of the night

    No more turning away
    From the weak and the weary
    No more turning away
    From the coldness inside
    Just a world that we all must share
    It’s not enough just to stand and stare
    Is it only a dream that there’ll be
    No more turning away?

    - Pink Floyd “On The Turning Away”

  • Tracy66
    Tracy66about 3 years ago

    You are a kind man who gives to people less fortunate than yourself. Bless you dear Ron.

  • Sheryl Gerhard
    Sheryl Gerhardabout 3 years ago

    This shows just what kind of man you really are Ron. You have compassion which , unfortunately, is a rare commodity these days. A very sad story. The lyrics are very fitting and moving. An image that will stick in my mind for some time to come. Thanks for sharing,friend.

  • Thomas Barker-Detwiler
    Thomas Barker-...about 3 years ago

    Thank you, Ron, for submitting this piece. The truly frightening this about your shot is that so many are one check or a couple of delayed payments away from the same fate. I am glad that you decided to use this, because the greatest problem is the invisibility of these people. We just don’t want to see them because it is to frightening. Photos can change the world, we never know which or when but suddenly a war is unattractive because of a burned naked young girl…keep shooting and keep feeling, peace, Tom

  • Ulla Jensen
    Ulla Jensenabout 3 years ago

    Ron, apart from the fine photo-journalistic work here, you also showed us a part of yourself. Thanks so much for both raising more awareness and showing concern and compassion. Cheers mate x

  • cherylc1
    cherylc1about 3 years ago

    Outstanding journalistic capture and touching words!!

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