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I've been sitting on this one a while. Some of you will recognize Tore.

It might look posed, but it's not. If memory serves, this is the last time I saw Tore. He was leaning up against this wall looking quite miserable. I walked up and started to take my shot when he looked up. Most times, when he used to see me, he would strike a pose, then hold out his hand and ask if I had any money to spare.

I think he is still alive. Mother claims to have seen him from the bus one day, but he was frequenting another part of town.

He is not homeless, he has a small bedsit, and a small stipend, which doesn't seem to stretch for every need.

After I took this, I went and got us some coffee and we sat on a bench in the park and talked for a while - and when I left I handed him a 100 kroner note.

I really like him, he is such a gentle soul, and I wish he had a better quality of life.

Thanks for looking,

Anne

Brand:OLYMPUS IMAGING CORP.
Camera:Olympus E-620
Lens:Olympus 14-42mm Lens
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Focal Length:30mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/3.5
Aperture:f/5.1
Shutter Speed:1/200sec
Exposure Comp:-0.3
ISO:200
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:No Flash
White Balance:Auto
Title:Somewhere In Between
Username:AnneWorner AnneWorner
Uploaded:28 Dec 2013 - 12:50 AM
Tags:Black & white, General, Photo journalism, Portraits / people
Votes:57

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Rhoufi
Rhoufi e2 Member 4Rhoufi vcard Australia
28 Dec 2013 - 1:14 AM

Oh Anne, this is wonderful; as is your story. What I like especially is the capture being only a split second before he allowed the camera to affect his expression and therefore you have his natural, human grace. Bravo, just beautiful ~ Bernard

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nonur
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28 Dec 2013 - 2:05 AM

Superb!

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ukgubbi
ukgubbi e2 Member 2ukgubbi vcard India
28 Dec 2013 - 2:19 AM

Great mono with excellent details

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Dowie
Dowie  1 United Kingdom4 Constructive Critique Points
28 Dec 2013 - 4:19 AM

The world can be a cruel place for the homeless and the elderly, it takes special people to help them and make their plight a little less of a struggle. Great shot with a interesting background.thanks for sharing.

Di

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ddolfelin
ddolfelin e2 Member 234 forum postsddolfelin vcard Wales1 Constructive Critique Points
28 Dec 2013 - 4:54 AM

A very powerful picture and story.

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CarolG
CarolG e2 Member 7128 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece16 Constructive Critique Points
28 Dec 2013 - 6:26 AM

A stunning portrait, Anne, I do hope he is still with you, and that you will get more opportunities to photograph him. Carol

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whatriveristhis
whatriveristhis e2 Member 163 forum postswhatriveristhis vcard England70 Constructive Critique Points
28 Dec 2013 - 7:36 AM

With your hand, cover just the right ( his left ) side of the face... you see sadness.
Now cover just the left ( his right ) ... you see strength.
So, not quite defeated yet.

A very intense portrait, expertly crafted.


Alan

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silverbells
28 Dec 2013 - 7:56 AM

A really strong portrait. Thanks for sharing the story with it.
Erica

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jaktis
jaktis e2 Member 1081 forum postsjaktis vcard Sweden
28 Dec 2013 - 8:18 AM

Another great portrait of Tore, but he looks tired

Peter

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Philip_H
Philip_H  2 United Kingdom
28 Dec 2013 - 8:40 AM

A touching character portrait.

P.

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mrswoolybill
mrswoolybill Critique Team 7396 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom971 Constructive Critique Points
28 Dec 2013 - 8:46 AM

Good, very good, sadness plus grim determination because I guess that's what he has always known. It's a portrait that comes out of rapport, respect.
The 50/50 split of the background is interesting and can be viewed in so many ways. It reminds me a bit of Nikita Khrushchev's grave in the Novodevechy cemetery in Moscow, he's the only one of the former Soviet leaders not to be buried in the Kremlin walls. It is a mix of black and white stone blocks, it was designed by an architect whom he had persecuted but then been reconciled with.
Moira

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franken
franken e2 Member 113063 forum postsfranken vcard Wales4 Constructive Critique Points
28 Dec 2013 - 10:11 AM

Superb character study!

Ken

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lifesnapper
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28 Dec 2013 - 10:29 AM

A brilliant character shot Anne, VERY well done indeed.

John Smile

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scrimmy
scrimmy e2 Member 5365 forum postsscrimmy vcard Scotland5 Constructive Critique Points
28 Dec 2013 - 10:45 AM

superb portraiture and loving the background.. a bit yin and yang there Smile

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rontear
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28 Dec 2013 - 10:52 AM

A face that tells a hundred stories Anne, worthy black and white. Characterful.
Ron

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28 Dec 2013 - 10:54 AM

Good shot. Works well in monochrome and love the composition.
Roger

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richmowil
richmowil e2 Member 5240 forum postsrichmowil vcard England1 Constructive Critique Points
28 Dec 2013 - 11:19 AM

A clever, well thought through, image!! First Class!!

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saltireblue
saltireblue Site Moderator 43706 forum postssaltireblue vcard Norway23 Constructive Critique Points
28 Dec 2013 - 12:57 PM

Black and white.
The divide between the haves and the have nots. Despite his problems, he chooses to be on the 'have' side.
I hope all is well with him, Anne.
This is a magnificent character shot, and perfectly composed.

Malc

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Daisymaye
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28 Dec 2013 - 1:19 PM

An excellent mono portrait.

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mikbee
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28 Dec 2013 - 1:56 PM

Yes,I do recall this gentleman Anne.
Wonderful facial detail.
Excellent shot.
Mick.

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JawDborn
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28 Dec 2013 - 4:13 PM

Great shot and commentary..

You're a good 'un!Smile

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AnnChown
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28 Dec 2013 - 7:08 PM

A very moving portrait and description of Tore, Anne.

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28 Dec 2013 - 11:28 PM

Wow..an incredible portrait/photo.
- source

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annettep38
annettep38 e2 Member 3186 forum postsannettep38 vcard France30 Constructive Critique Points
29 Dec 2013 - 10:57 PM

looks like an amzing character. Hope he had a good meal with your gift!

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theartistusuallyknownasbert

Quite stunning.

The tonal range and detail are utterly splendid.

Tremendously good portrait.

And good luck to the guy, he looks like he needs some.

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8 Jan 2014 - 11:53 PM

Anne, fist of all -- this is an exquisite shot with perfect processing.
Second -- I really enjoyed the narrative you included.
-=\Walter

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17 Feb 2014 - 8:47 PM

The use of mono and the excellent lighting brings out the very best Anne.

A male portrait of the finest order.

Love it.

Dave.

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