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Life Isn't Always Fair       (Please read "Details" after contest)
Life Isn't Always Fair (Please read "Details" after contest)

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Challenge: Free Study X (Advanced Editing IV)
Collection: People
Camera: Canon EOS-20D
Location: Baltimore
Date: Jan 21, 2006
Galleries: Urban, Portraiture
Date Uploaded: Jan 22, 2006

This picture is very much different from most of the pictures I post on DPC. I thought alot about this one before I took it. I was in downtown Baltimore when I saw this homeless man begging on the side of the road. I was shocked and saddened by this scene. I actually circled around the block 2 or 3 times before I decided that I wanted to photograph it. I parked my car and got up the courage to walk over to him and ask if I could take his picture. I was embarassed and felt very awkward about it. I guess I didn't want to hurt his feelings by making his afflictions the subject of my photographic study. I took a few pictures and gave him some money. I thanked him and after I had left I was upset with myself for not taking some time to talk to him. When I look at this picture I think I will always wonder about the story of his life. Maybe it is better that way. I feel the picture tells it all.
I don't think this will score very well on DPC. Photojounalistic pictures like this are not usually well received here. I think the reason I decided to post it was not for the score but to jolt everyone's sense of reality and to make us realize that for the most part we all have alot to be thankful for. Thanks for looking.

Place: 148 out of 622
Avg (all users): 6.0256
Avg (commenters): 8.1667
Avg (participants): 5.9937
Avg (non-participants): 6.1622
Views since voting: 1193
Views during voting: 276
Votes: 195
Comments: 7
Favorites: 5 (view)

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02/08/2006 09:13:42 AM
My first impression when I saw this photo was that it was a 3rd world country....I'm heartbroken that it is right here in the United States. :/

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
02/07/2006 10:04:29 PM
Compelling portrait, and I'll be sure to look for the details.
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02/07/2006 04:32:07 PM
This Image got to me big time. All I can say is "but for the grace of God". Really good captue.
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02/07/2006 02:51:40 PM
Man... good picture for Broken II as well...
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02/04/2006 04:59:27 PM
Great shot. I like the subdued colors - they help emphasize the moral and societal (sp?) undertones of this powerful image.
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02/03/2006 06:18:33 PM
Strong image! It really says a sad story. Thanks for sharing!
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02/01/2006 06:12:00 PM
Pretty painful image. You've really captured it.
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