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Toronto
Joey Lawrence


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Galleries: Emotive, Portraiture
Date Uploaded: Jun 21, 2006

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I spent last Sunday with Pedro roaming the streets of Toronto.

This is my favourite picture from the day. The girls name is Bell and they live homeless. She didn't have any pants so covered herself with that skirt for the picture.

You can see me taking it here:
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03/27/2007 09:38:05 AM
Awesome, awe-some!

So good to see you taking candids and street photography. Not that your "set-up" shots are anything less than awe-inspiring but this shows growth. Nice work!
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03/24/2007 10:12:29 AM
Again an amazing true to life candid image, that surely makes one really think about how lucky we are.
This is a true to life detailed image, that is quite sad but so true.....
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03/24/2007 10:09:09 AM
I love the detail in this shot! you could study it for hours and still notice things you didn't before. PHENOMENAL.
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01/11/2007 01:19:40 AM
amazing.
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01/05/2007 12:57:28 PM
Does anyone have homes in Toronto?
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12/13/2006 05:19:38 PM
fantaztic
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09/23/2006 01:52:29 AM
Wonderful as always Joey.
Man I feel old. 16? I wish I was 16 again and starting to shoot. Not 35 and 3 years shooting!
Lovely processing.
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07/13/2006 11:21:27 AM
Joey, this is incredible... Very powerful image and exceptionally well done (no big surprise there). WOW!
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06/25/2006 01:48:09 PM
I think mental illness in the homeless is quite common. Even slight degrees of it can land a person here. Some people just don't like being told what to do by parents so they for some odd reason would rather rough it on the streets than live by rules (even reasonable ones). Drugs often factor into the equation, as does prostitution.

There is help out there for them, but they gotta want it.
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06/25/2006 11:18:21 AM
Wow! This is incredible!!! I looked at the one of you taking the picture, and of course, your editing is to die for on this one!!!

What strikes me about this photo is the contrast of their situation, with how pretty they both are. I mean. . .cleaned up and not homeless, that girl especially could be beautiful!

What in the world happened to their lives that got them there. I agree: this is photojournalism at its finest!

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06/25/2006 10:40:02 AM
Wary wary nice nice mon.

You should like so totally come to Turkey. You'd have a blast here.
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06/22/2006 10:23:56 PM
were are all 3 paychecks away from this life
My Kudo,s to JL for his eye and his heart
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06/22/2006 07:09:06 PM
I like it. Great picture, love that rusty tone you've got there. Tells a story that is never often to heard
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06/22/2006 02:40:24 PM
Originally posted by Pedro:

And I flat out refuse to say "He's great for a 16 year old!". I consider that an insult. He's great for any age.

P-ness


16!??? I knew you were young, but I always figure those profile ages donít update automatically, so I put you at 19 or so...

Remember the little folks that encouraged you, and supported your endeavors, 20 years from now when Steven Spielberg is presenting the lifetime achievement award to it's youngest recipient ever at the 2026 Oscars!

Keep up the good work, perhaps a documentary on "Homelessness - The forgotten Masses" will be your first to receive critical acclaim.

Maya

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06/22/2006 10:56:54 AM
Joey wasn't wearing any pants at the time either, so i photoshopped his jeans into the photo.

In all seriousness I think people could learn some lessons spending some time with Joe. Photographically he's got a great eye for the interesting, and has no reservations asking anyone for a photo if he sees the op. He hasn't told you that he was using a borrowed D70 for this shoot, so presumably he has very little experience with the nuances of the dSLR, yet the pics turned out like this. awesome.

Above that though, there are life lessons to learn from him as well. He treated absolutely everyone (except me of course) with respect, from the homeless to his parents. How refreshing to see someone sit among a group like this, talk to them as humans, offer some money for their time, and then try to represent them as they are - humans, albeit less fortunate than us. There was even one crusty old fella who didn't want his picture taken because he was afraid "it'd be all over the internet like last time" (I don't think his cardboard box has net access, so i'm not sure how he knew). Joe explained why he was taking the pics, but the guy wouldn't budge. he tried to give the money back, but Joe said no thanks, wished him well, and we were on our way.

'twas a great afternoon.

And I flat out refuse to say "He's great for a 16 year old!". I consider that an insult. He's great for any age.

P-ness

Message edited by author 2006-11-13 05:15:15.
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06/22/2006 10:20:29 AM
This is fantastic. You could make a great photo study of local youth and their culture with some of the stuff you are presenting here.

Some of the comments from others see sadness and shock but they both look quite content with themselves to me but I'm not there.
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06/22/2006 09:17:27 AM
one of your best edits, ever.
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06/22/2006 09:10:11 AM
Great picture.. a Sad one
Children of a Lesser God...
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06/22/2006 01:52:06 AM
This image digs in deep Joey.
One, because of the story the image tells in itself, and
Two, becasue of the story the artists tells about it.

This one goes beyond great photography and post-processing.
I can only imagine gifted artists trying to acheive this level in painting.
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06/22/2006 01:26:32 AM
My this is sad...and I just noticed the dog too :-(

Just wondering how you get to that point at that age..and where do you go from there?

Message edited by author 2006-06-22 01:27:58.
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06/21/2006 06:43:31 PM
Exceptional, as always.
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06/21/2006 06:14:37 PM
Gsal said it (in a nice way). Shocking, as it was meant to be.
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06/21/2006 06:08:53 PM
This is very good but at the same time hard to look at. Excellent photojournalism, Joey, and your editing outstanding as always.
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