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Maria

By ZenTony
This is Maria, taken around new Street Station, Birmingham. She was brought over to the UK by a gang and forced to work in the sex industry ! She ran away and now lives on the Streets, this being preferable to what she was having to be put though.
I know there is what could be seen as a lot of negative space here and I looked at cropping. But In the end I just thought it represented her isolation. She was happy to talk me and tell me all about her life. And she was so grateful for the sandwich I bought her. The trouble is you walk away from a situation like this back to the comfort of your home and feel hopeless.

Tags: Street photography Photo journalism Birmingham Homeless Prostitution

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A well composed image

And well done on giving her the sandwich and some conversation

Colin Smile
6 Oct 2020 7:58AM
So sad, bless her, there but for the grace of god......

Dave
ZenTony Plus
4 1 1 United Kingdom
6 Oct 2020 8:02AM

Quote:A well composed image

And well done on giving her the sandwich and some conversation

Colin Smile


Thanks Colin. Sometimes I find it difficult photographing these situations and ask my self if I am exploiting these people who have found themselves in such tragic circumstances. I reconcile such thoughts in the hope that by showing these people and by talking to them at length helps, through public shaming, that society responds in some way. A forlorn hope maybe !
mrswoolybill Plus
14 2.4k 2290 United Kingdom
6 Oct 2020 8:07AM
Alternative title - Walking away... Well done for allowing her space, context, rather than sticking the camera up her nose. For me that's about respect and dignity. Which I guess is about all that she has.
ZenTony Plus
4 1 1 United Kingdom
6 Oct 2020 8:21AM

Quote:Alternative title - Walking away... Well done for allowing her space, context, rather than sticking the camera up her nose. For me that's about respect and dignity. Which I guess is about all that she has.

Indeed; that is all she had and with hint of bitterness !

Quote:
Quote:A well composed image

And well done on giving her the sandwich and some conversation

Colin Smile


Thanks Colin. Sometimes I find it difficult photographing these situations and ask my self if I am exploiting these people who have found themselves in such tragic circumstances. I reconcile such thoughts in the hope that by showing these people and by talking to them at length helps, through public shaming, that society responds in some way. A forlorn hope maybe !



Something is better than nothing Tony Smile
bluesandtwos 11 437 1 England
6 Oct 2020 8:30AM

Quote:
Sometimes I find it difficult photographing these situations and ask my self if I am exploiting these people who have found themselves in such tragic circumstances.



That sums up my feelings exactly. Sad As you say, we can go home afterwards, these poor souls are stuck in a world that's hard for most of us to imagine.
jacomes Plus
5 26 25 Portugal
6 Oct 2020 8:57AM
A beautiful and poignant image, which says far more than a closer portrait would.
Unfortunately with current government policies there is little hope of any real help for such people.
James
I'm glad you talked and listened to her story.

I'm doing my best to zip my lips but it didn't work..!

If the same global emergency and response was and had been given to this and hunger to name just two compared the current hyped up situation.

Stay safe.. Ba ha..!

I have a dream...
ZenTony Plus
4 1 1 United Kingdom
6 Oct 2020 9:43AM

Quote:I'm glad you talked and listened to her story.

I'm doing my best to zip my lips but it didn't work..!

If the same global emergency and response was and had been given to this and hunger to name just two compared the current hyped up situation.

Stay safe.. Ba ha..!

I have a dream...



I am with you there....the hype !!
dales Plus
4 11 Australia
6 Oct 2020 10:02AM
A very respectful documentation of Maria and the numerous others in these tragic situations , well done on lending an ear and some sustenance. We have gone to get some food for some such as this at times to find them gone on our return often moved on by local councils and such.
Ian
6 Oct 2020 11:57AM
A good choice not to crop this one, Tony and for the reason you've given.

It's easier than some people think to talk to a homeless person although, an element of guilt creeps in when photographing them but, not half as guilty as the feeling that comes when walking away from them.
Maria is obviously a genuine case and for people such as her, there are so many abandoned buildings that could be developed into accommodation. A roof over their heads, a hot meal or two and a feeling of safety rather than desperation and fear.
At the end of this year there will be office blocks and empty factories in abundance but, they will not be considered for shelter for the homeless. Why? Because it would mean spending money rather than earning it.

And yes, well done for buying her food and for listening.

JohnSmile
Daisymaye Plus
12 23 18 Canada
6 Oct 2020 2:13PM
All of the above and then some.
saltireblue Plus
10 11.2k 68 Norway
6 Oct 2020 2:42PM
The short moments of kindness shown by you and any others who bothered to share their time with her, will give her some small hope...and that is all we, as individuals, can really hope for.
dudler Plus
17 1.4k 1739 England
6 Oct 2020 6:11PM
I shall look out for Maria when I'm in Birmingham... And look for sandwiches.

As Chrissy says, if we could treat this sort of problem with the same absolute determination to solve it as we have with the virus, the world would be a different place.
Zydeco_Joe 14 84 1 England
29 Nov 2020 12:22PM
Powerful shot.
John

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