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Rising Homeless Rates Plague National Standard Of Living
Rising Homeless Rates Plague National Standard Of Living

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Challenge: Newspaper (Basic Editing I)
Camera: Olympus C-4000Z
Location: Telus Convention Centre, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Date: Jun 18, 2004
Aperture: 2.8
ISO: 186
Shutter: 1/60
Galleries: Candid, Photojournalism
Date Uploaded: Jun 22, 2004


Place: 161 out of 232
Avg (all users): 4.8285
Avg (commenters): 4.6667
Avg (participants): 4.5400
Avg (non-participants): 4.9943
Views since voting: 772
Views during voting: 339
Votes: 274
Comments: 6
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
06/29/2004 07:21:56 PM
He looks like a 70's hippie rebelling against the government by infesting the streets! A neat moment to catch.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
06/27/2004 09:23:51 AM
This says 'street musician', not 'homeless'.
06/24/2004 10:56:03 AM
I think this is a great shot. However, I think the title misses. This person doesn't really say homeless to me, I see a street performer, very different and prominent in cities. I think it is such a good shot, if the headline/title was something about street performing, etc. it would work well, very well.
06/23/2004 09:46:44 PM
Nice B/W ,background tilted,7
  Photographer found comment helpful.
06/23/2004 04:12:36 PM
This photo of a street musician doesn't really support the headline. The headline itself is kind of iffy. I don't think plague is the right word to use unless you are writing for a very right-wing conservative propoganda rag. "Lowers" is more objective, and more to the point.

Back to the photo. What does this really tell a wide public about the rising homeless rates? This guy might be homeless but to me he just looks like a busker. The photo needs to lead the viewer in to the story. There is no real immediacy to this portrait of the musician to alert me to the plight of the homeless or the plight of the national standard of living for that matter. He looks happy enough and doesn't appear to be bothering anyone. In fact, it doesn't look like he is even on the street. It looks more like some kind of warehouse or garage judging by the concrete floor and the doors in the background. What kind of street musician is he without a hat, cup, or guitar case to collect contributions. The more I look at this photo the less I'm convinced it has much journalistic merit.

Photographically, it's kind of a wierd POV. It looks like you were looking down from a greater height.The concrete support in the background is very tilted. The lighting is very flat and literal. The sepia isn't really the right mood for journalism.

06/23/2004 05:51:45 AM
This person doesn't look homeless to me, but nice photo and headline regardless.

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