Great shots. I don't want to detract from general feedback but I just want to make mention of the following; I don't think that anything here was taken in an untasteful manner. As a street photographer you're documenting life as it happens. Homeless people are part of life. If you only took of homeless people, never engaging with them to tell their story or share their plight with the world then that is different. But you clearly engaged with the lady and your showing a very specific slice of life. Dorothea Lange, Robert Frank etc .Okay enough about that, every can calm down now.
I'd also like to mention that of course everyone is entitled to their own opinion I'm merely sharing my point of few and my opinion. My comments are based on my beliefs, views and aesthetic tastes.
4 Guys by the bench:
Since you were posing them, I would have liked to see 1 guy alone on the bench sitting between the two words. As if he were defying or breaking the boundary. Or guys only on the 'Colored' side, with nobody on the 'white' side so as to imply that perhaps all that is left now is this bench but those 'whites' are not around any more etc. However the viewer wanted to interpret the arrangement.
Chasing kids with cane:
It's cool, it tells a story. Old man, old city, old traditions with new new kids having no respect or are unappreciative and this angers the old generation. What does it hold for the future of this old beautiful place.
Old lady with blanket:
LOVE it. Very photo journalistic, she is roughing it on the streets but that hint of a smile lets you know she's okay. This is me and I'm okay, it's not easy and I'm old, but I have my things and I'm okay.
Bus and motorised Wheel chair:
It's cool, it tells a story. Who wins? The bus is bigger but he has the handicap card. I like how he almost seems to be rubbing his head as if to say 'mmmm now what? Are you gonna move?"
Old Man street performer:
This one is not my favourite, I think because I can't tell whats going on. Is he real? What was he performing? Why do the viewers look so perplexed? All of these questions are not good questions for me, I leave unsatisfied. The sense of mystery is not a good mystery.
Guy peeing in the corner:
Slice of life. Maybe he doesn't like those shows? (lol) I like how he put his packet down and then shyly went into the corner as far as possible and hunched up hiding himself as much as is possible. Not my favourite shot, but as part of a series it says something.
Old man in the park shaving:
Love this shot! Slice of life but so interesting. He must be homeless? But with such a sense of pride. This is me, I'm going to sit here and shave now on this nice sunny day. Life is good right now. Very cool.
Big Lady at the Stall:
Aesthetically not a pleasing shot, but it does say a lot. I think if it wasn't for the big jar of Nutella balancing out her behind it wouldn't have been nearly as strong. Great as part of a series, slightly weaker on its own.
Nun kissing a Priest:
It's definitely interesting, I didn't know they do that. It's unexpected or unthought of usually which makes it interesting. I would maybe crop it a bit tighter, really emphasise that. Again as part of a series it would be a good complimentary shot. I would also crush those blacks, they'd really pop off that light wall. I like how the other two are looking away they're almost uncomfortable with it. lol
Boy playing violin:
Probably my favourite shot of all. Nice and strong, contrast is solid. The face... is the best! And his caretaker or mother actually makes the shot because her smile is in direct contrast to his face further emphasising the situation. He's not a slave, let's relax about that. But kids hate going to their music lessons etc, so this tells a strong story.
Some nice shots Paul, interesting post. Again just my view and opinion. Thanks