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Down and Out in Prague

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A second image from Prague to go with golden boots. This is a street beggar taken in Prague at the beginning of April. Different to other European cities I have been to the Beggars here generally perch on all fours with the head down and cap in extended arms.

I dropped a coin into his hat in thanks for the pictures I was about to take - on the last of threeframes I took he looked up at me. What is not apparent in the B&W conversion is his nose was bleeding heavily. The dark splashes on the floor the only visible element of his condition!

Converted in CS3 with a contrast layer added. A little bit of dodging and burning too.

Thank you for looking and please comment.

Tags: Photo journalism Black and white Portraits and people

Voters: Paree, jimmypaton, User_Removed and 38 more

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Paree 13 616 3
17 Apr 2009 8:42PM
very strong and effective work
excellently produced

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jimmypaton 9 19 Scotland
17 Apr 2009 8:44PM
fantastic shot i do feel sorry for the poor guy
This picture is unbelievable. I love it.
I am genuinely speechless, It's got such a story behind it..

A real gritty, & hard image that's well suited to monochrome
Well done Paul
17 Apr 2009 8:46PM
wow stunning image very strong !
17 Apr 2009 9:11PM
Good gritty image, you cant help but empathise with him, a real thought provoker
ConorW 13 Ireland
17 Apr 2009 9:23PM
Well done, very expressive
17 Apr 2009 9:25PM
Amazing shot, nicely captured well done!
17 Apr 2009 9:29PM
Every picture tells a story ! Great work.

Eviscera 11 1.1k 149 United Kingdom
17 Apr 2009 10:44PM
tales , excelent image

richard20d 9 115 10
17 Apr 2009 10:52PM
Cracking pic well done although it makes you wonder where is he now.......!!!
17 Apr 2009 11:11PM
A really emotive and wonderful journalistic image. The black and white conversion is just wonderful - All too sad, but a reality of life today..Jo
Stace Plus
10 2 2 England
17 Apr 2009 11:41PM
Superb image

alansdottir 9 60 7 United Kingdom
18 Apr 2009 12:05AM
Not much steals the words from my brain - but this has. Carol
Daisymaye Plus
9 23 16 Canada
18 Apr 2009 12:20AM
Oh my this is sad...what goes on that we don't usually see. Breaks your heart....Great capture .....Sandy
Diana 11 2.0k 19 Netherlands
18 Apr 2009 8:57PM
appropriately harsh and gritty
19 Apr 2009 10:44AM
A hard hitting image that makes people think.


jondf 11 2.7k
13 Aug 2009 12:30PM
Struth! Didn't realise Oliver Reed was still around Grin
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Platchet 11 5 8 Wales
17 Aug 2009 11:28PM
Brillant work, takes guts to shoot this stuff!
6 Sep 2009 10:32PM
excelent photo, very well taken. A striking portrait and realy moving. Dave.
was he really that desperate? Poor him!
Excellent shot!

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