102nd St and Columbus Avenue, New York

This dog, off the leash, just pranced over to me, climbed up on the ledge I was sitting on and peered over at the lawn behind; then looked at me as I brought the camera to my eye and pointed it in his direction.


106th St and Amsterdam Avenue, New York

Another sad situation and ethical dilemma for street photography. Passing this woman I thought a portrait would be nice so I stopped and went back to ask her if I could take her picture. She wanted money for food. I gave her my singles and asked her again if I could take her picture. As you can see she sort of posed for me and I showed her the image on my camera screen and she said she liked it (without much enthusiasm). I left not feeling great about the transaction and I’m sure it can’t have been great for her either, though I do like the picture. Obviously I can’t solve hunger and poverty on my own, taking pictures, and it’s not exactly like I’m profiting from this picture but it does feel slightly like that. We both got what we wanted but I walk on in my relatively comfortable life and she’s very temporarily a few dollars farther from hunger.

Here’s a link to Feeding America on Charity Navigator.