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.
sorry, this image is not for sale
Taken with my little Kodak Z1285 in January, 2009.
converted to B&W
processed a little