Denver Street Photography No. 4
Welcome to Denver street photography; a series from Think Darryl Photography. People have always inspired me; every morning I start my day off by exploring Denver often listening to some great jazz or plugged into the sounds of the city. Some people need coffee to start their day, I'd rather tap into the unlimited amount of energy from my surroundings.
When I posted this photo on Instagram I captioned it as: Treat people like kids treat people, like people.
I was sitting across the street from Sidhe taking a few shots which I'll share at the bottom of this post. I was there for about 30 minutes on the Corner of 16th street and California listening to Sidhe singing and playing to funky banjo music. Of course people were walking by completely ignoring that she existed even though she was singing at the top of her lungs. As I was getting ready to pack up and move on exploring I saw this little girl running down the street pulling her mom towards Sidhe. I switched lenses and began capturing how amazed this little girl was with Sidhe. She was gracefully swaying along to the music when she reached into her purse to get a dollar out to give to Sidhe. I was awestruck what an amazing encounter, this girl didn't see a homeless girl singing for a buck, but saw her for who she was a human in this world and engaged with her.
Are we really that busy that we can't engage with the people around us, our brothers and sisters in this world? I know this sounds preachy, and believe me, I'm the first one to admit I have a lot of work to do here. But seeing this little girl's innocence and unfiltered eyes towards people was so beautiful.
After the girl left Sidhe walked across 16th street to come talk to me. I was sure that she was going to tell me off and that it was rude that I was taking pictures of me - see how judgmental I am, even after this experience. However, she sat down next to me and asked if I got anything good. I said yes, yes I did and showed her a few, she really enjoyed the photos of the little girl. She then told me that so many people take pictures of her, but none of the photographers come and talk to her or ask if she'd like to see a copy. And she politely asked me if I could print a copy for her, and then she made me pinky promise. I now carry the photo of her and the girl hoping I run into Sidhe again.