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In the Heart of the City, the Squatters' Village Grows
In the Heart of the City, the Squatters' Village Grows

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Challenge: Photojournalism (Classic Editing)
Camera: Pentax EI-100
Location: Vancouver, BC
Date: Nov 24, 2002
Aperture: f2.8
ISO: 160
Shutter: 1/105
Galleries: Cityscape, Photojournalism
Date Uploaded: Nov 24, 2002

Homeless people and activists have created a tent city outside an abandoned building, demanding homes for the homeless.

Place: 21 out of 147
Avg (all users): 6.1697
Avg (commenters): 6.6667
Avg (participants): 6.1215
Avg (non-participants): 6.2012
Views since voting: 1324
Votes: 271
Comments: 14
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12/02/2002 10:14:00 PM
Greetings from the Critique Club :)


I think this is a great photojournalistic image. It tells a story on its own without the need for written text. This looks like a situation of 'urban blight' to me from your image. We don't have a large number of noticeably homeless people in my community, so I don't really get to see first hand how they do live and behave.

This image could definitely be seen on the front page of a newspaper for support of a detailed article describing the situation.

I'm taking a slightly different approach to my critique on this image. The technical issues that I normally discuss don't really apply here. You have met the challenge with a very interesting photo. Whatever time of day you chose to take this shot was a good one... there is no direct sunlight that is blasting away at your colors and the deatail of the image is fine...

Keep up the good work :)
12/02/2002 12:21:00 AM
Up to 250 of the poorest people in our society have lived on the sidewalk outside an abandoned building for some many weeks now. They were a central feature of the local mayoral elections, which were swept by left-wing activists
 Comments Made During the Challenge
12/01/2002 08:14:00 PM
are they lining up for star wars episode 3 already?!?
11/30/2002 05:33:00 PM
Pushing the title a bit, no?
11/29/2002 08:20:00 PM
Good. I think a closer crop, just right of the pole, with less building, would be more effective. Still, 8.

Jim msp
11/29/2002 12:41:00 PM
are those actually squatters? or are they waiting in line for Briteney spears tix... good pic powerful -
11/28/2002 09:02:00 PM
I like the title and photo. Go together real well. But I think B&W would have added drama to this shot. Maybe lighten it up a little and lighten the contrast some. Good composition though with nice subject. Very much where it's at today. Maybe try a B&W and just see. Just a thought and only my opinion. But good photo. PTL7 Feel B&W would have added a couple of points for me.
11/28/2002 11:14:00 AM
holy cow. that is so weird. gotta find out where this is. i see a doves poster so i wanna go there already. kudos for bringing me this bizarre scene :) mag99
11/27/2002 05:44:00 AM
This is a good shot. Lots of color. Not taken in the harsh mid day. Wish you were a little closer.
11/26/2002 09:33:00 PM
A lot of strong diagonals in this shot! The foreground seems a little overexposed, but that kind of thing is common to photojournalism... Definitely on target for the challenge in a week when so many weren't... Nice catch! ~ MyQyl ~
11/26/2002 09:16:00 AM
Needs to be closer to the subject.
11/26/2002 12:47:00 AM
Is this Woodwards' in Vancouver? I think this picture captures the photojournalism aspect of this weeks challenge very well. It makes me want to know the story!
11/25/2002 01:38:00 AM
Excellent! very good photojournalism... I would have zoomed in a bit, and focused more on one of the tents... but nice job!
11/25/2002 12:41:00 AM
Great newsorthy photo, would like to see the right edge a bit more in focus, though.

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