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life on the streets

By gillouis
A homeless man in cheltenham, he asked me if I had any change and I gave him some in exchange for me being able to take some photos. he told me that he used to take art gcse at my school and explained how it all went downhill after a drink problem. Despite sitting in the cold day by day making about 3 he still managed to put a smile on his face when talking to me.

Tags: Street photography Photo journalism Black and white

Voters: colmar, G3, DanielD and 12 more

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colmar 10 42 35 Scotland
19 Feb 2010 12:09AM
The resilience of man well captured image and a good thing to do well done Colin

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Davesumner 11 28 300 Australia
19 Feb 2010 12:23AM
Louis, great image and well done for giving him some change to allow you to take his picture.

I love your composition here, the way it goes from top left through his body and into his mat as a diagonal to the bottom right. Your higher angle looking down on him sort of adds to his feeling of being down. I like your crop of the image as well, nothing in there to cause any distraction although I might have asked him to move his white towel, it's just a minor distraction.

I also like the fact that you picked B&W for this image.

Well done, keep up the good work and even though you're a Nikon user (just joking) I'm going to award you my user award for this week.

19 Feb 2010 12:29AM
thankyou very much for the feedback Smile
DanielD 8 1 United Kingdom
19 Feb 2010 12:39AM
Great poicture Louis, for me looks fabulous. I've been deep impressed by this man - you can read his drama in his eyes. Gongrats.
mudge Plus
15 1.0k 75 England
19 Feb 2010 1:42AM
A great candid portrait, which works well in B/W
Well seen and captured
CherryMartin 10 10 United States
19 Feb 2010 4:25AM
so sad, nice capture.
KarenFB Plus
12 5.0k 171 England
19 Feb 2010 7:02AM
I admire you for asking first - many would take this 'candid' from a distance! A very sad image, though it is his fault he's there, it must be very hard to live like that.
cats_123 Plus
14 4.8k 28 Northern Ireland
19 Feb 2010 8:01AM
would like to think there some help out there for alcoholism...what a waste of talent...

well captured
MrsS 11 4.5k 18 England
19 Feb 2010 8:51AM
Super portrait - a "There but for the Grace of God" image

Fran x
kaybee 14 5.8k 25 Scotland
19 Feb 2010 10:55AM
I like the shot - but I am inclined to disbelieve that he is truely homeless or that he makes 3 a day............ he has too many good quality clothes and is very unlikely to spend 1/3rd of his days takings on a plastic chrity wristband (let alone his ither bracelets).

But that does not take away from your technically very good shot
19 Feb 2010 6:53PM
thanks for the comment but equally how do you know he isnt, its my understanding that he lives in a hostal or sells the big issue. If he isnt homeless then why bother sitting in the cold everyday making penuts?
Billyray 10 70 3 United Kingdom
19 Feb 2010 7:38PM
An excellent shot, well done. What a sad story for anyone.
4 Jun 2010 7:27PM
Its 4 months since you took this photo and chatted with and showed empathy and respect for this man.

His name is Leslie Barker, he died yesterday aged 42, his body was found in a flat in Cheltenham, his death is being treated as unexplained by the police, but they have arrested 2 men in connection.

RIP Yorkie (as he was known locally).

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