Caught out

Caen, Normandie in France.

While visiting the city which turned out to be their market day, I saw this homeless man begging in front of a fish and chip market stall. Quite amusing character, I thought I’d take a few shots. Just as I framed up, suddenly he turned and put his hands up as I pressed the shutter. Thinking I had been caught trying to get a candid street image, the real reason become apparent, as behind me was a couple of police officers standing there looking at him.


I don’t know what the French law says about begging on the street, but just after he moved on. My wife and I later saw him in a different location in the city and she gave him some change.

Taken on a Leica M4-2, Summicron 50mm f/2 lens with my Weston Master V meter on Kodak Tri-X film and developed in Kodak D76 for stock for 8 minutes at 24ºc.

Always Unseen

Homeless man in Rue Hamon, Caen, France.
Most of the homeless in France I have observed seem to be older people, unlike here in the United Kingdom where it’s most homeless people are of younger generation.
Seeing the reflection in the shop window, and catching the passerby oblivious to the man sitting on the pavement, made for great street photography picture.

Taken on a Leica M4-2, Summicron 50mm f/2 lens on Kodak Tri-X film.