Santa Monica, California. 2017.
Canon Canonet QL17 GIII. Ilford XP2. 35mm Film.
Photographs can have funny ways of telling stories. What I did not realize while capturing the image above was that the two subjects, the Wells Fargo sign and the elderly woman crossing the street, are both contrasting each other. Allow me to explain my reasoning. In 2008, despite the crippling Financial Crisis, Wells Fargo appeared to remain stable to the public eye for a period of for a short period of time. In short, investigations revealed that, in order to stay afloat, Wells Fargo encouraged their customers to open up unnecessary amounts of checking/ savings accounts and lines of credit, many of which were opened without the customer's permission. Some 1.5 million new deposit accounts and 500,000 new lines of credit resulted in about $2.6 million dollars in racked up fees that Wells customers received. Wells Fargo felt that this plan would prevent them from taking a hit from the Financial Crisis. The banks plan resulted them in having to pay some $185 million dollars in fines to city and federal regulators due to their fraudulent activity. The Wells Fargo sign in the background of my image represents instability, incompetence, and dependence others. In contrast, the elderly woman in the foreground walking away from the sign gives off the impression that she is stable, that she is capable, and that, despite the weight of the heavy bags over her shoulders, she can hold her own.
Photograph And Commentary By Street Photographer, Austin Alfaro aka @milkyselects