homeless woman in tenderloin
san francisco
march, 2006

homeless geraldine from new york panhandling on the sidewalk. her eyes are bright red and irritated. as i kneeled, a passing homeless man mumbled "she's in bad shape man". indeed, people were clearly trying to avoid her.

geraldine seems to have number of things going on in her head at once. when addressed, she responds, but typically includes numerous additional trains of thought. when asked if i could take her picture, "yes. yes you can."

when asked about herself she describes herself in one moment as an actress ("wuthering heights" actress geraldine fitzgerald), in a another moment as "a whore", and in another moment, otherwise.

when asked, she says she had one friend. but she lost him and doesn't know where he is.

Memo Vasquez says: Sad! :(( -- 03:27AM, March 28, 2006.
JPuck says: And yet again stoneth, extrordinary. -- 03:28AM, March 28, 2006.
AndroidParanoid says: Wtf!Do we need explanations? Superb ;) -- 03:28AM, March 28, 2006.
TjF Photography says: You & your camera are magic...Your pics are worth more than a thousand words. -- 03:54AM, March 28, 2006.
simonella_virus says: holy shit, Stoneth!!! i've looked through all of your pics, one-by-one, and i'm honestly beyond words. these people are beautiful beyond any super model. these people are the faces of... God! -- 04:03AM, March 28, 2006.
Suspicion says: I agree with the others...this is a truly remarkable photo. The pain and yet hope of this woman's life comes through clearly....unforgettable. -- 04:20AM, March 28, 2006.
Lindsey.Booth says: her shirt's on backwards -- 04:25AM, March 28, 2006.
uomolibero17 says: once again you caught deepest essence of this person, great job -- 04:39AM, March 28, 2006.
> Josean < says: Wow! Superb!! -- 05:40AM, March 28, 2006.
Memaxmarz says: This portrait is the hardest one for me to view, yet you've caught her essence, it shows in her eyes. -- 05:52AM, March 28, 2006.
4PIZON says: stoneth, just when I think you cant do any better, a new shot comes along. One after another. I agree with all the previous comments. One funny note, moxie3, that was the first thing I saw. Great shot. ps. book? Come on man, need a financial backer? -- 07:19AM, March 28, 2006.
exhibitj says: Another stunner shot! I guess admirers of your work would love to see a moasic of these people! -- 08:39AM, March 28, 2006.
simplprs says: Can I say AGAIN that when you publish a book send me a copy instantly. Cant express the enormity of the expressions that you capture so eloquently. thank you very much... -- 10:02AM, March 28, 2006.
Therapystudio says: Your pictures are definitely getting better and better. Aren't there any young homeless people in SF? Most of your pictures seem to be of older people. -- 11:34AM, March 28, 2006.
gwennie2006 says: Wonderful photo! Your portaiture work is truly stunning. -- 03:30PM, March 28, 2006.
Logtar says: Powerful (321) -- 04:53PM, March 28, 2006.
_Drugo says: very sad but your work is great there's almost a Dragan touch in this portrait (321) -- 05:04PM, March 28, 2006.
ESOX LUCIUS says: A very touching portrait! (3-2-1) -- 05:17PM, March 28, 2006.
foto amazonas says: great shot. your lighting/contrast is wonderful. -- 05:40PM, March 28, 2006.
patrick wilken says: remarkable image. when i first looked at it i have to admit i was angry as i thought you took the photo without her permission, in some way whoring off her vulnerability, but then i read your text and realized my mistaken presumption, and that actually you are letting her be seen when all around avoid looking. thanks. 3-2-1 -- 06:05PM, March 28, 2006.
catfully says: realy amazing and so sad to look at.. wow -- 03:12PM, March 29, 2006.
teenage jesus says: great portrait... human, sad, touching. Great. -- 04:20PM, March 29, 2006.
BlackLove says: Why do I love all portraits you make? Oh, this one has sadness in his eyes, despite of being smiled. Good... -- 07:25PM, March 29, 2006.
A i t h n e says: neat work and excellent expression! -- 01:11AM, March 30, 2006.
Sandi Marie says: Very powerful image, and story to go with it! Excellent Photography! -- 01:37AM, March 30, 2006.
Alvaro Herreras says: A story and an image, both are amazing, superb. -- 01:00PM, March 30, 2006.
Reportergimmi says: incredible! -- 05:37PM, March 30, 2006.
Glauka[deleted] says: Tremenda. Sorry, this is the first word that came to my mind when I saw this picture, and I can't find the correct traslation. Anyway, I can say it's fantastic, stunning, magistral. -- 11:34PM, March 30, 2006.
EricAdmms says: despair personified -- 07:28AM, March 31, 2006.
k a r m a k o r d says: wow, profound. -- 10:03AM, March 31, 2006.
sunshineband says: I've run out of words to praise your work. Thanks again for sharing it. -- 03:28PM, March 31, 2006.
G@! says: It's an incredible portrait. Terrific. I really love it! -- 06:34PM, March 31, 2006.
Paul Zollo says: Your portraits persist in being astoundingly astounding. You tune into that saddest music of humanity to which so many turn a deaf ear - that derailed deranged scraggly smile - the trains on so many tracks at once, as you write in your street poetry about her- your compassion in seeking her permission honors her and all of us. really amazing work. -- 07:04AM, April 02, 2006.
kavehkhkh says: I love your detail and "lack" of optical contrast. This one is so powerful although I love most of the others too! -- 06:11AM, April 04, 2006.
Norma Desmond says: totally humbled by your work -- 08:08AM, April 04, 2006.
./Eli says: you are my new favorite photographer, man. this would make a great alternate "Old Navy" ad -- 06:49PM, April 04, 2006.
cinnamon. says: interesting story and great portrait.she's got so deep look... -- 11:21PM, April 04, 2006.
Navelfluff says: Excellent and yet so sad portrait. -- 10:33PM, April 12, 2006.
inspired12 says: man your portraits are mesmerizing. you deserve recognition. -- 05:44AM, April 14, 2006.
Dennis Hayes IV says: Man, I know its not geraldine fitzgerald the actual actress because she passed away last summer but she does have a striking resemblence in the nose and chin and a lil bit in the eyes. check out her photo on imdb.com www.imdb.com/gallery/mptv/1154/Mptv/1154/0974_0802.jpg?pa..., Geraldine (I) -- 07:50PM, April 28, 2006.
GaryBrownePhotography says: You are truly a master of your craft-well done -- 11:21AM, April 29, 2006.
locamotion says: Incredible portrait. It was Ronald Reagan, I believe, when he was governor of California, who, for "budgetary reasons", closed all the mental institutions where geraldine could have received some help. -- 05:50PM, May 26, 2006.
~ Snowpea ~ says: Poor thing... she actually looks a bit like a really aged and messed up Tom Baker (one of the previous Dr Who incarnations) -- 05:44PM, July 26, 2006.
pshisbey says: You said it locamotion; instead of funding mental institutions for these people we're funding a war for oil in the middle east. -- 02:44AM, May 06, 2008.