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A homeless man in cheltenham, he asked me if I had any change and I gave him some in exchange for me being able to take some photos. he told me that he used to take art gcse at my school and explained how it all went downhill after a drink problem. Despite sitting in the cold day by day making about 3 he still managed to put a smile on his face when talking to me.

Camera:Nikon D40 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:18-55mm
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Title:life on the streets
Username:gillouis gillouis
Uploaded:19 Feb 2010 - 12:03 AM
Tags:Black & white, Photo journalism, Street photography
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colmar
colmar  742 forum posts Scotland35 Constructive Critique Points
19 Feb 2010 - 12:09 AM

The resilience of man well captured image and a good thing to do well done Colin

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Davesumner
19 Feb 2010 - 12:23 AMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

Louis, great image and well done for giving him some change to allow you to take his picture.

I love your composition here, the way it goes from top left through his body and into his mat as a diagonal to the bottom right. Your higher angle looking down on him sort of adds to his feeling of being down. I like your crop of the image as well, nothing in there to cause any distraction although I might have asked him to move his white towel, it's just a minor distraction.

I also like the fact that you picked B&W for this image.

Well done, keep up the good work and even though you're a Nikon user (just joking) I'm going to award you my user award for this week.

DaVeS

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gillouis
gillouis  6 United Kingdom
19 Feb 2010 - 12:29 AM

thankyou very much for the feedback Smile

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DanielD
DanielD  4 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
19 Feb 2010 - 12:39 AM

Great poicture Louis, for me looks fabulous. I've been deep impressed by this man - you can read his drama in his eyes. Gongrats.

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mudge
mudge  1244 forum posts United Kingdom56 Constructive Critique Points
19 Feb 2010 - 1:42 AM

A great candid portrait, which works well in B/W
Well seen and captured

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CherryMartin
19 Feb 2010 - 4:25 AM

so sad, nice capture.

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KarenFB Junior Gallery Team 84280 forum postsKarenFB vcard England163 Constructive Critique Points
19 Feb 2010 - 7:02 AM

I admire you for asking first - many would take this 'candid' from a distance! A very sad image, though it is his fault he's there, it must be very hard to live like that.

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cats_123 e2 Member 104023 forum postscats_123 vcard Northern Ireland25 Constructive Critique Points
19 Feb 2010 - 8:01 AM

would like to think there some help out there for alcoholism...what a waste of talent...

well captured

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MrsS
MrsS  84527 forum posts England18 Constructive Critique Points
19 Feb 2010 - 8:51 AM

Super portrait - a "There but for the Grace of God" image

Fran x

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kaybee
kaybee  103823 forum posts Scotland24 Constructive Critique Points
19 Feb 2010 - 10:55 AM

I like the shot - but I am inclined to disbelieve that he is truely homeless or that he makes 3 a day............ he has too many good quality clothes and is very unlikely to spend 1/3rd of his days takings on a plastic chrity wristband (let alone his ither bracelets).

But that does not take away from your technically very good shot

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gillouis
gillouis  6 United Kingdom
19 Feb 2010 - 6:53 PM

thanks for the comment but equally how do you know he isnt, its my understanding that he lives in a hostal or sells the big issue. If he isnt homeless then why bother sitting in the cold everyday making penuts?

Last Modified By gillouis at 19 Feb 2010 - 6:54 PM

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Billyray
Billyray  670 forum posts United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
19 Feb 2010 - 7:38 PM

An excellent shot, well done. What a sad story for anyone.
Ray

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Gillspam
Gillspam  6 United Kingdom
4 Jun 2010 - 7:27 PM

Its 4 months since you took this photo and chatted with and showed empathy and respect for this man.

His name is Leslie Barker, he died yesterday aged 42, his body was found in a flat in Cheltenham, his death is being treated as unexplained by the police, but they have arrested 2 men in connection.

RIP Yorkie (as he was known locally).

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