Saturday, 28 February 2009

Robert Rideout is one of those true characters you find in every city around the world. Robert survives by recycling other peoples laziness. He travels the streets of the city from the hottest days of the summer to the coldest nights of the winter. He picks up and recycles beverage containers, bringing them in his shopping cart to the ridiculously out of the way government recycling centres.

I have allot of respect for Robert and others like him who make a living out of our lack of respect for the environment and our laziness.

It is not easy pushing that basket up the hills of St. John's. Maybe someone with a pickup will occasionally offer to help Robert deliver his treasure the 5km to the Green Depot.

"Sony R1, ISO 160, f/3.2, 40/10 sec. on a tripod but his eyes are blurry from blinking.

Thank you Robert.

Tuesday, 24 February 2009

Marilyn, always a dramatic dresser with the wildest collection of Go-Go Boots and Animal Print Fur coats.

She is usually seen around downtown St. John's pleasantly striking up small talk with passersby or cursing the deamons of her daydreams. She is a wild and precious person who thankfully receives support and the concerns of us all.

Try to save a little spare change for her, and always save her some dignity. There but for the grace of God goes all of us or our family members.

Camera: SONY DSC-R1, ISO 160, 1/1000 s at f/4.8, exp +0.3, no flash, Converted to Mono in Photoshop CS2.

Photo is #244 of 244 shot of the subject that day.

Photo by Robert Young:

Monday, 23 February 2009

Thank God for Characters in our lives.
St. John's is at the end of the world. We are leaning out into the North Atlantic, hugging the wet rocks and praying for 'nice day. People who live here are resilient and out going...Characters.
I love people and love photographing people.
It is my great pleasure to get to know these people and photograph them in my humble way.
Hopefully you feel that I do them justice.
Thank God for Characters in our lives.