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Despair

By Angi_Wallace    
Never before have I taken an image that to me means so much, one that touches me in a way that no other image has.
Today I set out to use a lens that I never use, and in a way I never shoot - street photography, simply to push my boundries, to do something outside my comfort zone, to learn and challenge myself. It was a cold, bleak rainy day, quiet by city standards on the streets of Bristol. when I came across this scene, I asked permission to take a photograph, and was granted permission following a brief explaination. I offered a warm drink and warm food which were refused and went on my way. I have not been able to stop thinking about this person all day.

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dudler Plus
13 468 908 England
12 Feb 2013 4:19PM
A very powerful picture, Angi.

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so sad great capture. christineGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin
12 Feb 2013 4:55PM
A very sad image well taken.
Sylvia
johnke 3 223 15
12 Feb 2013 5:32PM
Fantastic PJ work and exposure...John
Lillian Plus
7 22 17 United Kingdom
12 Feb 2013 6:47PM
Powerful Angi, but so very sad!
Lillian
Billyray 8 70 3 United Kingdom
12 Feb 2013 7:49PM
A sad reflection of these worrying times Angi. Had that been me there, (Heaven forbid) I would have been glad of a cup of tea in this cold weather. You did at least offer, many wouldn't have.
Ray
Irishkate Plus
6 38 102 United Kingdom
12 Feb 2013 9:29PM
Complete despair turning down the offer of food and drink.
It's worse to be left bad yourself but can one individual help?
KateGrinGrinGrin
Take-a-View 12 293 5 United Kingdom
12 Feb 2013 9:54PM
A very poignant image.
12 Feb 2013 11:53PM
This really hits home. Utter despair
Erica
macdaniel Plus
10 16 3 Netherlands
17 Feb 2013 9:52AM
Can you make a great shot of despair? It drips from the image like the streaks - are they blood or tears - on the door she sits against and the street is wet. There is only one niggle to despair you: would have liked to see her a little bit out of the center by cropping a little from the pavement.
macdaniel Plus
10 16 3 Netherlands
17 Feb 2013 9:57AM
Sorry, I just saw the image back in thumbnail and the cropping is prob not necessary; maybe you could soften the image as the thumb show less detail?

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