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A LESSON IN HUMILITY

By cymru2019
I went one Saturday morning in 2014 to a charity event organised by the British Red Cross. The event was raising money for BRC by people abseiling down the side of a church from its tower. Not having a head for heights but a camera it was safety first. Then I saw this gentleman. Let's describe him as a down and out. Because I had a long lens attached I started taking pictures of him and then I noticed the lostness in his eyes. And then it came to me. What on earth was I doing taking pictures of him when there was food and drink in the church for those attending. So I went over to him and apologised for not thinking of his needs first and asked him would he like something like toast and tea which he readily said yes to. He told me his name was Peter. This was a lesson learnt not to be forgotten. The picture was taken in colour and converted into B & W by Silver Efex.

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chase Plus
15 2.1k 562 England
8 Jun 2020 9:19PM
You captured him beautifully David, he does have that empty look in his eyes.
Well converted with plenty of detail.
8 Jun 2020 9:24PM
Thank you Janet for your comments. David
8 Jun 2020 9:41PM
That was a wonderful act of kindness, David .......... and very much appreciated, too!
A superb portrait of Peter.
He has a Richard Burton look about him, I think!

RichardSmile
capto Plus
9 6.6k 25 United Kingdom
8 Jun 2020 9:54PM
Great shot, it captures more than just a face.Smile
ivor
8 Jun 2020 9:57PM
Thanks to you Richard and Ivor for your kind comments. David
8 Jun 2020 10:49PM
A great portrait and interesting description.
8 Jun 2020 10:51PM
Thank you Francis! David
mac Plus
19 12 Scotland
8 Jun 2020 11:35PM
A good human interest story and a super image of the gentleman as well. He does have a look of helplessness in his eyes, as if asking for help.
Ian
Daisymaye Plus
12 23 19 Canada
9 Jun 2020 12:15AM
He has the look of having given up. He probably appreciated having someone care about him. A very good b&w portrait.
9 Jun 2020 12:46AM
Cracking photo, seems to covey the story of someone down on their luck so well.
Glad you did your bit to help that day, six years on and still thinking abut him, I wonder where he is now?
Robert51 12 7 121 United Kingdom
9 Jun 2020 8:39AM
What a great image and "lesson learnt"...

Reminds me of Liam Neeson and as in Taken the look says - "I Will Look For You, I Will Find You...And I Will Kill You"
9 Jun 2020 10:13AM
Thanks to Ian, Sandra ( Daisymaye ), Sandra ( Number9 ) for your comments. David
9 Jun 2020 10:15AM
And thank you to Robert as well. David
sparrowhawk Plus
12 282 2 United Kingdom
9 Jun 2020 11:15AM
wonderful shot you captured the torture in his eyes !! love it
9 Jun 2020 11:59AM
Thanks Steve! David
dudler Plus
17 1.6k 1835 England
9 Jun 2020 12:23PM
There was (and will be again) a group in Walsall that set up hot drinks and pot noodles for all comers on a Friday evening, in the car park of a town-centre church.

And below the surface, there are numerous other groups in churches (and mosques, temples and synagogues) that are quietly ministering to the needy. I'd bet that wherever you are, there's some group providing what society as a whole does not.

What we need, though, is a government that is prepared to do what it takes to look after the outcasts of society, the casualties. After ten years of systematic cuts to social services and benefits, it's time for a change...
9 Jun 2020 7:05PM
Thanks John for making these comments. In St. John's Gospel Chapter 12 verse 8 he said " You will always have the poor with you, but you will not always have me". God did not design the world for some people to be poor. That has been the design of sinful mankind in that the rich are always happy to have others around in poverty. Jesus was also advocating we should be helping the poor. You are right John our Government should have policies in place that help the poor more and more. But sad to say the rich do not see it that way. If the Government made a decision to increase income tax for those earning over £ 100,000 a year to help to pay for facilities to help the poor there would be outrage in some circles. David
9 Jun 2020 7:15PM
I do not know who you are " BiffoClick". I have just tried to send you a PM thanking you for the grant of your UA for this upload, but you have your messages disabled. Nevertheless I appreciate your encouragement. David
Lillian Plus
11 23 17 United Kingdom
9 Jun 2020 9:28PM
David a very exceptional portrait
beautifully converted to mono
a lesson we could all learn.. thinking!!
9 Jun 2020 11:04PM
You have captured him beautifully David and the sadness in his eyes tells you what his life is like..Lin
10 Jun 2020 3:11AM
As humans, we all have our individual dignity....not everyone rcognizes it. Good for you to see that., and not just a. Great portrait, David.

Peter
10 Jun 2020 3:26AM
Thanks for your comments Lin and Peter. David
It’s a great image and reminds us all that not every one has a happy life home food warmth and family
It’s easy to turn away not wanting to acknowledge those less fortunate than ourselves it’s also heartwarming
That people give up,their time and money to provide a service that our non existent social care cannot
Through lack of money and resources.

But there are two sides to a coin in my city there are a lot of homeless people, in particular one
Who was over 6ft and sat most days in the market place his history was that he came from a very good family was a brilliant mathematical genius but had a nervous breakdown.
His family new where he was and begged him to come home but he never did sadly he died
One bitterly cold night so you see unless you know the background it’s best not to judge.

Carole
11 Jun 2020 8:41AM
Carole, you are absolutely right. Where Peter came from, why he was on the road and where he is today I have no knowledge of. Whilst I gave him some food and drink I did not do something else. I failed to tell him that Jesus loved him dearly. That Christ, being God, had come into the world to take the punishment for his sins and to give him a new life of love in forgiveness. That struck home to me when I was uploading the photo onto EPZ.. In today's times when all seems to be falling apart may the Lord grant me the strength and wisdom and His love to share His message with others. David
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dudler Plus
17 1.6k 1835 England
11 Jun 2020 10:03PM
David, my take on it is that your care for him was an expression of that love. Evangelists who speak of love and stand aside are no earthly - or heavenly - sue.
11 Jun 2020 10:21PM
Sue - assuming you are John's wife - you are saying what Jesus said. Or as in the Epistle of James reads " Faith without works is dead." Yet we are also told to share the gospel with others. So both go hand in hand. I am grateful for what you have written. David
dudler Plus
17 1.6k 1835 England
12 Jun 2020 8:35AM
Sorry, David - keyboard error. 'sue' should be 'use', as you obviously realised.
10 Dec 2020 2:48PM
A great shot David you captured him really well.
10 Dec 2020 3:21PM
Thankyou Running Man. David
Tynnwrlluniau Plus
11 112 38 Wales
18 Dec 2020 8:50AM
Excellent portrait - he has that, ‘I see you, but my mind is elsewhere’, soulful look.
Still catching up with images I’ve missed, David!
Alun
18 Dec 2020 9:17AM
Thanks Alun. David
27 Jan 2021 8:08PM
You are a man of kindness like myself. A great capture makes a point to what s happening in the UK today we need to get things right and give people hope we need to try harder to stop this fallout from greed .Have a nice day mate take care and keep taking good pictures a picture can speak a thousand words.
Robert.
27 Jan 2021 9:03PM
I am lost for what you have to say Robert. David
28 Jan 2021 10:36AM

Quote:You are a man of kindness like myself. A great capture

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