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L0n3Gr3yW0lf

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Not the best street images, just taking advantage of an opportunity and the weather went from pretty bad to pretty worse:
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ILCE-7C    E 28-200mm F2.8-5.6 A071    173mm    f/5.6    1/1000s    ISO 800

"The house on top of the hill"

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ILCE-7C    E 28-200mm F2.8-5.6 A071    92mm    f/4.5    1/500s    ISO 800

"The hotdog shack"

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ILCE-7C    E 28-200mm F2.8-5.6 A071    28mm    f/2.8    1/500s    ISO 2500

"It's so not allowed in there that grass grew"

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ILCE-7C    E 28-200mm F2.8-5.6 A071    53mm    f/3.5    1/500s    ISO 500

"Autumn colors and autumn attire"

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ILCE-7C    E 28-200mm F2.8-5.6 A071    70mm    f/4.0    1/500s    ISO 640

"Cutting shortcuts through tunnels"

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ILCE-7C    E 28-200mm F2.8-5.6 A071    110mm    f/4.5    1/500s    ISO 320

"Bright colors"

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ILCE-7C    E 28-200mm F2.8-5.6 A071    39mm    f/3.2    1/500s    ISO 250

"Hitting the street"

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ILCE-7C    E 28-200mm F2.8-5.6 A071    200mm    f/8.0    1/200s    ISO 200

"Rising above the houses"

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ILCE-7C    E 28-200mm F2.8-5.6 A071    99mm    f/8.0    1/200s    ISO 500

"What a sharp corner"

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ILCE-7C    E 28-200mm F2.8-5.6 A071    44mm    f/8.0    1/200s    ISO 800

"The old house"

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ILCE-7C    E 28-200mm F2.8-5.6 A071    72mm    f/8.0    1/200s    ISO 1000

"Caught"

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ILCE-7C    E 28-200mm F2.8-5.6 A071    155mm    f/8.0    1/200s    ISO 2000

"Through the doors"

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ILCE-7C    E 28-200mm F2.8-5.6 A071    30mm    f/5.6    1/200s    ISO 1600

"Rusty"

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ILCE-7C    E 28-200mm F2.8-5.6 A071    200mm    f/5.6    1/200s    ISO 1250

"Reaction"

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ILCE-7C    E 28-200mm F2.8-5.6 A071    49mm    f/3.5    1/200s    ISO 125

"Getting wet"

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ILCE-7C    E 28-200mm F2.8-5.6 A071    28mm    f/2.8    1/200s    ISO 640

"Pouring down"

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ILCE-7C    E 28-200mm F2.8-5.6 A071    28mm    f/2.8    1/200s    ISO 160

"Barbershop"

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ILCE-7C    E 28-200mm F2.8-5.6 A071    60mm    f/4.0    1/200s    ISO 1250

"The red door"

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ILCE-7C    E 28-200mm F2.8-5.6 A071    110mm    f/4.5    1/200s    ISO 2000

"The last thing my camera saw before the wave sweep me home"
 

L0n3Gr3yW0lf

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ILCE-7C    E 28-200mm F2.8-5.6 A071    200mm    f/10.0    1/100s    ISO 640

"Decay"

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ILCE-7C    E 28-200mm F2.8-5.6 A071    200mm    f/5.6    1/500s    ISO 100

"Unstoppable Life"

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ILCE-7C    E 28-200mm F2.8-5.6 A071    76mm    f/8.0    1/500s    ISO 160

"A House, imagining of a 3-year-old"

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ILCE-7C    E 28-200mm F2.8-5.6 A071    103mm    f/5.6    1/500s    ISO 100

"Pigeondemic"
 

Will Focus

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ILCE-7RM2    24-70mm F2.8 DG DN | Art 019    70mm    f/2.8    1/8000s    ISO 1600


The sign "Any thing helps" may be difficult to read. This is mind boggling to me. I get that there is a mental health problem in this country and many homeless are the product of some type of mental health issue. What I can't get passed is this town, for the most part, is relatively affluent. Although Traverse City probably has more than their share of well to do ,the predominant demographic is middle to upper middle class. Add to that it is impossible to drive down any street in this town without seeing help wanted signs for unskilled positions starting at $20.00 an hour. Employers are literally begging people to come to work. How is it then that someone like this can't be helped or help himself off the street? He managed to get a better winter coat than I have! I have a hard time determining if I should feel sorry or angry, but everytime I see someone like this on a corner I have a Whiskey Tango Foxtrot moment. There's too much money and resources in this town for a guy like this to fall through the cracks, and if he is a scammer there are plenty of open beds for him with three squares a day as well.

