Phoneography Challenge: Black & White

The third Monday of the month challenge from Lens and Pens by Sally is black and white.  I was in downtown Orlando in January on another Monday holiday and took this photo in front of City Hall.  The following is an excerpt taken from an article in the Orlando Sentinel on July 23, 2013 by Scott Maxwell:

…Florida officials celebrated news that the state’s homeless population is shrinking.

But not in Central Florida.

Here, it is on the rise.

Yes, the same Council on Homelessness report that found a 17 percent drop statewide cited a 29 percent increase in Orange County.

***

And a 50 percent increase over the last five years.

iPhone5; Fotor B&W Greyscale

iPhone5; Fotor B&W Greyscale

iPhone5; Fotor B&W Ruined Wall

iPhone5; Fotor B&W Ruined Wall

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27 comments on “Phoneography Challenge: Black & White

  1. Jackie says:

    What a sad fact that is! 😦

  2. I like them both, but the second is so apt for your commentary. It’s like looking through a window of life, and seeing one aspect of the human condition. Well done. Happy Phoneography Monday.

  3. DG MARYOGA says:

    It’s so sad,Linda .That’s an alarming increase and you have so efficiently rendered the issue with your detailed B/W images.Interesting treatment in the 2nd one and in accordance with your subject.Unfortunately,that’s the other side of the coin … my friend. Have a nice week !
    Doda

  4. Dawn says:

    Beautiful treatment of the topic – the second image looks like you drew it from a history book. How sad we are busy repeating history…

  5. A sad story. But because of the nature of your message, I prefer a more factual image, that is #1. 🙂

  6. Angeline M says:

    Black and White definitely adds to the feeling in these photos on this sad subject. I worked with homeless in Orange County, California, for several years and their day to day lives are unbelievable and difficult.

    • Bless you Angeline. I find it extremely difficult to relate to their lives as I’ve never really been subjected to it. It’s sad and it’s a condemning commentary. I’ll stop there before I begin ranting a political diatribe…! Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

  7. Amar Naik says:

    that is a sad statistics. hopefully the county officials can act soon to close those gaps.

  8. FireBonnet says:

    I like the way weliveinaflat looks at it. A more factual image is well suited to the report. My brother is homeless, and lives in snow country no less (Longmont, CO). It is a very complicated story for many of the homeless.

  9. Imelda says:

    How sad.
    Your photo captured a homeless’ persons feelings. Did they intentionally hide themselves behind the sheets or was the coverage incidental? Makes me wonder.

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