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Desolation of Two: Finding a Vein on the Train
Desolation of Two: Finding a Vein on the Train
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Challenge: Desolation (Classic Editing)
Camera: Sony DSC-F717
Location: Train, London
Date: Aug 11, 2003
Galleries: Candid, Photojournalism
Date Uploaded: Aug 12, 2003

I snapped these two men, who were totally oblivious of all around them. They rolled joints, counted their begging takings and one even proceeded to prepare the other for a fix of Brown. The guy on the right shows a bloody wound on his wrist from previous fixes.

The train was full with commuters and children on one of London's hottest days of summer. A nice day for some perhaps...

I wanted to leave some colour in the shot to show context and juxtaposition of sunny weather vs a miserable scenario - while not rendering it too cheery and superficial.

Statistics
Place: 44 out of 232
Avg (all users): 5.8074
Avg (commenters): 7.3636
Avg (participants): 5.7632
Avg (non-participants): 5.8462
Views since voting: 1630
Votes: 244
Comments: 32
Favorites: 7 (view)


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04/20/2006 03:23:25 PM
Great capture but very sad...
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04/20/2006 02:55:02 PM


WOW. What a capture!
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12/15/2003 06:01:32 PM
Edgy. Generally the points that most people dislike about photos on this site are what actually makes them GREAT photos. I'm wondering if alot of people who critique here actually have an eye for art at all. The fact that you can't see their faces is perfect, the sarcastic coloring is a great touch as well. If I had voted in time it would've gotten atleast an 8, maybe a 9 or 10.
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08/25/2003 06:44:35 PM
I still think this should have placed higher.
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08/22/2003 02:22:56 AM
why this didnt ribbon- I never know-- be proud of the capture-- its great-- even though the subjects may have disturbed--

Folk this is real desperation-- not a staged shot-- this is For Reall-- Props!!
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08/20/2003 12:05:07 PM
Thanks to all for the comments on this. I would however like to hear from anyone who voted it 1. Was it challenge brief, image quality, composition or did you think it was staged? It would be very interesting to hear why.
08/20/2003 10:56:40 AM
Color is little weird maybe B/W would be better, I give it 8 IMO is very emotional photo!Great job!
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08/20/2003 09:12:07 AM
should have won a ribbon
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
08/19/2003 11:23:37 PM
excellent capture
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08/19/2003 06:02:07 PM
wow.
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08/17/2003 09:30:31 PM
A disturbing 10
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08/17/2003 11:22:15 AM
whewwwwww! ...very good presentation....i also like the lighting..rating...9
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08/17/2003 10:07:23 AM
I bet you're getting a lot of controversial comments.
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08/16/2003 12:20:20 PM
It is really hard to find words for this one. The way you shot this,,, creating the anonymity by not showing faces, but it's still so personal.. These are two human beings trapped in a deadly cycle, one that is usually in the shadows, but forced by circumstance to be public.
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08/16/2003 01:54:58 AM
Powerful. Did they know you were shooting them?
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08/15/2003 08:55:56 PM
This is sad!
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08/15/2003 04:01:07 PM
Very upsetting photo. These people once had a hopeful future and now, devoid of any it certainly meets the challenge. Nice, brave work.
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08/15/2003 06:28:24 AM
powerful subject! just a bit too light in some areas of the photo for me. I think you have captured the subject line excellent.
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08/15/2003 04:33:38 AM
Could have lost the first half of the title. Great shot though. So evocative. [10]
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08/14/2003 08:27:50 PM
interesting concept..=)
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08/14/2003 03:23:45 PM
I wondered if this was a faked shot but as I gazed at the undernourished arms and the filthy clothes I decided it must be real. That certainly causes a sadness in my heart that many other entries have failed to create.
Photographically the image isn't as strong, the yellow background is too bright, the light is bouncing harshly off that exposed upper arm and their faces are a little too hidden. None of this matters as much in this style of image, though I think it would have been even stronger were those elements improved.
7
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08/14/2003 01:48:10 PM
Not a pretty picture to look at but great subject. Very news/docu. feeling Captured the theme..
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08/13/2003 11:43:39 PM
Hard core. Desperation as well as desolation. My only 10 so far. Well done, and perhaps a dangerous situation to get the shot.
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08/13/2003 11:23:32 PM
This is too sad to look at. It breaks my heart. Desolation for sure.
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08/13/2003 09:30:37 PM
I am counting my blessings over most of the "desolation" pictures. This must be a miserable life.
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08/13/2003 03:53:52 PM
this is obviously powerful and certainly desolate
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08/13/2003 11:34:55 AM
This is a very tough, but strong picture. I think our world is desolate, indeed. Thank you for showing this. Baldur
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08/13/2003 11:25:06 AM
desolation or desperation???
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08/13/2003 09:02:12 AM
the best shot in the challenge
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08/13/2003 08:28:42 AM
What a sorry state we have here. It's quite distubingly an 8.
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08/13/2003 08:26:20 AM
how very sad. this pic really depicts the theme. was this a real shot or staged?
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08/13/2003 07:45:35 AM
This is a very difficult picture. It is a snap of two drug addicts, but it does not transmit emotions
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