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Today I marched with the students of my country. They were protesting because some of their fellow students were imprisoned for protesting in another city. At the moment I left there had been 3 attempts against the march on the part of armed groups sponsored and protected by the government. Approximately 15 minutes later the attacks started. I was on my way home using the subway. I took 300 pictures of this awesome crowd of young, bright, hopeful, lovely people. Now one of them is dead (shot to the head) and one of the gangsters as well.
This will not end well, that's the only sure thing in this poor country of mine.
Marian

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon Powershot SX160 IS
Lens:5.0 - 80.0 mm (35 mm equivalent: 28.1 - 450.0 mm)
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:12 Feb 2014 - 11:08 AM
Focal Length:80mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/5.9
Aperture:f/8.0
Shutter Speed:1/200sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:100
Metering Mode:Evaluative
Flash:Off, Did not fire
White Balance:Auto
Title:Worried
Username:Potra Potra
Uploaded:12 Feb 2014 - 10:26 PM
Tags:Caracas, Man, Portraits / people, Venezuela, Venezuelan Flag, Window
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whatriveristhis
whatriveristhis e2 Member 167 forum postswhatriveristhis vcard England79 Constructive Critique Points
12 Feb 2014 - 10:57 PM

I don't know what to say, Marian, your story is so profoundly shocking and very moving. I sit here in my nice safe democracy and all I have to worry about is the weather... I cannot imagine what it must be like to be in such a situation as you describe. To live and work in such conditions must be so difficult, especially for one as sensitive and creative as yourself, and all I can say is that you have all my admiration and respect.
Please stay safe.

Alan

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nonur
nonur e2 Member 6nonur vcard Turkey8 Constructive Critique Points
12 Feb 2014 - 11:03 PM

It seems that we've been sharing a similar fate, Marian. What a waste of life and energy. Well seen and shot.

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Irishkate
Irishkate e2 Member 431 forum postsIrishkate vcard United Kingdom76 Constructive Critique Points
12 Feb 2014 - 11:06 PM

An excellent image Marian with his worried expression and showing his colours.
We are fortunate to be free to express ourselves.
Kate GrinGrinGrin

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Nikonuser1
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12 Feb 2014 - 11:12 PM

A great spot and capture Marian, Alan has summed it up very well, I reiterate, Please stay safe.


Cliff

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NDODS
NDODS e2 Member 43684 forum postsNDODS vcard United Kingdom107 Constructive Critique Points
12 Feb 2014 - 11:14 PM

Great reportage imagery, following on from an interesting narrative.

Regards NathanGrinGrinGrin

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DicksPics
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12 Feb 2014 - 11:30 PM

Keep safe, Marian - a moving image and thought provoking write up.
Richard

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rontear
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13 Feb 2014 - 12:11 AM

Reportage image, a face of concern. As stated Marian, thought provoking.
Ron

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taggart
taggart e2 Member 1042 forum poststaggart vcard United States12 Constructive Critique Points
13 Feb 2014 - 2:08 AM

Alan has stated it so well, I do hope you keep yourself safe and things can change for your country! I will be thinking about these tragic days and wish to hear from you often so that we know you are safe!

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Daisymaye
Daisymaye e2 Member 6Daisymaye vcard Canada9 Constructive Critique Points
13 Feb 2014 - 2:31 AM

A thoughtful and very concerned expression captured Marion. Watch out, you can't be too careful.

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ddolfelin
ddolfelin e2 Member 354 forum postsddolfelin vcard Wales2 Constructive Critique Points
13 Feb 2014 - 6:19 AM

Take great care, Marian.
Good picture today but don't take chances.

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CarolG
CarolG e2 Member 8147 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece18 Constructive Critique Points
13 Feb 2014 - 6:37 AM

A very sad state of affairs, Marian, Venezuela is such a beautiful country. Do take care when out and about with your camera, your safety must come first. Carol

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Dowie
Dowie e2 Member 1Dowie vcard United Kingdom4 Constructive Critique Points
13 Feb 2014 - 8:16 AM

Keep safe and keep taking these shots, it has a touch of colour that tells a story.

