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Caroline

By ZenTony
So here is Caroline. She has lived on the streets of Soho for 40 years. I spent a couple of hours with her at Cafe Nero in Old Compton Street with coffee and buns and she told me her life story. In that time 10-15 people recognised her and waved and called her name. She was delightful.
The people I have photographed here this week have all allowed me into their lives and have been happy to be contributors to my Project as it develops.
It is too easy as a photographer to snap these people and post somewhere to make a crass statement. They deserve more than that and I have been humbled by them. Their stories will only be revealed in the most general of terms; frankly they were too brutally honest with me which has left me with such a sadness on many levels.

Tags: Street photography Photo journalism Monochrome Soho Homelessness Old compton street

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9 Oct 2020 7:45AM
Great street photography like v1, Dave.
franken Plus
18 5.2k 4 United Kingdom
9 Oct 2020 8:14AM
Excellent street work.
saltireblue Plus
10 11.2k 68 Norway
9 Oct 2020 8:39AM
A thought-provoking finish to a series than makes an impression. Forty years on the streets? How? Why?

Many thanks for sharing these images and stories, Tony.
bluesandtwos 11 437 1 England
9 Oct 2020 8:54AM
So many times I've pondered the circumstances of these poor folk, perhaps fearful that it so easily could be me? But I have never had the courage to ask, worried that satisfying my curiosity would be at the expense of their dignity. You seem to manage to avoid that pitfall so well.

There are so many now, and it's wrong. Sad

Was it Bob Dylans words, Her clothes are dirty, but her hands are clean. Came into my head when I looked at the last version in colour.

Dave
9 Oct 2020 9:08AM
She has the most amazing eyes, such a powerful soul in there!

Dave.
9 Oct 2020 9:18AM
A revealing set, Tony with your lead image saying so much about the moment.
Her thoughts show in her face and her story lay bare for all who care to listen.

A great job, Tony in all respect's.

JohnSmile
hobbo Plus
9 1.7k 3 England
9 Oct 2020 9:42AM
An Award from me.....

My kind of shot..... it is so important to involve yourself, at least a little if you feel the need to record such a character; like you, I have found many, quite approachable after the offer of a hot drink or a pasty. Itís best to build up trust over a little time, if you can ...if not a smile and warm approach can work.

It is all too easy to exploit the vulnerable ....please try not to.

My.... Blues Player... portraits were all done by this approach.... but very sadly Robbie died in hospital.... since then, I have painted his portrait twice....he can be found in my portfolio.

Hobbo
dudler Plus
17 1.4k 1739 England
9 Oct 2020 9:43AM
If big companies paid their taxes instead of exporting their profits, we could afford to provide the support that people like Caroline need... It's definitely not easy, but it is a moral duty...
dales Plus
4 11 Australia
9 Oct 2020 9:59AM
So wonderful of you to spend some time listening and giving a break to their lonliness and despair , excellent images by the way.
Ian
jacomes Plus
5 26 25 Portugal
9 Oct 2020 10:55AM
An excellent trio of portraits, she looks a really kind person, but 40 years living on the streets..........
This has been a thought provoking series Tony, and sympathetic to the people you have met talked with and photographed.
So my award for the whole series.
James
Brilliant work..

So much truth, humility and love in her eyes and face..

I shall take another look at this series.. I always feel that essay work can create a powerful body of work.

And with such humanitarianism in this.

It shines brightly here, I shall come back tomorrow with a UA..

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