Yield to Pedestrians

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I noticed a homeless person trying to pick up his belongings that had fallen from his shopping cart.

Still relatively early in the evening (as the Market’s clock reveals) and there were still people at the market.

Yet, no one appeared to want to help this man with the overturned shopping cart.

I felt compelled to capture this moment because I believed that for me it embodied an important socio-economical message of the times in my country.

That message was how appearance dictates to some people whether a person is worthier of help or attention, whether a person is worth looking at or acknowledgment that they exist in a world filled with plenty as in this place of all places a market full of food and people from a variety of cultures who come here to this place to make a life for themselves and their family.

I chose to title the image "Yield to Pedestrians” because of the irony that his shopping cart filled with all of his possessions had spilled over directly under a sign where no one seemed to yield to him, to his needs or to his existence.

I asked myself (after I had taken this photograph and helped him get his possessions back into his cart) how often I had overlooked people as I walked downtown-the busy urban landscape tented to my eyes straight ahead-to keep my focus on where I must go-when I must be there, to stay alert for danger, to avoid eye contact so as to not draw attention to myself.

I had forgotten that to make eye contact meant to make human contact.

These thoughts I pondered on that day that I photograph the man with the overturned shopping cart.

That day was one of many days that changed my perspective on life and how began to change how I viewed my world.

I now walk with my eyes wide open in order to view as much around me as I can-I am always looking around and always looking at the people who I pass by on the street…at the buildings, the small and the large of all that is around me.

I have become very conscious of the need…
…the importance to-
Yield to pedestrians.

Yield to Pedestrians

Cara Schingeck

Tacoma, United States

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A true story of my experience living in the Pacific Northwest walking in the urban landscape of Seattle, Washington in Pike Place Market, as a street photographer seeing a homeless person in need; I found so much in opportunity for a candid photograph of humanity and found an opportunity to discover my own humanity.

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