Here is a link to my Final Concentration set: Condition and Character
1. My concentration focuses on the condition and character of the less fortunate through black and white documentary photography. I took photos in urban areas around downtown Phoenix, AZ.
2. 1 shows a man digging through trash to find his next meal and 2 focuses on a beggar outside a parade. Together, the photos use negative space to reveal isolation experienced by the less fortunate. 3 captures a street performer on the way to his stage, using unique perspective to identify an important object and add depth to the frame. Similarly, 4 shows a battle-tested, homeless woman named Theresa, and uses standard portrait framing to draw attention to her genuine happiness. 5 and 6 contrast each other by exposing the harsh conditions of both winter and summer using selective focusing and unique angling. 7 emphasizes the struggle that walking is for one man using a strategically limited frame of reference. 8 uses negative space differently than 1 and 2 to show the man looking forward in life. 9 and 10 bring two photos together to convey a deeper concept. The former is of Manuel and his good luck charm at a homeless shelter. The latter showcases Breezy’s artwork that doubles as her method of begging. 11 selectively focuses on the gunshot wound that changed Albert’s life and body. Lastly, 12 is Jamar’s version of a GQ cover shoot in which he posed and explained his struggles as a homeless African American.