Street Portrait: Meeting Joe

An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity.
– Martin Luther King, Jr.

Street photography often times highlights amazing individuals you’d never otherwise meet. This afternoon I went on a Photo Essay shoot which I’ll be publishing in the days to come called – Miracle Mile. Miracle Mile is a famous street in Coral Gables and even mentioned in Billy Joel’s famous song “It’s Still Rock And Roll To Me”.

Ricoh GRD III

And while there, I met Joe, a homeless gentleman with the heart of gold, he basically told me his story and what a story it was. After we spoke for about 10 minutes I asked him for a portrait shot and graciously obliged. He was in good spirits and I tried my best to capture his wonderful smile.

Now going back to the quote from MLK which is still very much apparent and true today, we must rise to the occasion as we try to capture our images in the most humane way.

ps. thank you Zun and Joe, your images inspire!

13 thoughts on “Street Portrait: Meeting Joe

  1. … maintaining dignity while being assertive is a tough job and you did well here to bring us a fantastic humanistic portrait of Joe. I’m excited to see your work with the GRD3, it’s still my favorite cam and can handle the toughest jobs.

    Thanks again for your passionate support – and for passing your inspiration along to us all!

    1. Thanks Janrzm. Zun, I really appreciate your support and your visual tutelage as well, it not only inspired me but also led me to probe deeper and try to improve with every frame captured. Street photography is certainly at the core of humanity, through images I believe we can not only learn about others but also learn to respect them for what they are and also share their humanity with the rest of society and for me, as I’m sure it is for you as well, perhaps lead others to do the same. Its a small world and our time here is only a finite number, we need to take advantage of every minute. Thanks for your support Zun, I look forward to one day meeting you, cheers.

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