Because there was no room at the inn

By mrswoolybill
Boulevard de Sébastopol, Paris. I worry about taking pictures like this, when I've just had a good lunch and there's a cosy room waiting for me tonight. But every year I make an appeal on behalf of the excellent charity Crisis. I'm not allowed to give a link but Google will take you to them... They give constructive, positive, practical help to the homeless all year round, and seasonal cheer at Christmas.
My best wishes to Pete, the staff and everyone who's still around on this wonderful site. Have a good Christmas folks.
Thanks for looking,

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pascalg Plus
13 37 1 France
23 Dec 2011 8:13AM
excellent angle : two people are getting money around him...
AnnChown 11 207 1 United Kingdom
23 Dec 2011 8:19AM
A thought provoking image Moira - so very apt when combined with your worthy appeal. Happy Christmas to you and Bill.
barbarahirst 12 27 12 United Kingdom
23 Dec 2011 8:23AM
Thankyou Moira!
Richsr 14 91 223 England
23 Dec 2011 8:59AM
Certainly a thought provoking image here Moria, well seen and executed.
Hope you both have a good christmas and new year too
Regards Richard
gary_d 13 576 13 Wales
23 Dec 2011 9:18AM
Its sad that when most of us over indulge at this time of year there is a lot less fortunate people we forget, or in your case Moira that we do not.

I for one thank you for your worthy appeal.

Have a great Christmas both of you.

MickyMc 13 8 United Kingdom
23 Dec 2011 9:22AM
Yes, scaramanga works for Crisis in Newcastle. It is a wonderful Charity and they have helped many people.

I love this image it says a lot. Just wish you had cropped it a bit, but it still deserves an award or two.
mrswoolybill Plus
14 2.8k 2397 United Kingdom
23 Dec 2011 9:26AM
Wow, thanks for the UA Mavis, that must set some sort of speed record!

Quote:Just wish you had cropped it a bit
I deliberately didn't crop, because for me this type of image needs a bit of space and distance. I don't want it to feel intrusive. I was glad he had his face covered, and deliberately placed him off-centre. That way, to my eye at least, he's a part of a much bigger picture, in various senses. I hope that makes sense.
Thanks to everyone who has called in this morning.
tony64 17 204 9 England
23 Dec 2011 9:48AM
Yes I remember well, your upload last year (and the year before!) all very strong images and a worthy cause indeed. I also find taking photographs of this nature very uncomfortable, but it is photojournalism and by photographing it, you are spreading awareness and bringing it to peoples attention, forcing them (hopefully) to stop and reflect for a moment.
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you both.
Sezz 16 619 15 England
23 Dec 2011 10:12AM
Poignant image Moira, even more so at this time of year!
Tony said it all perfectly!
My best wishes to you and Bill for Christmas x

Sarah *
CarolG 14 199 20 Greece
23 Dec 2011 10:22AM
A sad fact of life, Moira. All the very best to you and Bill for a wonderful festive season. Carol
saltireblue Plus
10 11.8k 75 Norway
23 Dec 2011 10:47AM
This is an excellent look at reality for so many people today. And the trend is unfortunatelty increasing. Very many are not themselves to blame.
Thank you for this one, Moira.
My very best to you and Bill.

gingerdelight 14 298 11 United Kingdom
23 Dec 2011 11:10AM
Poignant and moving Moira.
Dave and I wish you and Bill a good Christmas and a Happy and Healthy 2012.
SlowSong Plus
12 9.6k 30 England
23 Dec 2011 11:30AM
Crisis do a great job, and also the St Martins in the Fields charity which I support. It's so bad that this situation is so prevalent in this day and age.

All the very best Moira and Bill.
Joline Plus
14 34 59 United States
23 Dec 2011 11:47AM
An excellent photo-documentary of the situation of many people in these times. The greed of the few has left many people in desperate straights.
Our parish supports a food pantry that is struggling to keep up with the need for food and heat. A shame when there is such abundance around us.
franken Plus
18 5.2k 4 United Kingdom
23 Dec 2011 1:11PM
A really moving image Moira.

Best wishes,

jonwebber 12 4 1 United Kingdom
23 Dec 2011 1:17PM
Thought provoking and an all too frequent sight.
Daisymaye Plus
12 23 19 Canada
23 Dec 2011 2:01PM
A very sad and thought provoking image Moira. It's the same here too. Thanks for bringing it to our attention.............Sandy
cats_123 Plus
17 5.0k 30 Northern Ireland
23 Dec 2011 3:11PM
timing is everything..happy xmas to you both Smile
SueEley 14 279 96 Wales
23 Dec 2011 4:30PM
Happy Christmas to you, Moira. A timely reminder, and a thought provoking shot.
helenlinda Plus
13 374 22 United Kingdom
23 Dec 2011 4:58PM
This is for real - and between those spending money on the trimmings are those who need it.
Best wishes to you and to Bill - enjoy your break
23 Dec 2011 5:34PM
I do wonder about some of these people on the streets, we've been swamped by so called "homeless" people for so long we've become inured to them almost hostile at times, maybe because of the chancers who tack themselves onto the real needy, for these thoughts I humbly apologise to all who do without and sincerely are in need of help. We who have should be ashamed to leave people in need and walk by without a thought.
Well done Moira you always make me feel aware of my shortcomings, you don't mean it personally but you ***** the conscience so nicely, it hurts all the more. It's a shame you can't put your link here, we who have can surely spare a few quid at least once a year, it only takes a moment and might just mean a whole year to somebody in need.

