It’s spring and I’m blind

In the series ‘It’s spring, and I’m blind’ Ruud Sies aims his camera with a mixture of compassion and professional curiosity at the lower strata of American society, the homeless attempting to survive on the streets.

He takes close-up photographs of them in sober black and white. The persons themselves remain anonymous. We see a segment of sidewalk, sometimes a few personal possessions or a dog. Only the texts on the signs that appeal to the generosity of passers-by are shown. By means of personal messages they vie for attention.

A basic instinctive form of communication to which common laws of advertising nevertheless apply.