Sometimes the world needs to be shocked at what is happening and so I dont think photographing 'poor people' is a cliche...carry on with what you are doing, some people need to be shocked out of their middle class complacency !
Hello j. I'd like to use this pic to speak about a serious topic inside the Street Photography. IMHO it's difficult to take street photos about poor people, about people with social problem such as homeless and so on. It's difficult because very often the photographer is a bit cynic. To obtain a pic with a strong appeal he/she "use" the difficulties of the subject of the pic. There's an exit way where the photographer can demonstrate his/her ability to shoot without using the poor people as the only strong element of the pic. So I think that the way is to take pics with other interesting elements that have to make the difference. IMHO this pic reach this goal. The presence on the background of the graffito where it's written what the poor man/woman could need it's really great .. it should be the main subject of the pic. It push our mind to say to ourself: "That's exactly what the poor man/woman needs to solve his/her problem". The man on the bike completes the composition in a very good manner, it gives a sense of dynamic which get lighter the photo.
I like this pic !!
Thank you for reading this long comment ... I hope I didn't bored you.
I have been told many times that shooting poor people on the streets is cliche. To me, every subject on the street is the same. Be it a person collecting garbage or a rich man talking on his cellphone. I try my best to capture the essence of street life in india. Thank you for your kind words.