Nigel_95 Plus
15 262 2 United Kingdom
23 Dec 2011 5:40PM
Thought provoking image Moira, and many good comments above. Best wishes to you and Bill for Xmas and the new year. Thanks for all your support over the last year.

23 Dec 2011 7:37PM
What a brilliant image and title Moira, one of your very VERY best.
Have a great Christmas, but never forget. 'There but for furtune'.

John Smile
wyatturp 15 2 England
23 Dec 2011 8:00PM
A time to think of others , well done
LexEquine 14 1 19 United States
23 Dec 2011 8:06PM
'Excellent Monochrome Reportage,'...unfortunately so 'True & Sad,' for our times.

Ciao~ Pietro
Take-a-View 17 293 5 United Kingdom
23 Dec 2011 8:16PM
Good timing and I wonder if there was a pang of guilt from either when they walked away with their cash.
pdcche 10 4 United Kingdom
23 Dec 2011 10:52PM
Great capture, money being drawn while down and out sleeping.. Peter
AnneWorner 13 620 43 United States
24 Dec 2011 1:24AM
Street at its best. This is one of those shots that stays with you.

KingBee Plus
14 548 2 Scotland
24 Dec 2011 7:20AM
A telling example of the divide between the 'haves' (presumably) and the 'have nots' (almost certainly). Excellent capture, the sort of image you want to take but are often wary - frightened, even, for fear of a bad reaction - of doing so.

Have a great Christmas, and very best wishes for 2012.

Kind regards.

Ray42 13 3 England
24 Dec 2011 8:00AM
Excellent Bill - have a great Christmas
dmhuynh72 13 44 3 United Kingdom
24 Dec 2011 8:47AM
Evocative image, well seen and capture Moira.
Merry Christmas and all the best for 2012.
Rock 18 10 2 England
24 Dec 2011 3:07PM
Have a wonderful Christmas and a Glad New Year.

RockArea 14 18 3 United Kingdom
24 Dec 2011 5:34PM
Many thanks for the timely reminder, Moira. Your image demonstrates strongly the differences that have been evident for so long and that in the modern world we should be able to overcome.

A merry Christmas to you and your family.

Hop-A-Long 14 52 1 England
24 Dec 2011 10:48PM
Excellent image Moira, its very strong with the aves and have nots rubbing shoulders.
I fully understand your moral feelings with regard to this image, but you have taken it to make people aware of the situation others are in and not to exploit the individual that appears to have fallen on hard times.

Diana 14 2.0k 19 Netherlands
24 Dec 2011 11:31PM
Have great Christmas Mrs WB

mikbee 14 3 8 Scotland
24 Dec 2011 11:37PM
Yes Moira,not much Xmas cheer for the homeless !!
Good bit of reportage here.
Rende 14 38 4 Netherlands
25 Dec 2011 12:00PM
Excellent candid that falls in the category "a picture says more than a thousand words".
Wishing you a much better Christmas that the poor guy wil likely have!
Mynett 12 142 6 United Kingdom
26 Dec 2011 4:01PM
a very thought provoking shot, we sit comfy in our houses..... often it is easy to forget...

prabhusinha 13 5 5 India
26 Dec 2011 4:22PM
Works well in mono.
frz67 11 10 32 Italy
27 Dec 2011 4:33PM
a beautiful picture, Moira.
There's always the sensation to be too intrusive when taking this sort of picture, but it is something that we see with our eyes, everyday in our streets.
You've been brave to upload this in these days, a good remind of what our society is.

lonely_oryx 13 61 55 England
28 Dec 2011 4:00PM
Photography is not just about taking beautiful pictures and taking shots like this gives so much to think about, whatever the time of year. I could see this doing well in internationals.

One of youe best.
Glostopcat 15 255 2 England
28 Dec 2011 11:11PM
A very poignant and thought provoking image Moira, very apt for Christmas time when the message should be about thinking of others
bliba Plus
15 2 Austria
2 Jan 2012 11:34PM
right up my it
gajewski 16 10 9 United States
5 Jan 2012 9:41PM
A well captured shot. However, you message reminding us of the true spirit and meaning of Christmas puts this in a whole new level of artistry.

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