I like it. It's the Zara bag and the lottery ticket(?) providing the contrast. For me it says "There but for the grace of God..." There's a few feet separating them, but culturally a lot more. But it's still only a few feet...
Bah - I'm terrible at explaining myself sometimes. Should just hit the like button and be done. Not today though
Can't see from my phone if the child is holding a lottery ticket too @Kodiak Qc but Zara is a high end UK department store so I think the image depicts the two different walks of life these two people are living
Like Ian said - Zara is an expensive shop and the lottery ticket (that's what I imagine it is whether that's the case or not) says that the youngster is from an affluent background which is in contrast to the guy selling the Big Issue (which is a magazine sold by the homeless). The fact the image was titled "Zara" and introduced with the phrase "Big Issue not selling" suggests our photographer knew that - which means (s)he was telling a story that I "got". This is the kind of street photography that has meaning for me. Too many photos of people on phones around today.
This proves without any doubt that photography is a
communication medium. Its purpose and value are all
dependant on the photographer's story telling and on
the viewer's connection with the culture the photo-
graph wants to convey.
Oh how I wish I had seen an image like this.
It would be a dream to show and discuss at a Club.
Nonetheless, every comment to date provides an insight.
For me, the faceless subject compared to the averted gaze, the distance and separation of culture, and the physical value difference.
So much, so divided, yet so subtle.