Shane is a homeless man begging in the streets of the Sydney CBD, see photo Shane’s Story. I was amazed at the indifference of all the people around him. In the city that afternoon there was a demonstration against the Live Export Cattle trade to Indonesia and the mistreatment of cattle. The demonstrators were concerned about the cattle, but not so concerned for the homeless.

The building in the background is the Apple store on George Street. 3 or 4 levels packed with people buying their I-Pads, I-phones etc.
Apple have branded their product well, to see 5 or 6 year old kids at the apple store playing on the computers etc, you realise the encroaching nature of consumerism.

The only hope for the homeless is if we can brand them with a logo and make them a consumer item, people may then spend their money on the homeless.

Yes I am an old cynical left winger :-)

Camera: Canon 40D
Lens: 24-105 L F4


candid, street photography, homeless, sydney


  • Berns
    Bernsalmost 3 years ago

    I agree with your sentiments entirely! Great and poignant capture!

  • thanks…I could not imagine how hard it would be to beg like this…

    – Andrew Kalpage

  • Catherine Berger
    Catherine Bergeralmost 3 years ago

    Such a sad thing – ….

  • i know Catherine, the world can be tough at times :-)

    – Andrew Kalpage

  • geof
    geofalmost 3 years ago

    Heads held high, and wearing dark glasses – all the better to ignore what they dont wish to see. A very good picture.

  • Thanks Geoff, it is easier for us all to ignore, but it takes so little to give and we recieve so much in return :-)

    – Andrew Kalpage

  • Graeme Mockler
    Graeme Mocklerover 2 years ago

    Fantastic work !

  • Thanks again Graeme :-)

    – Andrew Kalpage

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