Sign of the times

It is unusual to walk down any street or avenue in New York without coming across someone waving a piece of cardboard with a scribbled plea for help on it (they call it flying the sign). I never set out with the intention of photographing the lost and the lonely, but inevitably I do, so ………

‘Take your pet to work day’ The edge of Spanish Harlem, 1st Avenue, Upper East Side

‘Career (small) Change’ Midtown, Manhattan

‘If all else fails, blame the government’ 70th Street & York, Upper East Side

26 thoughts on “Sign of the times

  1. I remember when my daughter lived in New York and seeing all the homeless people as we walked around the town. It’s so sad. With America being the great country that it claims to be, no one should be homeless there.

    • That is very kind of you. You have a fantastic blog Robin, great tips and articles, you really know your stuff. Thank you for your encouraging comment.

    • Funnily enough, ‘that poor dog’ barked and growled at anyone who got too close. Hardly the perfect partner when you are asking people to dig deep and pass over a couple of dollars.

  2. Thank you for stopping by my blog earlier. I am enjoying your work. I find the first shot to be very cynical in a sense that this homeless man is pictured with a uniqlo shopping bag, made for all… That uber-consumption and extreme poverty coexist in our world is the paradox of our times! Thanks for sharing,


    • Hi Yulia, I doubt very much that this guy has any opinion on the political stance of Uniqlo (nor do I) I guess it is just a ‘bag’ to carry his ‘stuff’ which would undermine any point to be made by the brand on it. I think it may be ironic in a small sense. Paradox I love, Uber-consumption I am not easy with really. Love that your comments are constructive and I am so pleased you like ‘Tango in Union Square. Thank you so much.

  3. these are really powerful / meaningful pictures. Goodjob taking the pictures, over here in california/ san jose, they dont want you taking pictures, they will probably attack you, or threaten.

    • Much the same here to be honest, I always find that a few friendly words and a little respect goes a long way. That and a couple of dollars for their trouble. Thanks for the comment.

  4. Its incredible that what we call mature or rich societies can let this go on. Maybe there should be a tax on and to prevent it? Better not give them any ideas

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