When I stopped to chat with this wonderful lady, she had such a gentle soul and uplifting spirit, I asked if I could take a photograph. I knew I wanted to remember her for many, many years.
As this gentleman approach me I was reading a hundred stories in his face and knew that a photograph would do the same. I hope his real stories are less desperate than what I have imagined.
More than any other photograph I have taken depicting the ravages of poverty; this gentleman's condition brought home the sometimes hopeless desperation of having absolutely no support system for survival.
There is something in the intensity in her eyes that contrasts so well with the casual nature of her style that brings a certain tension to this photograph that is hard to find and capture.
I love the color, mood, and playfulness of this photo.
Ahhhh the passion of Tango!
The lighting, her outfit, and the weariness in her eyes were perfect subject material.
When I took this shot in October of 2006, I had only been shooting digital for a year, and hadn't touched a camera for at least 20 years prior.
For each of us as photographers, there is one moment or one shot that motivates us to pick up the camera with a renewed inspiration to create something unique, artistic, or poetic.
This was my shot!
A soccer dad watching his daughter play, I was amazed at the intensity in his eyes even from 30 yards away. This was a "can't miss this shot" photograph.
I hadn't met Popeye (Thomas) yet when I took this shot from about 20 yards away. He was so small and fragile looking and reminded me of a shy little mouse praying for protection.
Weeks later, when I had an opportunity to talk with him for several hours, I was struck by his intelligence and wisdom. When I rose to leave I asked him if he remembered my name and he replied: "I'm homeless Geoff, I'm not stupid or simple-minded".
I left his company that day feeling humbled and embarassed that I would think of him in any way less fortunate than I.
I really like primate shots and this is certainly one of my favorites.