I have to wonder how many people call the number on the Christmas Lights Installation sign while ignoring the "Any thing helps" sign this apparently homeless man is holding.
 
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L0n3Gr3yW0lf

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The sign "Any thing helps" may be difficult to read. This is mind boggling to me. I get that there is a mental health problem in this country and many homeless are the product of some type of mental health issue. What I can't get passed is this town, for the most part, is relatively affluent. Although Traverse City probably has more than their share of well to do ,the predominant demographic is middle to upper middle class. Add to that it is impossible to drive down any street in this town without seeing help wanted signs for unskilled positions starting at $20.00 an hour. Employers are literally begging people to come to work. How is it then that someone like this can't be helped or help himself off the street? He managed to get a better winter coat than I have! I have a hard time determining if I should feel sorry or angry, but everytime I see someone like this on a corner I have a Whiskey Tango Foxtrot moment. There's too much money and resources in this town for a guy like this to fall through the cracks, and if he is a scammer there are plenty of open beds for him with three squares a day as well.

I have to wonder how many people call the number on the Christmas Lights Installation sign while ignoring the "Any thing helps" sign this apparently homeless man is holding.
I don't know how the USA is but in the UK without a valid address no one is allowed to hire you legally and quite a lot of places that have cheap rent won't allow you to rent if you don't have a job ... catch 22 isn't it ... enough to be scared s"%$less every day as an immigrant because I don't have anyone to turn to if s$&^ hits the fan. The other side of the problem is who is going to hire someone that does not have access to daily hygiene and clean clothes. And if you have mental health or even basic health problems that limit's functionality or productivity as an individual most jobs won't last very long either (because of my anxiety of strangers and especially the opposite sex I can't work in pubs, restaurants, bars, etc)
 

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The sign "Any thing helps" may be difficult to read. This is mind boggling to me. I get that there is a mental health problem in this country and many homeless are the product of some type of mental health issue. What I can't get passed is this town, for the most part, is relatively affluent. Although Traverse City probably has more than their share of well to do ,the predominant demographic is middle to upper middle class. Add to that it is impossible to drive down any street in this town without seeing help wanted signs for unskilled positions starting at $20.00 an hour. Employers are literally begging people to come to work. How is it then that someone like this can't be helped or help himself off the street? He managed to get a better winter coat than I have! I have a hard time determining if I should feel sorry or angry, but everytime I see someone like this on a corner I have a Whiskey Tango Foxtrot moment. There's too much money and resources in this town for a guy like this to fall through the cracks, and if he is a scammer there are plenty of open beds for him with three squares a day as well.

I have to wonder how many people call the number on the Christmas Lights Installation sign while ignoring the "Any thing helps" sign this apparently homeless man is holding.

Instead of surmising and pondering what his problem is from a distance with a lens, if it's important enough to you, maybe instead of generalizing to try to make pieces fit a puzzle, why not go up to him and simply ask him, "Hey, buddy! What's your story?" Maybe you might have some tips for his particular hard luck case. That would be more help than he's gotten from Traverse City.
Hate to say this, but everything can be called collateral damage when you're 10,000 ft from above.
 

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I don't know how the USA is but in the UK without a valid address no one is allowed to hire you legally and quite a lot of places that have cheap rent won't allow you to rent if you don't have a job ... catch 22 isn't it ... enough to be scared s"%$less every day as an immigrant because I don't have anyone to turn to if s$&^ hits the fan. The other side of the problem is who is going to hire someone that does not have access to daily hygiene and clean clothes. And if you have mental health or even basic health problems that limit's functionality or productivity as an individual most jobs won't last very long either (because of my anxiety of strangers and especially the opposite sex I can't work in pubs, restaurants, bars, etc)
Ya, not having a home address is a difficult thing to overcome once someone becomes homeless and tries to get a job.

And yes, businesses are not (unless they are actual charities) there to make money. If you have an employee that turns away customers or fellow coworkers, that is a problem.

There are some resources and some temporary housing that can get people back into work but then some folks are just not able to hold a job. Supporting these charities helps a lot but some just don't want to be helped.

It's complicated and not an easy fix.
 
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L0n3Gr3yW0lf

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ILCE-7C    E 28-200mm F2.8-5.6 A071    61mm    f/4.0    1/5s    ISO 4000

"The wait"

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ILCE-7C    E 28-200mm F2.8-5.6 A071    38mm    f/3.2    1/25s    ISO 1250

"Next stop is ..."

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ILCE-7C    E 28-200mm F2.8-5.6 A071    96mm    f/4.5    1/10s    ISO 25600

"Pitstop?"
 

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