Photo by myself at the DeKalb subway station, in Brooklyn.
A homeless woman stood on the subway platform Wednesday night, with all her belongings.
A large bag patched with duct tape hung from her shoulder. A small plastic bag at the front of her cart carried some bananas. The woman was hunched over and glared at passersby.
I took a photo of her from a subway car that was just departing. The doors of the subway closed and we went on our way. Inside, commuters were entranced by their electronic devices. The contrast between what society is capable of and reality was striking.
This was the second time I've seen this woman. I promise myself (and all of you out there) to approach her the next time, but it can be tricky.
There is a fellow who pretty much lives on one of the lower levels of the 59th Street subway, for instance. I've approached him with food, only to be waved angrily away.
There is no guarantee that approaches are welcomed, and with subway tracks nearby, one should exercise care.
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