(If you follow my regular line of work, please ignore this small diversion as I branch out into a new venue temporarily)
These images are for deviantART’s IdeAS 2005
Photojournalism contest, with the July-Sept theme/s being ”Liberty, Equality, Fraternity.”
You may explore any or all three of the themes.
For my entries to the contest I have chosen a series of images I took on Easter Sunday at the Midnight Mission
, located on Skid Row in Downtown Los Angeles. A large Easter breakfast was being served to all the homeless people, and many celebrities were on hand to help out their fellow man. I chose images containing both the famous and the homeless, to emphasize both Equality and Fraternity. I didn’t title any of the photos because it has always been my opinion that in good photojournalistic images a title tends to ‘color’ the piece, rather than let the viewer draw his or her own conclusions.
Mr. T. (of A-Team fame) has been a born-again Christian since the onset of cancer over 10 years ago. Although the Midnight Mission is not a religious organization, Mr. T. feels it is his Christian duty to help his fellow man. He spent the day hugging, shaking hands, signing autographs and talking to people, reminding them to ‘keep the faith.’ He had forgone his usual gold chains for the day, and instead had opted for a plain multi-colored wooden cross.
At one point during the morning I saw him standing with a young homeless man who is enrolled in the Mission’s Recovery Program, stopping what he was doing to pray with him. I was lucky enough to get the shot before the prayer was over.
Other Notes: I donated a special print of this image, entitled “A Prayer from Mr. T”
that now hangs on the Mission Walls as an inspiration to its residents. (You can see the specially modified version here: [link]
Selectively desaturated prints aren’t allowed in this contest, which is why I have chosen to submit this cropped version of the original instead.)