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waiting for the barbarians
waiting for the barbarians

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Camera: Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX30
Location: Rpoppong Tokyo
Aperture: ?
ISO: ?
Shutter: ?
Galleries: Candid, Photojournalism
Date Uploaded: Feb 8, 2009

Viewed: 351
Comments: 2
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The title just occurred to me as an after thought. there are no barbarians, but we want them, need them, to exist. Thats what I had gotten out of the poem.

Just as many commenters believed, this is not what it seems. It was after a night of drinking and hanging out with the crowd of businessmen, that one of them passed out as we were leaving the izakaya.
I was inspired for the editing by some old photos of assassinated mafiosos and politicians in Sicilian newspapers. like this.

Thanks everyone for the comments, and i will comment on all the entries posthumously

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A shocking human interest commentary piece.

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OMG, we're the BARBARIANS!!!

I had to look up the poem... thanks and thanks again.

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I did not know Cavafy. In all likelihood, he don't know me either.
This is an interesting photograph. His shoes are very clean.

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read the poem. wow, what a poem.

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this is incredibly disturbing.

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To its favor, this is not a shot you're likely to run into very often on this site. An intriguing WTF shot.

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I don't think this image is what it appears to be.

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this gruesome image brings to mind the reporting style of Weegee and his speed graphic blast of flash technique for numerous witnessing of unthinkable accidents and shootings.

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I also immediately twigged on Cavafy. How the heck many of us are there in DPC that even know his name? I'm impressed that 2 of the previous 4 commenters are obviously familiar with his work.

Excellent example of title and image working together in a necessary synergy. Powerful image, more than a little disturbing. Well done.

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And is this "what shall become of us without any barbarians"? - Cavafy came to mind immediately. Thought this was Iraklis's, a kind of final horrible despair, as the "Senators sit and pass no laws."

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Uhhh.... Yuck.

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I am just positive there is a story behind this. I hope you will tell us more when the challenge is finished.

' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', '/') + 1) . ' Iraklis
The processing adds to the severity. Is your title a reference to the Cavafy poem? (Posthumous, have you read his work at all? I think it is fantastic, and not just because he's Greek : )

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02/09/2009 08:16:40 PM
Originally posted by kolasi:

The title just occurred to me as an after thought. there are no barbarians, but we want them, need them, to exist. Thats what I had gotten out of the poem.

Which in turn makes us the barbarians. We will be our ultimate demise... at least that's what I got from the poem.

Powerful poem and the perfect photo to match!
02/08/2009 01:32:44 PM
Panos, you are a nut lol. I did NOT know how to comment on this. At first I thought it was going to be a political statement showing a dead guy. But I realized he wasn't dead but I was sure he was not posing. You did a good job with the processing tho because it does indeed look like a photo of a murder from the past. So when are you putting together your book of Japanese cultural lifestyle? lol This goes beyond ones you have posted here so I can only begin to imagine what you are keeping on your computer!

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