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You can call me Al
1st PlaceYou can call me Al

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Challenge: Portrait of the Elderly II (Standard Editing)
Collection: Challenges
Camera: Canon EOS-7D Mark II
Lens: Canon EF-S 18-135mm IS STM
Location: Perth city
Date: Jun 27, 2019
Galleries: Portraiture, Black and White
Date Uploaded: Jun 27, 2019

Sorry for winning another ribbon, thank you for the lovely comments.

Canít remember if this gentlemanĎs name was Al, I just thought it sounded good. But anyways I met him in the city, I thought he looked a lot friendlier than the gentleman that I went up to before hand who in his loudest voice told me to F*** off. I think he thought I wanted his cigarettes, I donít even smoke. Iím pretty sure he was homeless and he was hogging those cigarettes like they were his best friends. Anyway Iíve never been yelled out in the city before so I was kind put off. Afterwards I walked around a little bit dazed and confused, I mean if he knew me, heíd find out I was a really nice person ha ha . So after I got over the initial shock of being sworn at I went back near the train station where I came across this other gentleman. I knew by his eyes that he was a lot kinder. I asked him if I could take a photo of him for a competition, and he ever so kindly said to me ďwhere do you want me to standĒ? Iíll have to go back to the city and find him and show him the winning picture.

Place: 1 out of 26
Avg (all users): 6.7250
Avg (participants): 6.5000
Avg (non-participants): 6.8214
Views since voting: 531
Views during voting: 86
Votes: 40
Comments: 8
Favorites: 0

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07/15/2019 09:44:04 PM
I love your story, Anita!

I'm not comfortable at all asking strangers to let me photograph them.

I'd have run off crying.

Well done!

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07/15/2019 10:07:04 AM
Nice job! Especially after that dehumanizing experience with the first guy! Iíve never had that happen in all the time Iíve befriended and photographed people on the street. Iíve only encountered kind people who were grateful for someone seeing them and being interested in spending a little time with them. I think it might keep me from wanting to do it ever again if I had that experience. Glad you got a good payoff for trying again!
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07/15/2019 04:18:58 AM
Still wowing Ďem, well done.

Message edited by author 2019-07-17 05:23:39.
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07/15/2019 02:57:48 AM
WOW .. congrats on the blue for this anita ..
there were a couple of others in this challenge that i felt you could have shared it with .. lol ..
and after reading your story i'm glad that you were able to get past being put off and went up to this man ..
i hope you are able to go find him again .. those small acts of kindness can mean the world to ppl .. especially ppl who are doing it tough .. and it looks like this guy is ..
its an emotive and raw image ... :)

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07/15/2019 12:20:25 AM
Congrats on the Blue, Anita. You are moving into the stratosphere ;)
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
07/11/2019 07:28:48 PM
Great portrait. His face tells the story of his life my favorite of the challenge

Message edited by author 2019-07-15 05:53:55.
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07/11/2019 05:04:32 PM
Such character! I love your vintage processing in the sepia tones. It's perfect for this portrait.
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07/10/2019 03:44:43 PM
Such a moving and expressive image. 8
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