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Joline Plus
12 30 53 United States
23 Jun 2012 1:15PM
Such a sad state of affairs...he has certainly seen all the troubles.

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pascalg Plus
10 37 France
23 Jun 2012 1:21PM
excellent, colourful image
morpheus1955 11 3 2 United Kingdom
23 Jun 2012 1:25PM
Super candid portrait, great composition and somehow for me he fits into the urban decay that surrounds him, if that makes any sense.............. probably not but i know what i mean Smile

franken Plus
15 4.6k 4 United Kingdom
23 Jun 2012 1:26PM
Wonderful candid Ann.

bobsblues 8 10 2 United Kingdom
23 Jun 2012 1:28PM
The reality of life in some a countries well captured shot Ann .
jdinne 15 16 England
23 Jun 2012 1:36PM
Excellent capture Ann, he seems to have the worries of the world upon him.

tonyng 8 10 2 United Kingdom
23 Jun 2012 1:37PM
Great work Ann. Great tonal and colour mix too. Smile
mikbee 11 3 8 Scotland
23 Jun 2012 1:46PM
A super shot Ann.
(And that filter might have brightened up my recent upload a bit !!)
23 Jun 2012 1:59PM
I like this 'un because as I examine it, the outline of a story seems to unfold. First there's the sad guy himself, and then as my eye starts to roam it picks up the decay beyond him. Then my gaze lands on the "picnic" by the leg of his chair and it seems to say "he has nowhere else to go and anyway, no reason for going".

AnnChown Plus
8 207 1 United Kingdom
23 Jun 2012 2:02PM

Quote:I like this 'un because as I examine it, the outline of a story seems to unfold. First there's the sad guy himself, and then as my eye starts to roam it picks up the decay beyond him. Then my gaze lands on the "picnic" by the leg of his chair and it seems to say "he has nowhere else to go and anyway, no reason for going".


Thanks Malcolm!! SmileSmile
SlowSong Plus
9 7.4k 30 England
23 Jun 2012 2:11PM
Top shot.
23 Jun 2012 2:29PM
Super,well composed image Ann,
23 Jun 2012 2:35PM
Well captured Ann
NDODS 7 5.1k 125 United Kingdom
23 Jun 2012 2:40PM
A very beautiful well composed photograph, full of all the right ingredients, and so many more.

Regards Nathan
RonnieAG Plus
8 154 118 Scotland
23 Jun 2012 2:45PM
A look of utter dejection and heavy worldly cares seem to characterise this elderly chap, Ann, and no wonder given the surroundings in which he's seated. Again, what strikes me as fascinating is that children in such situations always manage laugh and play whereas the adults look totally worn down and unable to overcome the desolation around them.
A very fine candid capture, Ann.
CaroleS Plus
8 433 3 United Kingdom
23 Jun 2012 3:15PM
I always find it amazing that even in the most run down drab conditions, the colours they are dressed in are always so vibrant (this chap's shoes are pristinely white). Sitting there musing on a chair that is missing at least one leg and is propped on that crate, it is a very poignant image Ann.
marktc Plus
7 101 15 United Kingdom
23 Jun 2012 3:15PM
Can't hypothesise about who or what he is thinking of but to me he just looks tired, very tired!
KingBee Plus
12 529 2 Scotland
23 Jun 2012 3:22PM
A wonderful study in despair, is my (hopefully wrong) impression here. Who knows what's going on in his head? Excellent capture.


...and sometimes I just sits....

Is he a shoeshine waiting for business?

Lillian Plus
9 22 17 United Kingdom
23 Jun 2012 3:30PM
I fully agree with all these comments Ann, and especially Ronnies
How does he feel I wonder? in a safe world of his own maybe?
another outstanding image on 'life'
Jasper87 Plus
8 2.0k 150 England
23 Jun 2012 3:35PM
Melancholic, careworn, poignant, despair, sad..... maybe some or all of these apply, but he looks clean, and his clothes are clean not threadbare. I think he is just world-weary. You have produced an image which conveys great emotion, Ann. Excellent work.

speybay 13 4 United Kingdom
23 Jun 2012 3:35PM
Great shot, i say its really great shot thanks for posting it.

23 Jun 2012 4:18PM
Smashing comp' Ann, and the colours the guy's wearing really adds to the interest.

John Smile
zapar40 8 66 5 Wales
23 Jun 2012 4:32PM
after 20 years he still not told his wife the factorys closed down!!. a great scene that tells many stories, stunning reportage capture.
jonwebber 9 4 1 United Kingdom
23 Jun 2012 6:26PM
Very melancholic. But brightly attired, maybe he is bemoaning his lack of sunglasses.
So much to look at in this image.. The wash bag really said it all for me.. So much narrative you could apply to this capture.. Wonderful. I will keep re-visiting
andylea 9 37 1 United Kingdom
23 Jun 2012 6:49PM
fantastic detail ann brilliant colours and tones a belter nice one Wink
1881 6 India
23 Jun 2012 6:58PM
Brilliant work.
23 Jun 2012 7:08PM
I hadn't seen the wash bag. This photo keeps getting better every time I look at it.
bricurtis 12 2.2k 49 England
23 Jun 2012 7:15PM
Superb Ann. It is amazing how clean and new his clothing is - obviously takes pride in his appearance despite the squalor that surrounds him.
9 10 10 England
23 Jun 2012 8:02PM
To survive in such depressing surroundings deserves a medal. Wonder what he's thinking? An excellent image.
pamelajean Plus
12 1.1k 2024 United Kingdom
23 Jun 2012 8:26PM
Maybe there are public baths behind those gates and he's waiting for them to openGrin?
gingerdelight 11 298 11 United Kingdom
23 Jun 2012 9:24PM
A powerful, moving study Ann.
EAS 9 1 13 Scotland
24 Jun 2012 4:27AM
Think it's all been said before me!

posty57 10 6 2 United Kingdom
24 Jun 2012 5:31AM
Beautifully spotted and captured. Down, but not quite out...

fentiger Plus
17 918 24 England
24 Jun 2012 7:23AM
Super character study.

ChiliMan 11 135 17 Singapore
24 Jun 2012 3:51PM
Beautifully taken and processed, Ann.

I love the colourfulness of his garb against all that dilapidation.

jasonrwl Plus
8 1.1k 10 United Kingdom
24 Jun 2012 6:01PM
This is another wonderful image Ann - so much atmosphere
saltireblue Plus
8 8.1k 33 Norway
24 Jun 2012 6:57PM
Rather than reflecting, I get the impression of resignation, Ann. Sitting outsside a chained and locked local, sitting on a makeshift one-legged chair and a box with all he owns in his hands and on the ground beside him.
Acceptance for his situation as he relaises he has no hope of anything better.
Worth an award for the story rather than the technical qualities of the image.

annettep38 Plus
7 218 40 Costa Rica
24 Jun 2012 11:29PM
A sad image... Very well composed.
25 Jun 2012 6:01PM
It is a sad image,a wonderful image Ann..Lin
gajewski Plus
13 10 9 United States
25 Jun 2012 6:22PM
Forgive me for not taking the time to list all the things I love about this shot. I'll just say that it deserves the UA.

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