>>> Street Photography eXchange #72 <<<

Started Nov 7, 2013 | Discussions thread
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Re: Money or Greed?

geraldPP wrote:

fad wrote:

Wrong target Frank!

Why not instead, a really target-RICH environment like Wall Street?

-gerald

Good question.

An artist should transcend his politics, Gerald.  I thought this title because it is strange for the situation could have many, simultaneous interpretations:

Bleeding heart:  This man is only there because those bastards on Wall St put him there.

Tough love:  He's counting his coins until he can buy his next drink, the lazy bum.

Spiritual:  Greed is not a function of wealth.  A great saint (Abba Makarios?) said that he had seen a man give away great wealth to the poor in order to enter a monastery and then become greedy over a piece of cabbage.

Philosophical:  We live in a world of scarcity, and the role of money is ubiquitous.   It brings this man into the public square and forces us all to have a relationship to him.

Tender:  He is counting coins, whether for sustenance or momentary pleasure, but what this isolated man is doing is counting out the tenderness of strangers that connects their open hearts to his personal needs.

Ironic:  This money, for him, is not an evil, but a necessity.

Poetic:  This is not a rich man, but the overblown title makes one think that this poor individual is, in his world, no different from the king in the nursery rhyme who is in his counting house and counting out his money.  Our differences are so much smaller than our similarities.

Artistic: Homelessness seems to be the result of certain arbitrary public policies (Deinstitutionalization, vagrancy laws being knocked down, a certain court ruling in NYC applying a forgotten law from the 30's and so on.)   So vagrancy and public solicitation have become common in busy parts of cities.   Unfortunately, we photographers have pounced on the easy shots of people looking pathetic, or else performing to attract donors.  This has become a big bore.   Here, though, a man is in a very busy corner (it was very difficult to find an opening in the crowds to take a shot) but in his own private world.  He himself is dark, but his cup is translucent, and in it is currency.  Money is his transparency, his way of connecting to the passing crowds.  And he is, in this moment, in his own private world, counting out his treasure with care.

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Frank
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