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kazimkirmani Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2012
While photography is a great way to highlight people's plight and to invoke in the more fortunate ones a sense of emotional bonding with the less fortunate humans and spur in them a desire to act to share their fortune with others.. some of the photos shared in this journal for example are just too harsh. Probably from my point of view, I wouldn't pry on some people misfortune and make it a case of 'ah ha' photography.. so I guess the intent matters too.
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makepictures Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2012
What a fabulous and challenging Journal. Only half way through the comments and looking forward to coming back for more.
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BubbleCloud Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
A great selection (again). :)
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zedkin Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012  Student Photographer
Street-Photography is like holding a mirror into society. With its flaws and goods. Homeless people, are just a result of modern societies.

Taking them out of the frame, is like masking the reality.

Is like excluding civils and wounded from war photography.
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EarthHart Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
How the hell have I missed this. Great journal, Boss :#1: :ahoy:
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LindelCaine Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012
Thank you for this journal, Khuram. The images here touch my heart, imparting how life is for these people.

You've asked for us to share our thoughts,...

When I must photograph people in such hardship, for their privacy, I usually try to show their situation without them being easily recognised. ( Similar to most of the images in this journal. ) In most cases, I try not to show their faces, somehow,- for their dignity, - possibly faces are in shadow or only partly seen. I wish to tell their story, to help their situation if it's possible ( the reason I'd be taking the photo ), but not have them feeling degraded or humiliated in the telling. If they don't want photography, I don't do it, - it's a matter of mutual respect. Compassionate humanity is the thing.

At times, through photography, it's possible to show not only the deprivations of living on the street, but also people's strength in adversity, their humour and mutual support, despite hardship, or how innovative people can be, just to survive. Also, how people struggle to pull themselves and their families up from the poverty of being born, living and dying on the pavement, as many in this world must do, - for example, in India. I've learnt that when people have little materially, dignity and respect are very important to them, sometimes, it's all a person has.

With all photography, ( not only poverty ) I see people as people, my sisters and brothers, I feel empathy, emotions I'd feel if I were in the same situation and they are not an "object" before my lens. Many times, I've seen people or situations that would make a good photograph and because of the "feeling" I've not lifted the camera to my eyes, instead I've just sat and talked with the person or people, often sharing my food with them, believing it's better to be a friend than a photographer. I follow my heart in such situations, though the "photographer" knows I've let photos slip away,... and that's alright with me.
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NunoCanha Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Well, is a debatable theme.
No matter the argument one uses for the discussion, we must never stray from two factors: the truth in photography; and the ethical lines that (should) guide Street Photography.
If one needs impact in a photo by an unnecessary denigrate image of an human being, my humble opinion is that is no longer in the realm of street photography (was not the surrounding that create that person/state) but more in the portrait realm, where the human figure is the important element, or even pj, when fundamented.
Once again in my opinion, spontaneous portraiture/street portraiture/street, call it what you will, must always be guided by ethical lines, always keeping in mind that this line is very thin, and a human being must always be depicted as a King.
Even a bum/beggar can have a royal posture, if you know how to capture it. And there lies the merit of the photographer.
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mixdouble Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Hello...MARX...Khuram...Thank you for your journal...
many roots and branches to this... serious matter...
I will make a few comments here:

Several parties involved: What is meant as most important can change over time…
1 The object/subject…other Person…
2 the artist…street photographer…
3 the work of art…picture…
4 the audience…private…other students/teachers/friends…
5 the audience…public…

Art is a language…Photo is language…like music is…
Street photo: Is like Folk music…raw…
expression of feelings and temper…the whole spectre…world music…
Paparazzi: Like pop…
Documentary…always always subjective…It Answers…who’s the responsibility holder…
News: Always always censored more than once…!
No need to make sign or symbol…if alone… We need each other…

Albert Einstein said:
If you look into a strong microscope…or a strong telescope…
You end up staring at the back of your neck…
What he means:
You and Your machine will influence Your result…As the camera will in photography…

Soren Kirkegaard said:
“If you want “to pull a missionary on me”…(“”my quote)
You must: Get to know me…and my cultural background…
BETTER than me…before you begin…

Peter Lund Madsen: (from lectures): Our 3 brains:
1 Lower…sensory…reflexes… sex…food…power…
2 Middle…emotion… action…reaction… morale…
3 Upper… Creative half and logical half … discussing…predicting… Ethics…

The difference in behavior of the 3 brains…seen at a party:
1-Only Low Brain: A Comodo Varan…comes…eat all food…eat all guests…eat host and hostess…sleeps
2-Low and Middle: A Pig…arrives…Jumps on food…eats farts and burbs…rests…very happy…
All 3: We Humans…start by sucking up to the hostess…to ensure we’re invited again next time…!

Octavio Paz (La Llama Doble)(the Double Flame):
Eros… Object…Your needs and demands…
Love… Subject…The person is set free…
Object becomes Subject…The Street Bum is now a Unique Person…
Not just part in your picture…

A good leader knows how to “talk” on all levels…!
Knows how to bring people up one level at a time…
Knows and respects the time it takes…to change level…

Session:
Low brain scans: “No immediate threats …This is important…so…Keep going”…
Middle brain whispers: “Can you believe this…?! Take picture…now…now”…
logical half upper brain: “There seems to be…possibly numerous…explanations…to this”…
creative half upper brain: “Look…look”…!
Logic: “Do you need me to take part in this search for pictures…Or can I leave it to you all”…? “when you need serious matters digested…You call on me”…
Creative: “Ok…Go…WE…are Working”…!
Low brain: “No threats…Go on…did you get it”…?!
Middle brain: “Breaks my hart…to think that…this could have been me”…
Creative upper brain:“Well it’s not…can we push the button… or…
or shall we stop being a photographer…and just bee human”…?!
Stop session…

Drawing: EMPTY canvas/paper…include what you want…
pick personally…bee subjective…
You are responsible for content…and will bee judged with your work…

Photography: ALL is there…now exclude what you don’t want in picture…
Select point of view…(perspective)…
focal length…(viewing angle)…
depth of field…(sharpness range/blur)
treatment of colour…light…
You are the responsible…But…this can bee…not so obvious…
Reality can move in…Motif may take the lead…Run with the story…
Photography can bee “seen as true story”…not as a picture…not as art…
But you ARE the leader of this picture session…
So: “Which of your brains…takes this picture”…is the leader…?!

Greetings Jakob.
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NoirWood Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012  Professional Photographer
I suppose it all depends on the photographer. Is she/he going to profit by exploiting another person's misery? If the photographer's intention is to convey awareness from the image, then I say that's okay, unless it's a quick snapshot for cheap laughs, then that's not okay.
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fuxs Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
It saddens me immensely. And thank you for the feature, Lawrence!
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