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 twelve 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.

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It’s still poetry month, so while editing images last night for an upcoming feature on the homeless I found this image in my outtake folder. At the time it didn’t meet the cut but last night I found words for it, and as it travelled down the birth canal, it took its crown before being pushed on this virtual page.

April 16, 2014
“What do you See”
(Unfinished, Unedited). When you see him, do you see me.
His stagger, his trifling stench,
Do you hear his slurring words
Or do you only see him
when he occupies your park bench.
When you see him, do you see me 
His clothes, his second hand shoes,
Do you see the white chalk
of hungry 
anchored at the corner of his mouth,
Or are you still confused.
When you see him do you see me
Do you hide from
a face as tough as the New York streets
Or a gum filled mouth
missing all his wisdom teeth
Are you happy he wears your clothes
Or that he lives through your eyes
Or do you watch him switch from 
garbage to recycling can as he browses looking for a prize
When you see him, do you see me
A caged Lion who has lost his pride, 
wandering about the “Reserve” lost,
because everything has been
Gentrified
Does it make you smile
When you drop a quarter in his cup
Do you feel anything at all
When you ignore his plea for food
By answering with a head nod and a watsup?
When you see him, do you see me
Because misfortune’s  ditch is very wide
Today we are on top of the world
But then all roller coaster do stop
With “this is the end of the ride” (at People’s Republic of Brooklyn)
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