Di

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woolybill1
woolybill1 e2 Member 8woolybill1 vcard United Kingdom65 Constructive Critique Points
13 Feb 2014 - 9:19 AM

Your deep concern also shows in this man's face.
I am profoundly concerned on your behalf and that of your country and would like to express my solidarity with you. Alan's words are also my thoughts.
Warm regards
Bill

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mrswoolybill
mrswoolybill Critique Team 8530 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom1094 Constructive Critique Points
13 Feb 2014 - 9:25 AM

Wishing you strength, and courage.
Moira

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bluesandtwos
bluesandtwos e2 Member 544 forum postsbluesandtwos vcard England1 Constructive Critique Points
13 Feb 2014 - 9:45 AM

As said by others here we worry over work (or lack of), weather and moronic hypocritical politicians but our petty troubles pale into insignificance when you read things such as this,

A great picture but so much more important is that you stay safe, the conflicts will eventually pass. Good luck and stay safe.

Dave

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dudler
dudler Critique Team 11164 forum postsdudler vcard England391 Constructive Critique Points
13 Feb 2014 - 2:36 PM

I have come to think of justice and fairness existing simply (and only) because some of us choose to impose order on the world.

In Britain, it's easy to be complacent: we let others do the work. Elsewhere, people know that things will only improve (and stay) better if they constantly stand up for what is right.

I cannot begin to say how much I admire the courage of those who do this. Whether motivated by their religion (and all women and men of faith and love can stand together, irrespective of divisions) or love of friends and family, they are heroes. I pray for their continuing courage, for their safety, and for the outcome of their work.

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fentiger
fentiger e2 Member 13915 forum postsfentiger vcard England22 Constructive Critique Points
13 Feb 2014 - 3:21 PM

A fine candid capture Marian.

Albert

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dark_lord
dark_lord Critique Team 101507 forum postsdark_lord vcard England145 Constructive Critique Points
13 Feb 2014 - 8:21 PM

Can't add much else to what others have said, apart from the fact it's always the ordinary people that suffer.
Your picture is poingant.

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Rhoufi
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13 Feb 2014 - 10:58 PM

Thank you Marian, for reporting on this, for getting word out... we hear little of what happens in your country. In the hands of the right person a camera is a powerful weapon against tyranny and injustice. I hope your recording of this day does not put you at risk in anyway. Please be careful. Yiur photo is as sensitive as it is important. My thoughts are with you and the good people of your country.
~ Bernard

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13 Feb 2014 - 11:34 PM

An amazing capture of emotion.
- source

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gajewski
gajewski e2 Member 10gajewski vcard United States9 Constructive Critique Points
14 Feb 2014 - 1:01 AM

Marian,
This is an image that speaks volumes. I agree with so much of what has been posted already. As Bernard mentioned, "thank you for getting the news out to the world."
And, I agree with what Alan so eloquently stated. You do have my strongest admiration.
Be careful and diligent, my friend.
-=\Walter

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ColleenA
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14 Feb 2014 - 3:47 AM

A very sad story...we had a protest march in Johannesburg today demanding the Government to find jobs as unemployment sits at 25%, sadly it also ended in shooting....luckily I live in Cape Town where it is safe and wonderful to live....keep safe

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Potra
Potra e2 Member 1Potra vcard Venezuela
14 Feb 2014 - 3:56 AM


Quote: A very sad story...we had a protest march in Johannesburg today demanding the Government to find jobs as unemployment sits at 25%, sadly it also ended in shooting....luckily I live in Cape Town where it is safe and wonderful to live....keep safe

It is so sad that we have to be thankful for having our rights respected and preserved.
I guess that's the way the world functions but that doesn't mean I have to like it.
Thanks Colleen, your words make it less lonely here.
Marian

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handlerstudio
handlerstudio e2 Member 2handlerstudio vcard United States7 Constructive Critique Points
14 Feb 2014 - 5:23 AM

This is a remarkable photo, particularly in local context. We are not hearing about this in the US, Marian. Thank you for reporting on this. Such marches can get dangerous. Your country, as I have understood, has not been so good to the people at the bottom, for all of the petri-wealth. A beautiful, and difficult place to be right now. Take care of yourself.

Peter

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gallero
gallero e2 Member 3gallero vcard Venezuela
15 Feb 2014 - 3:51 AM

Una foto muy periodistica te puedes imaginar los que esta pensando el seņor..Muy buena.

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