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The Refugee

By Henchard  
An elderly Tibetan refugee, living in a refugee centre in northern India, knits handicrafts for a living. With a photograph of happier days on the wall behind her she must long to return to her homeland.

Nearby words of the Dalai Lama sum up much of our world today.

"We have bigger houses but smaller families;
More conveniences, but less time;
We have more degrees, but less sense;
More knowledge, but less judgement;
More experts, but more problems;
More medicines, but less healthiness;
Weve been all the way to the moon and back, but have trouble crossing the street to meet the new neighbour.
We build more computers to hold more information to produce more copies than ever but have less communication.
We have become long on quantity, but short on quality.
These are times of fast foods but slow digestion;
Tall men but short character;
Steep profits but shallow relationships.
Its a time when there is much in the window, but nothing in the room."

Tags: Photo journalism Landscape and travel Portraits and people

Voters: Oliverpants, qosmio, JPOfford and 43 more

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qosmio 13 2 United Kingdom
23 Mar 2009 7:24PM
Great photo - subject so full of character.
cooky Plus
18 6 8 United Kingdom
23 Mar 2009 7:47PM
Excellent and worthy of more attention.

riprap007 18 1.6k 37 England
23 Mar 2009 7:53PM
very fine PJ portrait
DOGSBODY 14 1.4k 30 England
23 Mar 2009 7:58PM
A cracking picture and very profound words. Andy
User_Removed 18 17.9k 8 Norway
23 Mar 2009 8:15PM
Superb John. My Compliments.
23 Mar 2009 9:01PM
What a lovely portrait. Well done, Joyce
Tigress 14 Scotland
23 Mar 2009 9:16PM
Great character choice and very wise words
madbilly 14 1 4 England
23 Mar 2009 9:57PM
When I saw the thumbnail I thought it was good. When I viewed it I was right, when I went to f11 WOW.

You should be proud of this foto, it is superbly detailed a definite winner, have my award for this week
lesgoodey 17 5 1 England
24 Mar 2009 12:14AM
ARJones 16 103 3 United Kingdom
24 Mar 2009 2:48AM
Just excellent! Would love to see this in mono? Great words.

stevie 18 1.2k 2 United Kingdom
24 Mar 2009 5:59AM
Nice capture of her expression
If I was to make one point, I think the light is just a little bit harsh but otherwise I like this a lot
kitsch 16 439 4 United Kingdom
24 Mar 2009 10:03PM
wonderful shot!
and the words.... so true
Mynett 14 142 6 United Kingdom
24 Mar 2009 10:07PM
I love the words which go alonside this very thought provoking image, it is so very true. You have captured a special moment in time here.

StevenPrice 18 30 2 England
26 Mar 2009 10:12AM
superb colours & detail great work.

cassiecat 14 39 46 England
29 Mar 2009 4:05PM
excellent work.lesley
pennyspike 19 2.1k 29 United Kingdom
12 Apr 2009 4:43PM
I've just come back so I'm a bit late finding this one.
I like the way there appears to be slight blur on the knitting needles suggesting she hardly slowed down for the photo.

It's another good environmental portrait from you. Any more in the pipe-line?
jonathanbp 14 99 Thailand
8 May 2009 10:51PM
love it! - Jonathan
User_Removed 18 4 11 England
19 May 2009 9:25PM
So natural, as Penny said, looks like she just carried on regardless. All been said,superb.Sylv.

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