Today I shot pictures of the silent protest organized by Occupy Boise, part of the Occupy Wall Street gatherings. Today they are taping $1 over their mouths to symbolize how the 1% have silenced the other 99% in the USA. They also say the $1 is one dollar more than the Bank of America has paid in taxes
Jealousy on the Bench
I think I saw Santa
He was shopping at a farmer's market. He wasn't wearing his suit, but I'm still pretty sure it was him.
Charlie was just sitting down at the table next to me as I was getting up to leave. He's a local at this coffee shop and he was greeting the other normals. When I asked if I could take a picture of him he told me the story of how a picture of him was featured on day on CNN when he was all dressed up. The pin was all the decoration he needed today.
candid shot of a man with a great hat during the Hyde Park Street Fair in Boise
Three serious women
Mom and two daughters walking through the park in Boise.
Walking a bike through the Grove fountain in Boise.
Homeless man in downtown Boise. Shot from the hip.
Fun dressed dude at a pizza parlor pointing one of two fingers at me as I shot this from my hip as I passed by.
Pretty, Kitty, and Lou
Glamour is a state of mind. That, plus sunglasses.
Artist making a cardboard sign before starting his street performance.
A Meeting of the Wheels
A Smoking Air Guitar
Two smokers deftly multi-tasking in an imaginary band.
After I saw him and shot this picture, I went a couple of blocks to the nearest fast food restaurant and bought him a couple of cheeseburgers. Unfortunately when I doubled back around he had already caught the bus and was gone. Fortunately, then again not so, I know of another corner where homeless people normally hang out. I found a hungry and grateful man that made the cheeseburgers feel right at home.
We Hold These Truths
Around 400 people marched to Idaho State Capitol building as part of the Occupy Wall Street Movement. Some of the signs and messages were about outrage, but not all of the actions were.
Man outside of convention center, getting some time away from the crowded hall.
Milk and a Red Head
Do you hear the music in my head?
Man dancing around the streets of Boise with a box on his head made to look like a stereo.
Song without a Face
Thumb in her jeans
Girl with the Gear Tattoo
A photogenic redhead with both natural and added decorations.
Boys being Boys on the Beach
When the water was closed due to unsafe conditions the boys still found the beach to be a fun playground.
Man taking a break after shopping.
The Cat at the Center of the Universe
Not so silent protest
A protester speaking to the media during a silent protest as part of the Occupy movement.
Watching the Veterans Parade brings back memories
Shot during the Veterans Day Parade in Boise. This observer was standing by himself and looked both respectful and deep in thought.
Hot Fresh Donuts
When you have a woman with a Hello Kitty purse feeding you hot, fresh donuts, you should have more of a smile on your face.
Star Trek has a band?
This high school marching band appears to have the Star Trek Federation symbol on their hats.
Saturday market wallflower
Stealing the Mannequin
Young Artist Making a Small Profit
This lad couldn't keep up with demand. He had been paid for three drawings already when I took his picture. I left him a quarter for the picture and wished him well.
Early season carolers
High school choir group filling the downtown market with sounds of good cheer.
A quick shot in one of my favorite coffee shops in Portland.
Take my religion, please.
The Watchtower front man couldn't find any takers for his Jehovah's Witness magazine during the Black Friday shopping spree.
Portland chef with a corner market on a corner.
Outside the bars, still in prison
Black Friday is darker for some.
The Carnation Kid
He walked around Pioneer Square in Portland holding his carnations like they were his dreams.
Sipping Coffee through a Straw
Cecil had only collected six dollars standing in front of a big department store on Black Friday. He needed $24 to get a room at the hostel for both him and his wife. The night before they had spent on the street.
Seemed a bit out of place with the downtown shoppers on Black Friday.
Doomsday Walking Stick
A homeless man in Portland equipped his walking stick with all the gadgets he needs.
Giving his Bike a Lift
Performer in Pioneer Square taking his bike where his bike won't take him.
Fun in the Fountain!
Girl enjoying the fountain on the Grove in downtown Boise.
Shopping Mall Santa
A happy Santa baby with her mom and dad visiting the Santa Claus at the local shopping mall.
Old Portland Soul
Finger of Index
Pull my finger
Dancing man in the Portland Saturday Market
Can I inspire you to purchase a newspaper?
Getting Natalie Ready for the Dance
Girlfriends apply the glitter to their gal pal.
Art in the Park
Street shot of woman looking through art exhibits in the park
Day dreaming cowboy
Focusing on this guy's beer, that I wanted to drink, created a fun depth of field at this outdoor concert.
Biking in Boise
You have a little something right here...
Husband caring enough to let his wife know there is a little mustard on her face left over from the hot dog vendor.
Soldier on the Bench
Man keeping watch on the downtown streets of Boise.
Model at an art display at the Modern Hotel annual art night.
penny loafer pedals
Preaching to the Empty Seats
Street preacher in Portland has passion, but not much of an audience
I wanna hold your hand
Street photo of a couple in Pike's Place Market in Seattle, shot from the hip.
Street shot, taken from the hip, of a cute couple near Pioneer Square.
Road Work Ahead
Men at Work
Three x Three
Beauty in the Bricks
A lady peeking out from a downtown doorway
Reading at the Crux
Peering over sunglasses
Bike and Spikes
boom box and tip toes
Man and Dog on Boise River
Street photo of a man leaning down to inspect a restaurant menu.
The coffee bar at Stumptown
Homeless man with black eye making the rounds at the Saturday Market
A street with an old time feel
Leaning against the pillars
Another photographer at the Saturday Market in Portland
Abbey Road in Portland
Two men and a baby
Street preacher being ignored
Skaters crossing the bricks
Woman carrying dog across the tracks
Elvis has left the building
Standing on one foot
Dog wearing owner's coat
Taking street photos is a challenging endeavor. A photographer wants to capture life as it is happening but not at the sake of exploiting someone. This line seems fuzzier when you deal with those who actually live on the streets. How do you capture and share their humanity, their condition, without it being degrading? In the case with this individual I was passing right by him. I was struck how he was able to sleep in the daytime, right outside of the food vendor's trailer, while the world passed him by. It also struck me that he may not feel safe to sleep on these same streets at night. Instead of stopping and gawking, I shot the photo from my hip. He was still asleep a half hour later when I walked back by.