I am quoting, once again, from the e-book that I am working on.
“I generally try and avoid shooting homeless people. This is something that I used to do a lot when I was younger. In countries like India, it is always easy to find and shoot a homeless person, and in my younger days, I would do that a lot.
However, while I still shoot them from time to time, it is not something that I like to do.
Unlike us, who have homes to go back to, a homeless person does not have the luxury of that privacy.
It is unpleasant to shoot a homeless person, while they stand or sit on the streets, trying to live their lives, and clinging on to the last shreds of human dignity that the rest of us allow them.
Many of them do not have a name.”
It is indeed sad, in my humble view, that a country that seeks to progress cannot take all, or most, of its citizens along with it.
There is, in my view, an element of exploitation that is involved, when a photographer shoots a poor person, and trumps it around with the words, “Real life, dude. This is real life.”
Yes, it is real life, but it is not a life that we lead, or even share. We participate, through the lens, for a moment. A brief moment.
Street photography has to be approached with compassion and respect, for those who inhabit the streets, and who allow us to share their space with them.