Story behind the photograph
Begging for money is a common sight in Sydney these days. Anyone who follows my blog knows I photograph these people often, usually sitting against some wall disconnected from the world around them and hoping for a coin or two. Charity organisation warn against giving money directly to these people and donating to charities, which help the real needy. This was recently highlighted when one of the career beggars revealed he makes $50000 a year.
However, sometimes it is hard to ignore their pleas, especially as in the case of the man photographed here he kneels on the hard pavement in obvious pain and discomfort. Interestingly in this photograph almost everyone has their backs to the man and is walking away. Just a coincidence but makes the photograph a little bit stronger.