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Could you walk a mile in his shoes?
Could you walk a mile in his shoes?

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Challenge: Childhood Without Children (Classic Editing)
Camera: Olympus C-2100UZ
Location: home
Date: Aug 24, 2002
Aperture: 1:3.5
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/2
Date Uploaded: Aug 24, 2002


Place: 84 out of 172
Avg (all users): 5.1148
Avg (commenters): 6.9130
Avg (participants): 5.0080
Avg (non-participants): 5.2269
Views since voting: 1236
Votes: 244
Comments: 25
Favorites: 0

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09/06/2002 12:56:00 AM
I didn't get through all the pictures last week for voting - so I am just finding this one now. A very touching photo - I wore a brace just like the one in the middle for about 2 years between 5-6 grade for perthes disease in my hip, so I know a little bit about one of the "shoes" shown here. As far as the picture goes I like the child's quilt that is on the floor in this shot - I think it brings a very personal feeling in contrast to the cold braces. I am sure this is a very emotional shot for you - thanks for submitting it. It does show another side to childhood that is not often portrayed.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
09/01/2002 08:32:00 PM
Thats a lot of shoes. 5.
09/01/2002 10:09:00 AM
Composition: Subject Placement, Cropping, Background8,
Technical: Focus, Exposure, Lighting, Processing8,
Challenge: Does your entry meet it?6,
Appeal: Is it Interesting, Motivating, Etc.? 5,
Total Averaged Rating7. Autool
09/01/2002 02:53:00 AM
This – I think – is a superb shot technically; the lighting and exposure are spot on. But, I think that the composition lacks something. It could be that everything’s a bit too central and tightly ordered giving the overall shot a somewhat cluttered feel. Perhaps a less formal layout would have helped. It meets the challenge and overall it’s not a bad shot… (7)
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08/31/2002 11:36:00 PM
This is so poignant. How so many children are taken for granted, and how so many go thru so much. This tells of a life time of ordeal, but I think the message could be told with one article as well, i.e. the brace in the middle.
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08/31/2002 12:36:00 PM
Good job! I like seeing from the perspective of others and you enabled this. I like it! Congrats and good luck! 10 Gracious aka Grayce
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08/30/2002 11:25:00 PM
Very well done. This is about the saddest photo entered, this, and the unused swingset.
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08/30/2002 09:14:00 PM
I would love the hear this story if you care to tell it. It's not an exciting photo, per-se but, it really tell a story of and untraditional childhood and there is lots of feeling in this pohot. =6 syamjonimi
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08/29/2002 10:06:00 AM
I don't know that I could. This is both thought provoking and interesting visually, with the repetitive nature of the pairs of supports and shoes. Good colour too.
4, Kavey
08/29/2002 02:24:00 AM
wow ... that's just awesome subject - my very best friend has the same situation and he's had leg braces since he was really little! good luck in the challenge
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08/28/2002 11:43:00 PM
Man alive! Did your family go to hell and back several times over!?! I hope not. Very original idea. I think your foot stuff pic would do better with a plain background ( white or light color maybe).
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08/28/2002 11:06:00 PM
I want to vote this photo highly because I like the idea of portraying a childhood that many of us were spared from, but which is very real to some children. Growing up, my brother had Cystic Fibrosis (a chronic lung diease), so many many childhood memories revolve around medication, broken bones, trips to the hospital (which contrary to popular belief were not always depressing and sapped of all things childish).

When I re-examined this photo on it's photographic merit rather than it's subject matter, I found that many things did not appeal to me. I list them here simply for constructive puposes: 1) I think the background (quilt and bed) are too busy. 2) I think that the braces/casts/shoes should either be organized differently (I'm not sure how, but in a way that makes them look less on display) or you should pick a few of them and work with just those. The red/blue braces, the leather braces, and the leg casts are particularly interesting to me.

A different suggestion - not the intention that you were going for, but still interesting - is to focus solely on one of the casts. While that doesn't make the statement it seems you wanted to, I'm sure we can all reach back in our memories to the cast on that broken bone that made us the center of attention for a week or more while everyone else clamored to sign it.

Just thoughts, and too many of them at this point. :-) 5, just-married
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08/28/2002 09:38:00 AM
very powerful stuff and No I could not what a strong young man....
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08/28/2002 02:57:00 AM
Well composed... Nicely lit and incredibly moving... Nice job...
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08/27/2002 09:19:00 PM
Great point from the social aspect, but for this category??????
08/27/2002 07:08:00 PM
Very impactful photo. You have the leg braces, and shoes centered very nicely, however, the rug/blanket isn't. I like how you have it in the photo makes it not just plain carpet. The lighting was good for this photo, no distracting shadows or glares. Great job and good luck in the challenge.
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08/27/2002 12:46:00 PM
The most original picture this week. It's a great statement, a sort of documentrary shot and it's in my top five this week.
08/27/2002 07:19:00 AM
A touching photograph.
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08/27/2002 05:25:00 AM
Ouch! This photo generates sympathy for the little boy who went through this. It also makes me feel a little sad. Personally, I think that the photo could have been done differently (don't know how but not just a simple 'lay the objects out and take a snap'). However, I think that the photo deserves praise for the feelings it arouses in the viewer (and in my opinion, that is largely what photography should be about).
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08/26/2002 10:50:00 PM
This photo is sad, and it meets the challenge as it depicts one particular child's childhood, but it is fortunately atypical. Seeing the 'regular' shoes suggests (to me anyway) the success of those orthopaedic correction things, and that is a good thing. Creative and thoughtful on the part of the photographer, and the image is a good one.
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08/26/2002 08:28:00 PM
Please tell me all this stuff isn't yours! Interesting subject matter, technically it fits the description.
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08/26/2002 06:18:00 PM
Wow. This shows a youth with many sad moments i think. I hope the operations helped ? As i can see the shoesizes are all different, meaning a lot of operations over a long time span, am i right ? Nice composition telling a real story. Therefor i rate this picture an 8.
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08/26/2002 03:42:00 PM
Wow. Powerful.
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08/26/2002 12:40:00 PM
Made me cry, ....but sorry, this is a photo challange and it's not a great photograph.....But wait a minute, it dd make me cry......okay 8
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08/26/2002 10:53:00 AM
please make sure this kid knows who stephen hawking is.
i have absolute confidence in your child's ability to do whatever he sets his mind to. strength has nothing to do with one's legs.
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