I was watching an interview with a famous photographer, and something he said just clicked with me. “Our purpose as photographers is not to change the world, but to draw attention to it.” How can those with the ability to make effective changes in the world ever make those changes without knowing where the problem is. Whether you’re a nature photographer, or a photojournalist in a war zone, you are out in the world inspiring others into action to make a better world.
Now, that’s enough of the soap box speech. On to today’s photograph. Recently, while out on the streets of Portland, I noticed a woman sitting on the sidewalk, holding a sign about being homeless. People were walking around her, trying to avoid eye contact. In this shot, I chose not to show her face so I can show the background, and to give it an “any city” feel. This is a scene that is played out in every city across the country, and in the rest of the world. I would go so far as to say this is a timeless problem.