I drove into Atlanta with a friend of mine last Saturday morning. Our mission was to take pictures of the Kodak camera shop on historic Ponce de Leon Avenue, long abandoned before Kodak’s well publicized bankruptcy. After locating the deserted building, we circled around until finding that the only place to park was at the Krispy Creme Doughnut Shop on the intersection diagonal to the Kodak building. We arrived in time to witness a loud dispute between an upset street person and a man who looked like a regular customer, who seemed familiar with the other man’s behavior. Somehow our arrival in the parking lot only inflamed the situation, and the man turned his sites on me and my friend and gave chase. One snapshot later, a missing “K” in Kodak, a scramble to my car and a silent plea to the upset man that,”we’re on your side, really,” I stepped on the gas, adrenaline pumping, and we drove away in silence. Our Saturday morning photo shoot had gone so terribly wrong, and our unintended confrontation with a troubled soul left us both sad and wondering how to help solve the world’s many problems.
I’m posting my one photograph taken that morning of illumination, which is both beautiful and inspirational, as well as a spotlight to those who are living a life of struggle.