Before photographer Max de Barbanson took these pictures of the homeless in Maastricht, the Netherlands, he was out on the streets, in a day – and night care facilities, meeting them. Listening to their stories, getting to know them. He didn’t want to photograph them with a needle in their arm or a bottle in their hand but show them as human beings. So at some point, after half a year, he put up a “fieldstudio” in the daycare facility. Whoever came in and wanted to pose, was photographed. Just one click so these portraits are a recording of that encounter on that particular moment. He used a 4×5 inch colorslide. Normal lens.
Max continued the Homeless project in Mali. He met the people in the streets. They were all without any shelter, no family or fellow villager/townsman. As always, he used a normal lens so he had to be close to them. Max made a little talk and asked them if he could take their picture. And like in Maastricht, only one click for each encounter on that particular moment. All pictures are plain analogue pictures, no photoshop or lightroom.