Sunday, July 06, 2008

Creative Photography #4




Wow everybody! We're into the 4th week of Roger's Creative Photography Contest.

Here's my submission for this week:



These fellas were sitting outside the Christian Science Center in Boston this weekend. I noticed them because they were there in stark contrast to the huge, great complex of the Center designed by I.M. Pei in 1968.

The man second from the left, the one with the walker in the photo, spoke and asked if I had anything to offer them for a bite to eat. In the photo he's showing me his identity tag which said he belonged to an organization for homeless and hungry men.

After I took the picture above, with permission, the gentleman stood up and walked toward me so that I could see his tag up close.

I gave him all the singles I had in my bag, about 5 or 6. He thanked me and went to sit down when the man on the far left who was smoking a cigarette spoke angrily and said, "How about me, ma'm, I'm hungry."

I said to the man I gave the money to, "Hey, aren't you going to share that money?"

But smoking man shouted "He's not going to share it!"

I repeated, "You have to share the money. You can't keep it all." And I stood there.

Slowly the man gave two of the dollars to smoking man.

"Good," I said and walked away. The other men (red shirt; blue pants) said nothing and never looked at me during the entire exchange.

How I photo edited the picture:
I posterized it to add color, and lightened it a bit.

theteach

22 comments:

Patti said...

Interesting photo and accompanying story. I like how you posterized it.

Roger said...

Great effects Mary! Thank you for your Creative Photography submission.

Greyscale Territory said...

What an amazing story begind a fascinating pic! It certainly makes us all grateful for what we have. Even if it doesn't seem much to us, (because we struggle from pay day to pay day,it is more than these guys have!

napaboaniya said...

Thank goodness, that man shared his $ and the both of them didn't get into a fight :P

Nice work done on the photo Mary :)

dale said...

That's a very sur-real image and interesting story to match. I've often thought of snapping some city picts and buying coffees or burgers to those who participated in my photos.

cheers
dale

Star8278 said...

Way cool. Love the effects. Good luck in the contest.

Odat said...

That's a great pic and a great story!
Don't ya love it when you try to do the right thing, it winds up being the wrong thing? I've had that happen to me too....
Peace

Ladynred said...

What a great story! lovely shot and nice effect!
Scrapbooking and Photography

Lori Stilger said...

Great photoshop treatment!!! Love the posterizing and colorization - it makes it feel like it was thirty years ago.... :D
Thanks for sharing!!!

Dianne said...

I love the building and the way the color plays across the lawn.

It added such detail without taking away from the main subjects who were clearly colorful in their own way.

Bond said...

Nice Mary

good luck to you

Chica said...

What an interesting story to go along with the photo. I believe that man wouldn't have shared had you not made him! LOL :)

Suzie said...

SOunds intense. Whats funny is everyone in the picture looks so relaxed

Roger said...

Congratulations Mary!! Your this week #1 in Creative Photography, great job!!

Come on by and pick up your award!!

Greyscale Territory said...

Congrats on your win!

I really loved the story embedded in this pic when I first saw it!

Gemma

Star8278 said...

Congratulations! A well deserved win... you had my vote!

dale said...

Congrats Mary! Great image and story :-)

napaboaniya said...

Congratulations on winning Mary!! :) Weeee!!! I'm so happy for you *jumps.and.click.heels* :P

the teach said...

Thank you everybody! I really liked this picture and the story surrounding it! :)

Michelle said...

Well deserved Mary....

Dianne said...

Brava and Congrats Mary!!

I loved that photo - such a story, a great scene, it was worth a thousand words as the old saying goes!

Lois Grebowski said...

Great creative use of your photography!