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NOT A BED OF ROSES

By hobbo
During the past year or so I have often chatted to one of the regular homeless men occupying a shop doorway in a nearby town. Recently he was persuaded by a charity to offer, hand-made small roses in exchange for donations....he and most the public like the idea. The roses are fashioned from a bread paste coloured with food dyes.
He readily agreed for me to shoot his hands as the fashioned a rose in this way, for my current....Hands....project.

Personally I would rather this small group of regulars be offered some kind of off-street Day-Care....out-doors so they can smoke, whilst offering shelter, guidance and sustenance. To be lying in damp or wet duvetís etc all day just cannot be right....even if it is their own choice.....

An off topic discussion, here I think ?

Hobbo

Tags: Street photography Black and white Hands at work

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4 Dec 2018 8:19AM
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Lovely photo Leo
dudler Plus
16 977 1536 England
4 Dec 2018 8:51AM
It's a topic that ought to be brought up in all sorts of places where it's 'off topic' - it isn't just the Christian who has a duty to comfort the distressed and distress the comfortable.

There are projects hiding all over the place - but it takes a while to find them... In Walsall, there's a Council-financed night shelter through the winter. There's a Sikh temple that feeds all comers. There are things like The Big Feed, offering a hot meal and somewhere to sit and eat it...

Maybe if we went off topic more often we could mobilise more people to help - it's not always easy, as the disadvantaged often have multiple problems. But it needs doing...
bliba Plus
14 2 Austria
4 Dec 2018 9:30AM
Excellent
hobbo Plus
8 1.3k 3 England
4 Dec 2018 9:36AM
Thank you for the responses....both to the photograph, and to the problem of homelessness.

Having been a professional dealing with this kind of thing, in the past....and having a very close relative who has almost self destructed....The problem is very close to me.

The fact that anyone can CHOOSE to live that way, or to smoke,inject,invest whatever they want is the problem.....it is their choice in many far too many cases....it is only when they collapse and are unconscious that any practical/physical/medical help can be given.

Once conscious, they just return to where they left off..... I feel strongly that no matter who or where....a shop doorway, in wet bedding just shouldnít be....

Hobbo
Minty805 Plus
3 31 5 United Kingdom
4 Dec 2018 10:22AM
A poignant picture indeed. As has been said above, it's a very difficult and multi-faceted problem, sometimes involving choice, sometimes not. At both ends of the scale - a few years ago, a former colleague, a professional man of some ability, fell on difficult times and finally was found dead one cold morning in a bus shelter. Tragic beyond words. At the other end of the homeless scale and longer ago, a man, known as a tramp, apparently chose to follow his outdoor life and was liked by many. Perhaps surprisingly, he was a talented pianist, and would drop into pubs around here from time to time and entertain customers for a pint and, perhaps, something to eat. Locally, there has been a converted double decker bus giving overnight shelter for those who want it. It's a wonderful gesture but little enough from such a rich country.
4 Dec 2018 10:38AM
No word...Just Excellent...
Zydeco_Joe 13 84 England
4 Dec 2018 1:08PM
Fantastic post and a very good image Like it good photography.

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