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The Other side of Life

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A third image on the Beggars of Prague. Wherever you go you find hardship and poverty. This was the first of the Prague Beggars I came across that was sat as opposed to crouching on all fours with head bowed and cap outstretched. I left him some coins following taking some pictures but he did not move. His head was badly scarred and it made me wonder that aside from having nothing these people must face other terrible things.
This was taken on the steps that take you up from the old town to the Cathedral and Castle. Tourists making their way past this fellow were giving him a wide berth and a group of Chinese tourists took photos of him from a good distance yet made no attempt to drop him some pennies for their intrusion. He appeared to be a source of amusement for them which I found to be quite sad.

Please comment and thank you for taking the time to look - this is part of a short series and the third one.

Tags: Photo journalism Black and white Portraits and people

Voters: JohnDyer, digipix76, User_Removed and 25 more

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JohnDyer 12 67 2 United Kingdom
18 Apr 2009 11:02AM
well thought out


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DOGSBODY 9 1.4k 30 England
18 Apr 2009 11:35AM
There but for good fortune go I. Very well captured. Andy
LynneJoyce Plus
9 20 99 United Kingdom
18 Apr 2009 11:42AM
Excellent social commentary and mono is perfect for this.
Buffalo_Tom 11 2.3k 9 Wales
18 Apr 2009 1:06PM
Fabulous candid image but....Oh so tragic.
Daisymaye Plus
9 23 16 Canada
18 Apr 2009 2:57PM
Awesome image....Sandy
Cor 9 Belgium
18 Apr 2009 3:11PM
Very well captured- Effective in B-W.
A tragic live.
19 Apr 2009 10:46AM
Another excellent image that makes you think.


31 May 2014 5:37AM
Your B&W processing is fabulous.
A powerful image.

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