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Two Faces

By old timer  
Two very differing faces of Prague. The top photo was taken outside a nightclub next door to our hotel - a Mercedes McLaren SLR, the basic STARTING price of which is a cool quarter of a million pounds or about $400,000. The bottom pic was taken in a narrow street just near the Old Town Square.

Makes you think, doesn't it.

Just as an addendum - at one time in my life I'd have spent my last penny buying the car I wanted, though with age and common sense this is no longer the case. Currently I drive a VW Golf GTI 2L turbo with 200bhp, which goes like **** off a shovel with a 0-60 time of 7 secs. The above machine does the same in 3.7secs - a car to die for!

Tags: Photo journalism Poverty Prague Beggar Mercedes Mclaren Riches Mercedes mclaren slr

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sunshot 13 24 United Kingdom
19 Dec 2006 3:16PM
i know which one's me lol

great capture jim, really well put toghter.


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19 Dec 2006 3:36PM
very to the point montage. gets the point across very well.
bliba Plus
12 2 Austria
19 Dec 2006 4:46PM
great montage.....well done Jim
magda_indigo 14 418 England
19 Dec 2006 5:28PM
THANX, M, (;_~)
chris-p Plus
12 67 England
19 Dec 2006 5:45PM
A very thought provoking capture..
old timer 14 55 1 Scotland
19 Dec 2006 5:48PM
Thanks, Marc, Koen, Ollie, Magda and Chris.
ColouredImages 13 47 35 United Kingdom
19 Dec 2006 5:51PM
The bottom shot brings memories of the poverty I saw in Prague flooding back to me. Nice bit of photo-journalism Jim
Like the statement Jim, well done.
JouŠo 14 56 Finland
19 Dec 2006 5:58PM
Excellent, Jim...............

KingArthur 11 8 Malta
19 Dec 2006 6:36PM
Great montage work Jim ... you really brought out the two faces this way, cleverly done.

exposure Plus
14 5.9k England
19 Dec 2006 6:40PM
A story telling well thought out image.
highlander 14 32 Scotland
19 Dec 2006 6:57PM
Yes one would conclude that it is an ill divided world we live in Jim...good jornalistic material with a quality of exposure that expresses your skills beautifully.
jaktis 14 84 Sweden
19 Dec 2006 7:19PM
Almost brutal, facts off life

old timer 14 55 1 Scotland
19 Dec 2006 7:34PM
Thanks, Mike, Ricardo, Jouko, Joe, Pauline, Doug and Peter.
Mavis Plus
16 143 2 England
19 Dec 2006 8:37PM
It's the same the whole world over ,
Isn't it a bloomin shame,
It's the rich wot's got the money,
And the poor what gets the blame !!

Both great pictures Jim .Makes you think . xxx
old timer 14 55 1 Scotland
19 Dec 2006 9:06PM
Thanks, Mavis.
lobsterboy Plus
14 14.9k 13 United Kingdom
19 Dec 2006 10:08PM
good choice of contrasts.
old timer 14 55 1 Scotland
19 Dec 2006 10:13PM
Thanks, Chris.
PatrickSmith 13 1.2k 2 United States
19 Dec 2006 10:25PM
It definitely makes you think.

I know what you mean about cars. I have a boring Honda Accord but it gets great gas mileage, is economical to maintain and easy to drive. Sure, the women don't chase after me but I'm married anyway - LOL!

tripodted 12 32 1 Northern Ireland
19 Dec 2006 10:44PM
Humbling image. Makes me feel greatful for what I have.
old timer 14 55 1 Scotland
19 Dec 2006 11:11PM
Thanks, Patrick and Ted.

