At the time I was working in the French Quarter. I would often see tourists taking pictures of the homeless. One tourist told me it was the ‘local color’ of New Orleans. I found this idea insane and insulting. However I do see that this can be considered as mocking the homeless man. Perception depends on the individual. I have no control over that. I learned that early with how a piece I did in high school was received.
I know I was mocking the tourist. A tourist who would ignore in disgust the homeless in their own community, but in an ‘exotic’ city he was part of the ‘charm’.