Photo via thecobrasnake
I saw this picture portraying a homeless man sleeping on the sidewalk. Unfortunately, he had a pee pee accident as his dark yellow urine streamed down towards the star of a celebrity. I felt tons of emotions as my brain processed this digital image. Shame. Guilt. LOLability. Snarkfactor. Sadness. AmericanBeauty. Happiness. Loneliness. Fucksocietivity. Bloggy. Alive. Dead on the inside. Alone. Without a home. Metaphorical. This is the power of photography. A simple man who peed his pants in his sleep [via no home] can say so much about humanity, society, and the struggle 2 create a better life for urself.
The sad/beautiful image of the homeless man made me think of a recent post on the globally acclaimed streetfashion blog 'the Sartorialist' in which the photoblogger posted a picture of a coloured homeless man, then wrote an 'inspiring blurb'.
Photo and blurb by the Sartorialist:
I don't usually shoot homeless people. I don't find it romantic or appealing like a lot of street photographers, and if you asked homeless people they are probably not to happy about their situation either. That's why I was surprised to be so drawn to taking a picture of this gentleman.
I was being interviewed for an article in British Vogue; and while we walked down Bowery back in April I barely stopped walking when I took the shot. Fiona Golfar, the writer, asked why I took the photo. At that moment I couldn't really explain - but I just had a feeling about the power and grace of how he was sitting there. It wasn't until later that night when I was working on the image that I realized why I had noticed this man.
Usually people in this man's position have given up hope. Maybe this gentleman has too, I don't know, but he hasn't given up his sense of self or his sense of expressing something about himself to the world. In my quick shot I had noticed his pale blue boots, what I hadn't noticed at first were the matching blue socks, blue trimmed gloves, and blue framed glasses. This shot isn't about fashion - but about someone who, while down on his luck, hasn't lost his need to communicate and express himself through style.
Looking at him dressed like this makes me feel that in some way he hasn't given in or given up.
Damn. The bloggerbro's inspirational blurb is actually kinda true... It's like even though you might be the poorest, most worthless, homeless guy in the world, it doesn't mean that u can't have a little bit of pride 2 make sure that your clothes match. Never give up. Every day, u have the opportunity to brand yourself--you have the opportunity to let the world know that you are a person, and within this person is a brand which the whole world can consume.
Homelessness is not a disease--homelessness is the product of a group of people who have no pride. A group of people who don't play by society's rules. A group of people living in some demented reality, no longer in touch with the availability of legitimate intrinsic rewards through the power of 'creating.your.own.image.' We must inspire the homeless so that they can inspire us to do more than to take artsy pix of them. It is easy for photographers to take pictures of homeless people because they usually look 'insane', 'urban', and as if society has shat upon them.
A lot of people say that homeless people should 'get a fucking job'--now I firmly believe that they would get a job if they dressed nicely, and treated people with respect. It seems like they could some how get a job at an investment bank, or perhaps a McDonalds, similar to the plotline of the popular Will Smith joint 'The Pursuit of Happyness.'
After reading that inspired blurb, it sort of makes me want to tell this guy to 'get his shit together', and 'have a little bit of pride.' U can't go around pissing on urself and wearing lame ass clothes if you really want to turn ur life around.
It doesn't matter if you can't control your bladder, or if you are mentally challenged, or if you are having 'terrible flashback dreams.' Every day, you need to take pride in yourself. You need to realize that your personal brand is being interpreted by every1 who sees you. Do you want to depress your viewers? Or do you want to inspire them? Be a valuable person--not just to yourself, but also to society as a whole.
This is a blog post about hope.
[Image by The Style scout]
I h8 that I have been gifted with 'a beautiful, analytical mind' that helps me to see the true meaning/beauty within things. Even something as simple as 'a corporate logo' can be interpreted in a way that makes u 'kinda sad about life.'
(Can we come up with an official name for BLACKOUT glasses/flickr blockrs/ANONYMOUS glasses/FGGT goggles?)
N e ways... I h8 that this white guy in the pic is kinda saying 'i h8 being seen with black people.' Not sure if it is some sort of societal commentary, or if he actually h8s being seen socializing with a blipster, but I hope he realizes that 'being alt' means being colour-free. Maybe he just h8s him because they are competing head2head in a Zany Personal Brand Fantasy Sports League.
When is some1 gonna come up with an AltCeleb Fantasy League? Can I get 10 points if I draft Uffie and she has a nip slip? Will I get 1 point if Girl Talk crowd surfs in an inflatable raft? Can I draft altBros from the MidWest as a group? Can I trade U Xavier DeRosnay for the rights to M.I.A.'s unborn child + 7 cases of Sparks fuel? I can't believe I dropped DJ AM from my Fantasy Team bc I thought he was going 2 be out the rest of the season! Now I found out he is gonna tour with Jay-Z!
Who do u want on ur AltCeleb Fantasy Sports team?
XX BONUS SPOILED LIL ALT XX
"I h8 my free spirited mom 4 not letting me get enough electroAccessories. Just want 2 extend my personal brand but my Cool Dad doesn't even make enuff money 2 support my desired lifestyle. h8 life."
Just a bro in a skirt. He doesn't want any attention. He just wants u to know that the is free spirited. Don't look at him like 'WHY IS THAT GUY WEARING A SKIRT?! HE'S A BRO.' He doesn't want any attention. It's just a skirt. IT'S JUST FASHION. Haven't u traveled outside of America? There's a whole world out there.
Don't judge him. He knows more about culture than u. He has seen real pain. He is in touch with humanitie. He is pursuing his Doctorate in a field where u don't end up practicing medicine.
He has traveled. He is free. He is skirtBro. His bag is full of organic stuff/food that tastes like the Earth.
Is 'the guy who wears a skirt and waits for you to say something about it so he can tell you how annoying it is when people talk about his skirt' more obnoxious than 'a pack of altbros in shutter shades'?
If u were a bro with a skirt, would u consider converting it into a Palestinian scarf?
I know Kanye a little bit and that portrait captures something in him I haven't seen before. Whether you like him or not is up to you. That shot is just a simple portrait of a man in a difficult moment in his life and as a artist I would be crazy not to react to that moment (especially if it falls within a mood I'm feeling). I love the contrast that these two portraits create. And lets be honest, we can't assume that this woman is any more or less refined or graceful than Kanye. I think the not really knowing makes portraits all the more fascinating