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Sitting in the middle of the square in front of the Centre Pompidou, this Romany woman and her dog had only a pigeon for company.
Paris is full of Rumanians and Romanies who live from hand to mouth by begging. We have the same problem in Oslo. The head of the local Romany community claims the beggars are Rumanians and not Romany travellers. No matter who they are, these beggars lived in absolute squalor under motorway bridges or other public placec that provide relief from the rain, if not the cold.
I saw one person approach this woman and give her a couple of cans of dog food, but no money.
The EU today.
Shot through the thick plate glass window of the facade, hence a tad soft.

Many thanks for the recent interest and comments. It makes an old man very happy.

Malc

Thanks for bothering.

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 5D MkIII
Lens:EF24-105mm F/4L IS USM
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:26 Sep 2012 - 12:20 PM
Focal Length:105mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/4.0
Aperture:f/9.0
Shutter Speed:1/125sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:500
Exposure Mode:manual
Metering Mode:spot metering
Flash:Off, Did not fire
White Balance:As Shot
Title:One Woman And Her Dog
Username:saltireblue saltireblue
Uploaded:9 Oct 2012 - 3:53 PM
Tags:Begging, Black & white, Centre pompidou, Dog, Paris, Pigeon
Votes:38
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NDODS
NDODS e2 Member 43250 forum postsNDODS vcard United Kingdom103 Constructive Critique Points
9 Oct 2012 - 3:57 PM

A rather sad and emotional image, however one cannot shy away from the quality of this superb documentary photograph.

Regards Nathan

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cats_123
cats_123 e2 Member 104023 forum postscats_123 vcard Northern Ireland25 Constructive Critique Points
9 Oct 2012 - 4:07 PM

at first glance I thought this is a nice architectural shot...then I noticed the lady+dog...adds a `je ne sais quoi' to the image....but isn't that the QE2 funnel in the background....suspect you're really on a cruise!! WinkSmileSmile


ps why do beggars always have dogs? Smile

Last Modified By cats_123 at 9 Oct 2012 - 4:08 PM

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TrevBatWCC
TrevBatWCC e2 Member 6TrevBatWCC vcard England8 Constructive Critique Points
9 Oct 2012 - 4:09 PM

A cracking bit of street photography, Malc - the composition really shows her isolation Wink
Trev Smile

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saeidNL
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9 Oct 2012 - 4:10 PM

Stunning and and fantastic capture indeed,very well done,
saeid

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woolybill1
woolybill1 e2 Member 7woolybill1 vcard United Kingdom65 Constructive Critique Points
9 Oct 2012 - 4:26 PM

One of those 'strange but true' observations.
A couple of years ago we had an invasion of similar women (and young boys) who had been supplied with a tattered accordion, been taught one tune (always 'The Anniversary Song', always imperfectly taught and inattentively learned) and stuck on street corners in the foulest weather to 'busk'. I doubt they made any more in Prudhoe than in Paris.

The location instantly recognisable, the sparse pedestrian traffic more of a surprise.
The b&w excellent - no surprise at all.
Regards
Bill


Quote: isn't that the QE2 funnel in the background.

It's one of the ventilators for an underground car park, I believe.

Last Modified By woolybill1 at 9 Oct 2012 - 4:27 PM

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SUE118
SUE118 e2 Member 6SUE118 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
9 Oct 2012 - 4:30 PM

You aren't that old Malc are you? Great shot but a sad story.

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LynneJoyce
LynneJoyce e2 Member 6LynneJoyce vcard United Kingdom98 Constructive Critique Points
9 Oct 2012 - 4:49 PM

A deeply sad, incredibly evocative shot.

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AnnChown
AnnChown e2 Member 4183 forum postsAnnChown vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
9 Oct 2012 - 5:09 PM

What a life - I can't imagine being reduced to this and hope I never will be. How lucky I wasn't dealt her card at birth.
Ann

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Fefe
Fefe e2 Member 2Fefe vcard United Kingdom29 Constructive Critique Points
9 Oct 2012 - 5:19 PM


Quote: You aren't that old Malc are you? Great shot but a sad story.

Of course he isn't ..................... He remembers Bill and Ben and Little Weed and then has the cheek to say I am too young to remember itSad............................... Just let him mention the WoodentopsWink I can get a solicitor too you know Malc...........
Mind you he didn't mention the fact that he was 18 when he was watching Bill and BenWinkGrin Flubberdub!
Diane

I might upload a nice highland cow soonWinkSmile

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franken
franken e2 Member 123136 forum postsfranken vcard Wales4 Constructive Critique Points
9 Oct 2012 - 5:23 PM

Excellent street shot Malc!

Ken

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lifesnapper
lifesnapper e2 Member 8lifesnapper vcard England1 Constructive Critique Points
9 Oct 2012 - 5:59 PM

I like the way you've composed this shot Malc, great stuff.

John Smile

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Scottishlandscapes
Scottishlandscapes e2 Member 1068 forum postsScottishlandscapes vcard Scotland35 Constructive Critique Points
9 Oct 2012 - 6:25 PM

Sadly this scene is enacted across the world, it's sad, but it's big business. Not all these people are homeless, many are bussed into the city centres and make a decent amount of money. I kid you not, they all but took over the Big Issue selling in Glasgow. They come from Romania and around and they are organised, (some of them) not all, but enough to chase most of the genuine article off the streets.
Giving food for the dog sounds a good way to get the message across that we think they are chancers, some of course are drug atticts. (Another story)

Sorry to rant on your image as it does tell a story Malc, it's easy to be casual about poverty with a roof over your head.

Dougie


God help anybody sitting under that vent!!!

Last Modified By Scottishlandscapes at 9 Oct 2012 - 6:26 PM

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WhiteRose1
WhiteRose1 e2 Member 41055 forum postsWhiteRose1 vcard England136 Constructive Critique Points
9 Oct 2012 - 7:24 PM

The space surrounding her just increases the emotiveness of the image. Unfortunately, I know that many of these can actually get more doing this than working.

Dave

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taggart
taggart e2 Member 1042 forum poststaggart vcard United States12 Constructive Critique Points
9 Oct 2012 - 7:37 PM

Very brave to sit in the middle of the street-- She looks so alone all by herself!

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mrswoolybill
mrswoolybill Critique Team 7436 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom1024 Constructive Critique Points
9 Oct 2012 - 7:57 PM

Beautifully composed (verticals, horizontals, space). The individual lost in a big world. This is one of my very favourite places for people-watching, glad you found it!


Quote: Many thanks for the recent interest.... It makes an old man very happy.

Just what expressions of interest have you been receiving?? Wink
Moira

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Rock
Rock e2 Member 12Rock vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
9 Oct 2012 - 9:22 PM

Nay bother Lad.

It's nice to go abroad and listen to all chatter in different languages as it reminds one of home.

Rock

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SlowSong
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9 Oct 2012 - 9:56 PM

This really illustrates her isolation.
x

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jasonrwl
jasonrwl e2 Member 4137 forum postsjasonrwl vcard United Kingdom7 Constructive Critique Points
10 Oct 2012 - 7:15 AM

Brilliant composition Malc - the low position of the subject in the frame really enhances the feeling of isolation. Great work
Jason

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danbrann
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10 Oct 2012 - 2:38 PM

Sad but true.

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mikbee
mikbee e2 Member 7mikbee vcard Scotland7 Constructive Critique Points
11 Oct 2012 - 3:26 PM

Good bit of street photography Malc.
Love the periscope from the Russian submarine that has got lost !!
Mick.

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22 Nov 2012 - 8:37 PM

You've conveyed her sene of loneliness and isolation so well in this superbly composed street scene

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