Who Will Buy?
There is a great pathos here. This is one portrait that I almost wish that I had not taken. It evokes a strong sense of pity in me, and in a way that’s not what I want to feel. I don’t want to take a photo because I might pity someones life: that I might pity this man.
Pity is a natural feeling and it should prompt me to action, because I care.
The result is that I feel that I’ve taken advantage of this man, that I have used him….. to make my photo….that I can claim to have made an aesthetic statement at the expense of this man…..makes me feel guilty.