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Thomas: 6 months later.....

I managed to track Thomas down in Paris over the weekend.
I searched the Left Bank (his patch) for a day, to no avail, and then approached waiters and shop keepers, showing them a small picture of him.
A dear chap by the name of Sami, who serves ice cream, eventually came to my rescue....
Thomas now lives in a small tent on the paved section in the middle of Rue Flandres in Crimee, which is in north-est Paris. Awfull location that he picked, as traffic passes very close by on either side of the tent, and pedestrians have to walk around his tent and scattered belongings.
However, although he would have preferred a quiter location, he feels safe here as he is visible to the locals and there is constant movement, especially as there is a monoprix immediately opposite.
He has made enemies in the Left Bank, as some other homeless persons apparently became jealous of the fact that he managed to obtain a mobile phone and number, and recently....wait for it....an used Nikon D80 with a broken lens.
He is now shooting pics of passers-by, and of his animals, which are now down to two dogs (both overweight), and a cat.
He showed me the lens - some part inside has come loose, and partially obscures the image. So now he has to shake his camera and every 20th or so pics works.
His dog that featured in my previous upload of Thomas was stolen. He thinks that he knows who did it, however, is too terrified to approach the person or area.
There is a floral shop across the street that he uses as his postal address. They also keep his camera when he's not using it.
The same people who forced him from the Left Bank also cut the tires of his bicycle contraption that I have referred to previously, however, he is planning to have that fixed soon.
I have now forged a trusting relationship with Thomas, and shall continue to pay visits to him every time I manage to visit that wonderful city.
I do not know how Thomas survives financially, as he never begs. I suspect that he receives a hand-out from the council.
I spent a few hours with Thomas, chatting mainly about photography, teaching him a few things with the camera. I managed to do some shots as well, however, difficult, as you feel that you are in a fish bowl, with everyone staring at you...
I showed him a PDF print-out of all the comments from EPZ members etc, and he was very taken by this.
The prints were immediately cut to size (with a very blunt scissors), and pasted into his album that materialised from somewhere under the sleeping bag.
Regards
Andre

Camera:Canon EOS 5D
Lens:Canon 24 - 105
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Title:Thomas: Windows to my Soul
Username:andreduplessis andreduplessis
Uploaded:14 Apr 2009 - 6:23 PM
Tags:Black & white, Portraits / people
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carmenfuchs
14 Apr 2009 - 6:27 PM

Wow. What an image and what a story. Well done. =)

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TelStar
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14 Apr 2009 - 6:31 PM

An amazing image, truly soulful. I feel his searching eyes.

Tel*

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Gwen_A
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14 Apr 2009 - 6:32 PM

What a powerful image and story - thanks for sharing.

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KP
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14 Apr 2009 - 6:32 PM

What a truly amazing portrait.

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digipix76
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14 Apr 2009 - 6:35 PM

A truely superb photograph.


Ian

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andreduplessis
andreduplessis e2 Member 6andreduplessis vcard United Kingdom7 Constructive Critique Points
14 Apr 2009 - 6:43 PM

Kind thanks to you all, and the UA much appreciated Ian. I have some pictures of Thomas with both his and my cameras - more 'recod' shots, however, shall see if I can get one prentable enough to submit. He becomes totally absorbed when he is busy taking pics - I so enjoy seeing that. Tried my utmost to get totally stoked on this wonderful pursuit, and left him with some magazines on digital photography.

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philsmed
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14 Apr 2009 - 6:44 PM

A very sharp, gritty character study. Well worth the search. You must be pleased with it!!!!

Phil

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SlowSong
SlowSong e2 Member 64840 forum postsSlowSong vcard England29 Constructive Critique Points
14 Apr 2009 - 6:46 PM

How fantastic. There's real intelligence and wisdom in those eyes. A most wonderful portrait. And how brilliant that he's found such a hobby - and you to help him. All round excellence.
Chris

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Scaramanga
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14 Apr 2009 - 6:50 PM

Fabulous portrait. I work with homeless people and they tend to pretty much look after each other over here.

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RobMacd
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14 Apr 2009 - 6:54 PM

Love it...What a great shot.

Rob.

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andreduplessis
andreduplessis e2 Member 6andreduplessis vcard United Kingdom7 Constructive Critique Points
14 Apr 2009 - 6:55 PM

Thank you for the UA Chris! Yes - it was dissapointing to hear his stories about harassment. However, I think that the move has done Thomas well, as he appears healthier than in Sept last year. And many locals stop by to chat.

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Buffalo_Tom
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14 Apr 2009 - 6:56 PM

I am in awe of your dedication and love for this man.Stunning photo journalism.It is not about the photo but what goes with it.
Tom.

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andreduplessis
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14 Apr 2009 - 6:57 PM

Thanks for that Tom.....

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shandoor
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14 Apr 2009 - 7:04 PM

Stunning character shot and he really seems to be quite a character and wow what a story amazing
Alexa

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chrisco
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14 Apr 2009 - 7:05 PM

incredibly emotive portrait,simply superb,well done.

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dandeakin
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14 Apr 2009 - 7:16 PM

Another class image, even stronger than the original ones. He sounds like a great character and the write up is fascinating. And he's a fellow photographer - great story.

Dan

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Warriorpoet
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14 Apr 2009 - 7:17 PM

Marvellous portrait and extraordinary story

Dave

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comma
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14 Apr 2009 - 7:23 PM

beautiful work

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NevP
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14 Apr 2009 - 7:27 PM

A bit of magic, that doesn't happen without being a magician. A wonderful portrait and a very moving story. Fabulous.

