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Ted Szukalski

Gallery of fine art photography.

Homeless woman with a can of Jim Beam


There is not a lot to be said for this scene of a homeless woman with her bags and a can of Jim Beam.

In a recent conversation with a social worker I was told that many beggars will not accept food or any other form of help but money because they are either addicted to drugs or alcohol.

Perhaps it is not the case here and she is enjoying her can of JB as many of us enjoy a beer for lunch.



This photograph of a drunk, homeless man may put you in a very uncomfortable position. I was not sure if I should take the photograph in the first place but in the end decided to “cover” his eyes for some anonymity.

What compelled me to take this photograph is a dilemma facing many people, who feel for the homeless and their plea for help. It is not unusual to see them with a simple sign “I’m hungry”. So, many people will drop that silver or gold coin into their box.

Many homeless will buy food, but even more will do what this man did – buy alcohol and get totally drunk. Often I see a whole group of them around railway station with the beer bottles in their hands.

I think the money would be better spend if people would donate them to charities, which look after the homeless. At least then you know some good will come out of it.