ruddy roye photography

Revealing the reflections of my eyeball…. Radcliffe Roye is a Brooklyn based documentary photographer specializing in editorial and environmental portraits and photo-journalism photography. A photographer with over thirteen years of experience, Radcliffe is inspired by the raw and gritty lives of grass-roots people, especially those of his homeland of Jamaica. Radcliffe strives to tell the stories of their victories and ills by bringing their voices to matte fibre paper.


September 14, 2014
“Songs of Solomon”

Truth is a funny thing. If you are open, it comes from the most unlikely of sources. Everyone who follows me knows by now, I question race relations or economic classes. This morning while walking from breakfast I happened upon a man sleeping on a park step in Chinatown. The first  thing I saw was the word bellowing boldly above his head as he napped. I started to frame the image and like a Mimosa Pudica waking up, he opened his eyes and looked up at me. Michael smiled when I pointed out why I was photographing him.
“I too believe Art is everywhere, so I get you,” he said wiping the sleep from his eyes.
We then went on a rant, pointing fingers as to who the word “who” was referring to. We both pointed fingers at “the man” who we agreed was responsible for keeping the poor underfoot.
But then he said something that really caught me off guard. He looked up to the sky and said,
“The Almighty, however, is my who. He is the who that is going to change my circumstances. When I first came here I didn’t see the words, but I can see now why my spirit would have guided me here. I look for Art everywhere in this city, too, just like you,” he said smiling, his coffee coloured teeth proudly grinning. I was not expecting that God piece at all. “Amen” was the word that crossed my mind after he spoke. I walked to the car just a block away to get him some change, he at least deserved my tithe for the month.  When I returned in less than three minutes, Michael was gone, his words still hanging on the wind like wet clothes drying in my mind. #oggl_ig #nyc #streetportrait #streetphotography #makeportrait #makeportraits #igers #instamood #webstagram #sonyr100 (at Chinatown Manhattan Bridge)
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