Capturing street poverty

Capturing street poverty can be a balancing act.

You need to show both humanity and a sense of the personal story behind a portrait. However, you also want a dramatic and powerful image.

In this case, a street beggar was huddled underneath a market stall to shield himself from the harsh midday sunlight in Marrakech. It is obvious he is both undernourished and possibly in bad health. To portray the sense of despair it can be more powerful to either develop the image in mono or strip away colour leaving the content to tell the story. Here I focussed on the brown colours of his clothing and used this as the colour cue for the rest of the image.

David