While moving through the hustle and bustle around Copley Square in Boston I saw him. I don’t know what it was that made me stop but something called to me. There were so so many homeless in and around the area and some of them, sadly, were in a mental condition that I would never have approached them or tried to take their photo for fear of my own safety. But he was different. The man was just sitting there eating his bagel and cream cheese and I had to approach him.
His signs say his name is Ron and that he is homeless. It further states that he does not drink nor use drugs and that he is without any money until he gets approval for disability as he has back and shoulder injuries and cannot work. His income is zero and he has no other choice but to ask for help. He asks for anything: food, clothing, coins, cash. All would be appreciated and used responsibly. Now if any or all of this was true I didn’t know and frankly I didn’t care. I dropped some money in his cup and politely asked him if I could take his photo. He agreed without any change of emotion on his face. I captured this image and thanked him and continued on with my day.
Later on while walking past the area again I looked for him but he was nowhere to be found…I wish you well, Ron, wherever you are.
(Image was treated with a bleach bypass preset, added contrast, and vignetting. F4.5 – 1/250 – ISO100 – 35mm – Canon 5D)