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An elderly Tibetan refugee, living in a refugee centre in northern India, knits handicrafts for a living. With a photograph of happier days on the wall behind her she must long to return to her homeland.

Nearby words of the Dalai Lama sum up much of our world today.

"We have bigger houses but smaller families;
More conveniences, but less time;
We have more degrees, but less sense;
More knowledge, but less judgement;
More experts, but more problems;
More medicines, but less healthiness;
We’ve been all the way to the moon and back, but have trouble crossing the street to meet the new neighbour.
We build more computers to hold more information to produce more copies than ever but have less communication.
We have become long on quantity, but short on quality.
These are times of fast foods but slow digestion;
Tall men but short character;
Steep profits but shallow relationships.
It’s a time when there is much in the window, but nothing in the room."

Camera:Canon EOS 5D
Lens:24-70 f2.8
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Title:The Refugee
Username:Henchard Henchard
Uploaded:23 Mar 2009 - 7:19 PM
Tags:Landscape / travel, Photo journalism, Portraits / people
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qosmio
qosmio  5 United Kingdom
23 Mar 2009 - 7:24 PM

Great photo - subject so full of character.

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cooky
cooky  10 United Kingdom
23 Mar 2009 - 7:47 PM

Excellent and worthy of more attention.

Kath

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riprap007
riprap007  91568 forum posts England37 Constructive Critique Points
23 Mar 2009 - 7:53 PM

very fine PJ portrait

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DOGSBODY
DOGSBODY  51432 forum posts England30 Constructive Critique Points
23 Mar 2009 - 7:58 PM

A cracking picture and very profound words. Andy

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User_Removed
23 Mar 2009 - 8:15 PM

Superb John. My Compliments.

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Litrato_by_Joy
23 Mar 2009 - 9:01 PM

What a lovely portrait. Well done, Joyce

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Tigress
Tigress  6 Scotland
23 Mar 2009 - 9:16 PM

Great character choice and very wise words
June

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madbilly
madbilly  5 England4 Constructive Critique Points
23 Mar 2009 - 9:57 PM

When I saw the thumbnail I thought it was good. When I viewed it I was right, when I went to f11 WOW.

You should be proud of this foto, it is superbly detailed a definite winner, have my award for this week

Last Modified By madbilly at 23 Mar 2009 - 9:58 PM

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lesgoodey
lesgoodey e2 Member 8lesgoodey vcard England1 Constructive Critique Points
24 Mar 2009 - 12:14 AM

Excellent!

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ARJones
ARJones  7103 forum posts United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
24 Mar 2009 - 2:48 AM

Just excellent! Would love to see this in mono? Great words.

Andy

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stevie
stevie e2 Member 101198 forum postsstevie vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
24 Mar 2009 - 5:59 AM

Nice capture of her expression
If I was to make one point, I think the light is just a little bit harsh but otherwise I like this a lot

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kitsch
kitsch e2 Member 8425 forum postskitsch vcard United Kingdom4 Constructive Critique Points
24 Mar 2009 - 10:03 PM

wonderful shot!
and the words.... so true

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Mynett
Mynett e2 Member 6137 forum postsMynett vcard United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
24 Mar 2009 - 10:07 PM

I love the words which go alonside this very thought provoking image, it is so very true. You have captured a special moment in time here.

Linda

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StevenPrice
26 Mar 2009 - 10:12 AM

superb colours & detail great work.

Steve

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cassiecat
cassiecat  639 forum posts England46 Constructive Critique Points
29 Mar 2009 - 4:05 PM

excellent work.lesley

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pennyspike
pennyspike  112068 forum posts United Kingdom29 Constructive Critique Points
12 Apr 2009 - 4:43 PM

I've just come back so I'm a bit late finding this one.
I like the way there appears to be slight blur on the knitting needles suggesting she hardly slowed down for the photo.

It's another good environmental portrait from you. Any more in the pipe-line?
Penny

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jonathanbp
jonathanbp e2 Member 694 forum postsjonathanbp vcard Indonesia
8 May 2009 - 10:51 PM

love it! - Jonathan

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nip'n'tuck
19 May 2009 - 9:25 PM

So natural, as Penny said, looks like she just carried on regardless. All been said,superb.Sylv.

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