Ted - aren't we all grateful?!
glazzaro 13 70 23 United States
20 Dec 2006 12:45AM
I like the stark contrast, well taken and presented! Spot on! click!!!

andytvcams 15 10.4k 1 United Kingdom
20 Dec 2006 2:15AM
Sad Times.

gajj 14 32
20 Dec 2006 4:21AM
Poignant contrast, sadly a daily occurance across the globe.
Nice to see you back to uploading Jim.
old timer 14 55 1 Scotland
20 Dec 2006 5:46AM
Thanks, Greg, Andy and Jan.
arnieg Plus
14 704 England
20 Dec 2006 7:57AM
a very poignant image with xmas coming up

davidbailie 14 457 7 United Kingdom
20 Dec 2006 10:44AM
Humbled pose - Exotic materialism

dark_lord Plus
14 2.2k 540 England
20 Dec 2006 1:38PM
Thought provoking (to some).
Stick to the VW!
old timer 14 55 1 Scotland
20 Dec 2006 2:37PM
Thanks, Dave and Keith.
paulcr 13 1.5k 9 Ireland
20 Dec 2006 2:53PM
Clicked o this yesterday but didn't comment.
An excellent statement on the class divides that exist EVERYWHERE. Paul
jan 1 14 12 Netherlands
20 Dec 2006 4:18PM
Hello Jim.
I see you are back on stage. lol
Nice dubble moral picture.
Sure the car owner will come in Heaven, when he sale this car before he died, St. Peter will accept the gift.!
20 Dec 2006 4:47PM
Great shot Jim. Makes one think,especially at this time of year.

Best wishes.

old timer 14 55 1 Scotland
20 Dec 2006 6:22PM
Thanks, Paul, Jan and Geoff.
VintageRed 12 15 1 United Kingdom
20 Dec 2006 7:29PM
Sobering thought, particularly at this time of year.
old timer 14 55 1 Scotland
20 Dec 2006 8:05PM
Thanks, Nick.
kinfatric 13 550 9 Scotland
20 Dec 2006 8:47PM
it's an ill parted world Jim...I'd settle for the Golf Smile
old timer 14 55 1 Scotland
20 Dec 2006 9:25PM
Thanks, Kin.
xinia 13 54
20 Dec 2006 10:15PM
well portrayed obscene contrasts Jim - a powerful emotive image
old timer 14 55 1 Scotland
20 Dec 2006 10:28PM
Thanks, Maggie.
pfheyes 14 254 1 United Kingdom
21 Dec 2006 8:22AM
I think this works really well, Jim. I find the bottom image particularly harrowing to view. Interesting contrasts and very evocative.

old timer 14 55 1 Scotland
21 Dec 2006 5:19PM
Thanks, Pete.
banehawi Plus
14 1.8k 3892 Canada
21 Dec 2006 7:47PM
Does make me think, - inequality, the human condition, - a timely reminder.

StevenPrice 13 30 2 England
21 Dec 2006 9:19PM
great contrast between the haves & have nots in this cruel world we live in.

old timer 14 55 1 Scotland
23 Dec 2006 8:15AM
Thanks, Willie and Steve.
KBan 13 502 4 United Kingdom
23 Dec 2006 8:41AM
Great comparison
KBan 13 502 4 United Kingdom
23 Dec 2006 8:41AM
Great comparison Jim
All the best
old timer 14 55 1 Scotland
26 Dec 2006 8:35AM
Thanks, Keith.
Gary_Macleod 13 162 Scotland
16 Feb 2007 10:31AM

kengreen 14 16 Sweden
9 Apr 2007 10:05AM
The world is full of contrasts. BTW have never heard the expression " **** off a shovel" Smile
MrVent 10 2
6 Nov 2007 5:00AM
A very meaningful picture... People buy cars that are soo expensive, you shouldn't care if it even got 1/2 mile per gallon. Oh and speaking of fuel costs and speed, the old 1976 C-111 5-cylinder turbo diesel 230HP@4400-4600rpm got 14.7mpg doing 195.4 miles per hour (imagine the mpg at 55mph?!lol), with a top speed of 211MPH 0-60 in a little over 4 seconds.

2005 Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren

Top Speed 207.00 mph

Fuel economy EPA highway (mpg) : 18 and EPA city (mpg) : 13.

I thought mercedes engine partslink removed by epz] technology was improving!

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