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Exactly four weeks ago, just before the threat of Coronavirus started to gather pace in the U.K, we enjoyed a weekend in the beautiful city of York. Here, in the Stonegate, a rather opulent shopping street of restaurants, pubs, coffee shops and high class jewellers, most of the people were happily milling around, socialising and enjoying themselves. Of course, by now, all these people should be isolating themselves in their own homes, only venturing outdoors to buy essential food items and always practising "social distancing", keeping themselves at least two metres away from any other human being.

But what of the poor homeless man, here sitting in the doorway of a closed shop clutching an old sleeping bag which appeared to be his only possession other than a cigarette? How will he manage to obey government guidelines and how will he stay safe?

I must confess that this day I was not the Good Samaritan because at the time I was concentrating on taking some contre jour shots of the street and I didn't actually notice this poor man at all, only realising he was there when I downloaded my images onto my computer.

ISO 400, 1/500 sec at f/8, focal length 70mm.

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