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Thursday, April 5, 2018

Urban poetry

Two men sleeping outside the church of San Francisco in Santiago.

I admit I walked past them the first time because it seemed so rude and intrusive to take a picture of them -- you need a certain ruthlessness to do street photography and whatever ruth is, I apparently have way too much of it. (In the US, it's actually legal to take a picture of anyone you want on the street as long as it's not for commercial purposes, but that didn't protect me from being assaulted by a crazy man who really didn't want his picture taken.)

But I loved these faces -- even better in black and white -- and after thinking about it, I walked back and took the picture. I did leave some money in their jar as a thank you.

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