Moving Portraits

As I mentioned in a previous post I've been spending some time on flickr which is that photo sharing website. My photos are linked on the right hand sidebar of this page.

The purpose of this post is to bring attention to Stoneth's pictures on flickr. This guy takes some moving photographs. All his photos are black and white portraits of homeless people he meets on the street in San Francisco. He includes a brief story about the person that he learns while talking with them. I've found he has many of my favorite photographs on flickr. If you want to check it out click here.

Here is an example of his work...

(homeless man with face markings, sf, 5/8/06)

homeless eric in soma. eric used to freight hop and had a circuit he would follow seasonally. about eight years ago, on his sf stop, he got hooked bad on heroin and thus got stuck.

he figures it's too much trouble trying to move on; he'd just get sick, and he wouldn't be able to put aside enough to hold him until the next fix. everything now is shooting up and hustling his next fix. so he stays.

he was in prison in new mexico some time before and has prison tattoos up and down his arms. he managed to get away with them except for an inch by inch section on his left arm; his last. that got him nine extra months.

he grew up in the foster system. his parents killed themselves when he was five (carbon monoxide asphyxiation). his mom was a hooker and his dad was a junky.

he agrees that was fucked up for a five year old but says everything's been fucked up like that.


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