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Somewhere In Between

By AnneWorner  
I've been sitting on this one a while. Some of you will recognize Tore.

It might look posed, but it's not. If memory serves, this is the last time I saw Tore. He was leaning up against this wall looking quite miserable. I walked up and started to take my shot when he looked up. Most times, when he used to see me, he would strike a pose, then hold out his hand and ask if I had any money to spare.

I think he is still alive. Mother claims to have seen him from the bus one day, but he was frequenting another part of town.

He is not homeless, he has a small bedsit, and a small stipend, which doesn't seem to stretch for every need.

After I took this, I went and got us some coffee and we sat on a bench in the park and talked for a while - and when I left I handed him a 100 kroner note.

I really like him, he is such a gentle soul, and I wish he had a better quality of life.

Thanks for looking,


Published as the centerfold image in Bergens Tidende Magasinet, September 5, 2015; an article commemorating the life and death of Tore Syvert Moen aka Smilet/Smiley. Rest in peace.

Tags: Photo journalism General Black and white Portraits and people

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28 Dec 2013 1:14AM
Oh Anne, this is wonderful; as is your story. What I like especially is the capture being only a split second before he allowed the camera to affect his expression and therefore you have his natural, human grace. Bravo, just beautiful ~ Bernard

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nonur Plus
9 17 13 Turkey
28 Dec 2013 2:05AM
28 Dec 2013 2:19AM
Great mono with excellent details
User_Removed 4 10 4 United Kingdom
28 Dec 2013 4:19AM
The world can be a cruel place for the homeless and the elderly, it takes special people to help them and make their plight a little less of a struggle. Great shot with a interesting background.thanks for sharing.

28 Dec 2013 4:54AM
A very powerful picture and story.
CarolG Plus
11 199 20 Greece
28 Dec 2013 6:26AM
A stunning portrait, Anne, I do hope he is still with you, and that you will get more opportunities to photograph him. Carol
28 Dec 2013 7:36AM
With your hand, cover just the right ( his left ) side of the face... you see sadness.
Now cover just the left ( his right ) ... you see strength.
So, not quite defeated yet.

A very intense portrait, expertly crafted.

A really strong portrait. Thanks for sharing the story with it.
jaktis Plus
14 84 Sweden
28 Dec 2013 8:18AM
Another great portrait of Tore, but he looks tired

A touching character portrait.

mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1856 United Kingdom
28 Dec 2013 8:46AM
Good, very good, sadness plus grim determination because I guess that's what he has always known. It's a portrait that comes out of rapport, respect.
The 50/50 split of the background is interesting and can be viewed in so many ways. It reminds me a bit of Nikita Khrushchev's grave in the Novodevechy cemetery in Moscow, he's the only one of the former Soviet leaders not to be buried in the Kremlin walls. It is a mix of black and white stone blocks, it was designed by an architect whom he had persecuted but then been reconciled with.
franken Plus
15 4.5k 4 United Kingdom
28 Dec 2013 10:11AM
Superb character study!

28 Dec 2013 10:29AM
A brilliant character shot Anne, VERY well done indeed.

John Smile
scrimmy Plus
9 388 5 Scotland
28 Dec 2013 10:45AM
superb portraiture and loving the background.. a bit yin and yang there Smile
rontear Plus
14 8 8 England
28 Dec 2013 10:52AM
A face that tells a hundred stories Anne, worthy black and white. Characterful.
28 Dec 2013 10:54AM
Good shot. Works well in monochrome and love the composition.
richmowil Plus
9 334 2 England
28 Dec 2013 11:19AM
A clever, well thought through, image!! First Class!!
saltireblue Plus
7 7.5k 33 Norway
28 Dec 2013 12:57PM
Black and white.
The divide between the haves and the have nots. Despite his problems, he chooses to be on the 'have' side.
I hope all is well with him, Anne.
This is a magnificent character shot, and perfectly composed.

Daisymaye Plus
9 23 13 Canada
28 Dec 2013 1:19PM
An excellent mono portrait.
mikbee Plus
10 3 8 Scotland
28 Dec 2013 1:56PM
Yes,I do recall this gentleman Anne.
Wonderful facial detail.
Excellent shot.
JawDborn Plus
6 1.1k 1 England
28 Dec 2013 4:13PM
Great shot and commentary..

You're a good 'un!Smile
AnnChown Plus
8 203 1 United Kingdom
28 Dec 2013 7:08PM
A very moving portrait and description of Tore, Anne.
28 Dec 2013 11:28PM incredible portrait/photo.
- source
annettep38 Plus
6 218 40 Costa Rica
29 Dec 2013 10:57PM
looks like an amzing character. Hope he had a good meal with your gift!
Quite stunning.

The tonal range and detail are utterly splendid.

Tremendously good portrait.

And good luck to the guy, he looks like he needs some.
gajewski Plus
13 10 9 United States
8 Jan 2014 11:53PM
Anne, fist of all -- this is an exquisite shot with perfect processing.
Second -- I really enjoyed the narrative you included.
Dave87 Plus
10 42 5 England
17 Feb 2014 8:47PM
The use of mono and the excellent lighting brings out the very best Anne.

A male portrait of the finest order.

Love it.


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