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andreduplessis
andreduplessis e2 Member 6andreduplessis vcard United Kingdom7 Constructive Critique Points
14 Apr 2009 - 7:31 PM

Hi Neville! Lovely to hear from you and many thanks! Best wishes to you, and thank you to the other members who have left such positive comments. Andre

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User_Removed
14 Apr 2009 - 8:18 PM

Great story and really nice portrait.


Gerry.

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jayjay52
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14 Apr 2009 - 9:21 PM

A very brilliant portrait
Jenny

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AlleyCatz
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14 Apr 2009 - 9:32 PM

Really excellent image and write up Andre.
Glad you took the time and effort to find him.



~Alley~

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Daisymaye
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14 Apr 2009 - 9:48 PM

What an incredible story. In every human being there is something very interesting...We each have a story. Your portrait of Thomas is outstanding. You've captured such a perfect expression of him listening and learning from you. Just wonderful Andre.....Sandy

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ToothPilot
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14 Apr 2009 - 10:03 PM

Your best Andre.
Fantastic.
Hendrik

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smileykiley
smileykiley e2 Member 5smileykiley vcard United Kingdom
14 Apr 2009 - 10:15 PM

A life time in furrows,
A tender gentle stare,
Your picture tells the story,
Your words tell how you care.

great work

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andreduplessis
andreduplessis e2 Member 6andreduplessis vcard United Kingdom7 Constructive Critique Points
14 Apr 2009 - 10:18 PM

Dear Gerry, Jenny, Alley, Sandy and Hendrik. Thank you so much for the comments, and the UA much appreciated Henk.
Sandy - many thanks for your flattering comment.
Andre

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andreduplessis
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14 Apr 2009 - 10:36 PM

Hi smileykiley - that is very sweet of you....thanks, Andre

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paulashby
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14 Apr 2009 - 10:45 PM

This is special.

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Geraint
Geraint e2 Member 8715 forum postsGeraint vcard Wales34 Constructive Critique Points
14 Apr 2009 - 10:52 PM

Andre you fascinate me. You have a clear empathy with the characters that you photograph, which is evident in both the actual photos and in your commentaries. Brilliant work again - such a strong portrait. The white rings(?) pull the eye a little, but they're not a distraction for me - just another detail to take in in this wonderful photo.
Geraint

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andreduplessis
andreduplessis e2 Member 6andreduplessis vcard United Kingdom7 Constructive Critique Points
14 Apr 2009 - 11:27 PM

Thanks Geraint. I think that you are correct in this. However, this can, and often is a draw-back, as it limits my access, as a relationship of some kind remains important for me. I sometimes wish that this was not the case, so that I can get more work done, for often I leave entusiastically, only to come back with no frames taken.

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andreduplessis
andreduplessis e2 Member 6andreduplessis vcard United Kingdom7 Constructive Critique Points
15 Apr 2009 - 1:06 AM

Many thanks to the EPZ team for the HC. Don't quite know who awarded this, however, this gesture is very much appreciated.
Andre Smile

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Garts
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15 Apr 2009 - 4:15 AM

As good as it gets,wonderful b&w portrait and lovely story.Thanks for sharing.- Adrian.

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andreduplessis
andreduplessis e2 Member 6andreduplessis vcard United Kingdom7 Constructive Critique Points
15 Apr 2009 - 6:55 AM

Many thanks Garts, and Tom - great to receive your UA! Thanks & regards, Andre

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onebeautifulmoment
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15 Apr 2009 - 7:25 AM

Thanks for such a superb portrait and equally wonderful narrative
Wayne

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Geraint
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15 Apr 2009 - 8:56 AM

Congratulations Andre! So glad to see this pick up an award. For what it's worth, here's mine to add to it!
Geraint

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DaveU
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15 Apr 2009 - 10:46 AM

Powerful imagery and eloquent prose to support it ..... a marvellous package.

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15 Apr 2009 - 11:06 AM

speechless

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Mynett
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15 Apr 2009 - 11:07 AM

wonderful reportage excellent image

Linda

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15 Apr 2009 - 1:28 PM

real life real work, just wonderful.

Bob

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andreduplessis
andreduplessis e2 Member 6andreduplessis vcard United Kingdom7 Constructive Critique Points
15 Apr 2009 - 3:01 PM

Many thanks for the UA's and the nice feed back! Wishes, Andre

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AlleyCatz
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15 Apr 2009 - 10:46 PM

Congrats on your HC Smile


~Alley~

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andreduplessis
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16 Apr 2009 - 2:47 PM

Thanks Alley!

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Nick_w
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16 Apr 2009 - 3:21 PM

Very moving and an awesome image

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jimmypaton
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17 Apr 2009 - 10:09 PM

fantastic image

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andreduplessis
andreduplessis e2 Member 6andreduplessis vcard United Kingdom7 Constructive Critique Points
24 Apr 2009 - 12:09 PM

Many thanks Nick and Jimmy...

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tommythecat
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26 May 2009 - 12:08 PM

Another superb image. Thanks for taking the time to share the story as well; both aspects of this series have been a pleasure to follow.

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andreduplessis
andreduplessis e2 Member 6andreduplessis vcard United Kingdom7 Constructive Critique Points
4 Jun 2009 - 10:58 AM

Many thanks for the comment. Paid Thomas another visit last weekend, but no pics this time. Just chatting. Too sunny, and the street was far too busy.

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Stenno
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8 Jan 2010 - 8:52 PM

Excellent image and I have to echo the sentiments of everyone as it's quite touching to know you have befriended this man, and are now probably the best friend he has ever had? Quite an uplifting story compared to all the bad stuff we tend to hear about only too often!

Geoff

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10 Feb 2010 - 1:45 AM

Many thanks Geoff. Yes, I have maintained contact, and have managed to get his other picture published in a book which I shall get to him, hopefully soon.

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