We get a lot of photos now. People send them to us because, apparently, it’s clear that we like them. Some are unintentionally funny, a big, fleshy finger across mid-frame, or the composition disrupted and a-kilter – as if the picture had been taken in the middle of a 7.2 quake.
Bobcats. Butterflies. Baseball games. Breaking news shots. And then, occasionally, a series of moments from someone’s life.
Sometimes they’re pretty. Sometimes they’re not.
This photo set came from a local person who has taken to chronicling the comings and goings of an unsettled, troubled subset of the population crisscrossing their neighborhood – sometimes passively and without attracting attention, sometimes acting out.
While many choose to look away, to ignore the ignorable, perhaps to console themselves by saying “someone will take care of him” or “he’ll move along” one resident chose to highlight the actions of one neighborhood visitor and to document that interaction.
In this instance the photographer snapped the picture of a frequent neighborhood visitor after sensing their anger and wanting to see how it went. To encapsulate: One of the “invisibles” arrived on scene carrying food; proceeded to throw said food into a passing convertible; retired to a nearby bus shelter for a rest; and is subsequently contacted by a police officer and taken away on unspecified charges or, possibly, a psychiatric evaluation.
We know some will challenge such a presentation, saying they don’t want to see such things. Others may want to, preferring to know what many are facing on a daily basis.