I don’t know. The question: why do I take these pictures? What is it for….I have trouble articulating why I do these things. The closest I can come to answering would be to say that it blows my mind, so many little unwritten stories, unseen and therefore invisible to most. Sometimes I find that these brief stories are analogous to a little window, like something out of a Madeleine L’Engle story….a magical aperture that allows a glimpse into a detail. A detail, a small occurrence, a bump on the road….or a face imbedded in a sea of many. This little window can illuminate a brief sequence of events that may be relatively insignificant but profoundly meaningful at the same time….if only to the one experiencing it. How many stories are out there…captivating and tragic and beautiful and absorbing, as each of our lives is. My intense, daily experiences are my own….and remain with me until I die. When that happens, they’ll die with me.
So why not tell a little story? A little big story of somebody else’s life, just a few pictures and words.
I found out that Rene was something of a regular visitor to the McDonald’s on Canal Street, stopping in to read his paper and drink coffee. I went back, and spoke to a guy who knew Rene when I showed my pictures….and he said he hadn’t seen him since the holidays, come to think of it. Robin said that he normally sees Rene in the subway at night as well….So whatever happened that day was more significant than I realized at the time.
Rene struggled to stay upright and balanced. My last picture of Rene.
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YEAH ULTIMATELY AND ALL WE DO IS WATCH THE OBJECTS OF MOCKERY REALLY ,, ALL WE DO IS WATCH! DO WE HAVE TO WATCH THEM ON THE STREETS DOING THAT THE REST OF OUR LIVES,,, OR DO THE DOCTORS AND THE NURSES ,, TAKE CARE OF THEM AN FACILITY? WRITTEN BY NANCY LEE KELLY ,,, CALLED :: “AND ALL WE DO IS SNAP, FLASH AND WATCH”
Sad to hear the follow up, that he hadn’t been seen since. Hopefully he’s being cared for somewhere, somehow by someone.
Hi Spaulding…thanks as always for reading and your attention….I do hope so. It’s weird, having run into him at such a critical point. I check whenever I’m down there…we shall see!
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I love your photography and writing Suzanne, but Rene, that’s beyond sad. Wish there had been a better ending for him but you showed him kindness and got medical attention so at least he wasn’t alone, maybe a thought for us all to look beyond the obvious, thank you.
Your work is just amazing.
Hi Helen…thanks very much for your thoughtful, sensitive comment. It’s awes that you feel something about my work…finding people and learning more teaches me many lessons. One never knows what the future hold…everybody was somebody’s baby. It can wind up sadly.