What is the definition of being poor? Apparently these days it’s not owning a flat screen TV. A local television station recently ran a promo for their holiday season charity program of providing for ‘disadvantaged’ and ‘needy’ local families whose apparent ‘need’ included piles of toys, electronics, and of course, the ubiquitous flat screen TV. So western society has evolved to the point where, along with food, water and shelter, we now consider a flat screen to be a basic need. Yay!
I’m not going to rant any more about Christmas consumerism and over-consumption than this, but if you are looking for an alternative this year and would like to help someone who is truly in need, Nicholas Kristof of the New York Times has compiled a good list of small charitable organizations that could use your help.
It was about 8:30 at night when I saw this man standing alone in Martin Place, part of Sydney’s business district. He stood there for almost two minutes watching the news ticker, giving me plenty of time to make some quick settings adjustments on my camera and get off several shots. For you camera geeks, this was shot hand-held with an ISO of 3200. Click on the image for a larger view.