Tagged: homeless

This is an image I took on vacation Friday as I walked with my daughter to the Seattle Space Needle. I immediately saw the contrast of the homeless man on a laptop. To me this  begged so many questions. I will leave it up to the viewer to make assumptions. Nikon D4, 24-120 mm f/4 Nikkor lens



December 22nd, 2012 Permalink

I was assigned to illustrate a story on a proposed homeless tent city in Spokane. The reporter’s suggestion was to photograph a holiday dinner for homeless at a local church. I skipped shooting that event after seeing this group gathered in an alley behind the church. I just walked up to them and introduced myself and asked them if I could take their picture. In most cases this could go either way, but I was surprised when the all agreed. At that point they just ignored me as I slowly snapped away. There were technical challenges to overcome with this image. This photograph looks like it was taken during the day. In fact, it was nighttime in a dark alley lit only by an overhead streetlight. I jack my ISO to 3200 and turned on vibration reduction in my lens. I think I was shooting at around a 1/15 of a second. I like this frame because of how authentic it feels. Each expression is different and the guy holding the Elmo doll adds to the mystery of the image.  Nikon D3s, Nikkor 24-120 mm f/4 lens


Homeless Dogs

December 3rd, 2010 Permalink

Update: All the dogs are safe now. Five were adopted and the remaining three are being housed at SpokAnimal C.A.R.E. I love it when a newspaper story and photo spurs action in my community.

Someone called the newspaper upset that eight dogs were living in a broken down car. When Spokesman-Review reporter Chelsea Bannach and I arrived we were appalled at what we found. The canines were living in a cold, urine and feces infested car. The owners, we learned later, had lost their house in a fire and were staying with friends in an apartment that didn’t allow animals. Neighbors were incensed at how the dogs were being treated. The light was fading, so I used a flash off camera to light the photo. When I went around the back of the car, this scared dog just looked at me as he paced. It was that “Well, what are you going to do,” look. I went back to the newspaper and pushed for the story and photo to go A-1. This is one of those call-to-action photos that readers of the newspaper will respond to. The situation for both the dogs and the owners are bad, but let’s see what happens after the story and photo runs. Nikon D3s 17-35 mm Nikkor lens.

One of eight dogs that have been living in a car on East Hartson Avenue in Spokane, Wash., paces in squalor Friday, Dec. 3, 2010. Their owner's house burned down recently and they don't have a permeant home to care for the dogs. SpokAnimal C.A.R.E. left a ticket on the car telling the owners to fix the issue, but nothing has been done. Colin Mulvany/The Spokesman-Review.