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ColleenA Plus
5 367 6 Australia
8 Oct 2013 8:19PM
What an image.....wonder where the owner of the shoes isGrinGrin

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jasonrwl Plus
8 1.1k 10 United Kingdom
8 Oct 2013 8:24PM
Is that someone's feet Malc - top right? Quite a disturbing image.
Daisymaye Plus
9 23 16 Canada
8 Oct 2013 8:43PM
Such a disturbing image Malc. Whatever is going on? Is this something you have created or is it real? Almost mono with a slight bit of colour. I'm thinking it may be near where the homeless may spend the night.
cats_123 Plus
14 4.8k 28 Northern Ireland
8 Oct 2013 8:52PM
Quite moving...a turner prize is in the pipeline Smile
mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1929 United Kingdom
8 Oct 2013 9:01PM
Dust to dust... I didn't see the feet for a moment or so, they were a physical shock. I want to know more, as it stands my imagination is working overtime.
LynneJoyce Plus
10 20 99 United Kingdom
8 Oct 2013 9:18PM
The feet are the shocking element here in amongst the detritus, implying that the body attached (I hope) is part of the detritus. Powerful stuff.
RonnieAG Plus
8 154 118 Scotland
8 Oct 2013 9:24PM
I can't add much to what has already been said by others, other than to agree that it is an image that asks more questions than it answers, Malc: I note you have not offered any explanation other than what may be suggested by the title. I could imagine it could show the aftermath of some terrorist attack or might be from a war torn scene.
Lillian Plus
9 22 17 United Kingdom
8 Oct 2013 9:26PM
Guess you will let us know that this is hopefully set up Malc
which I am keeping my fingers crossed.....and this being the case
you really have a great shot here...right down to the empty pill bottle and discarded cap, feet worn
out just in scene. Great as keep looking and finding more in this ...story!
SlowSong Plus
9 7.4k 30 England
8 Oct 2013 9:35PM
Amazing what you can see when the tide goes out. I love this detritous.
taggart Plus
13 47 13 United States
8 Oct 2013 10:18PM
I am with the rest--- don't think I like what is going on here.....

Great atmospheric toning!
mikbee 11 3 8 Scotland
8 Oct 2013 10:25PM
Oh Malc,it may be disturbing for some here,
but I have seen my living room in a worse state after having a party !!
An interesting shot though.
8 Oct 2013 11:31PM
Nice image well taken.
Allen, Smile
widtink 5 406 2 Scotland
9 Oct 2013 1:03AM
Well constructed image Malc

Nikonuser1 Plus
5 153 16 United Kingdom
9 Oct 2013 7:13AM
Can on agree with the comments above MalcolmSmile

barbarahirst 9 27 12 United Kingdom
9 Oct 2013 7:19AM
Very upsetting image.....
mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1929 United Kingdom
9 Oct 2013 9:15AM
Malc you need to come back and explain, because this is an image that needs explanation. (Some don't, and in some cases it would actually detract.)
Three possible scenarios: a genuine disaster with loss of life; a vagrant sleeping rough, with around 50% desaturation (I suspect that this may be the case); or a museum mock-up. How we view, respond and analyse really does depend on the circumstances of taking. For example - if the second scenario applies, the man sleeping rough, then it's superb photojournalism but I wouldn't want too much fiddling with the colour, that tampers with the evidence so to speak. Straight colour, for the outer truth, or b&w, for the inner truth. Hope that makes sense.
woolybill1 Plus
11 23 72 United Kingdom
9 Oct 2013 9:32AM
Fascinating and disturbing in equal measure. I echo all the above . . . . especially as I thought you were going to a sculture park . . .
9 Oct 2013 10:24AM
Amazing how such ordinary things in this context can convey so much sadness. A powerful image.
MalcolmM Plus
12 926 5 Scotland
9 Oct 2013 10:34AM
Disturbing, shocking, saddening - a powerful image.
TrevBatWCC Plus
9 12 12 England
9 Oct 2013 10:48AM
Yes, a very disturbing and moving image....but as said above, it depends on what is actually happening....
Trev Smile
Richsr 11 91 223 England
9 Oct 2013 11:07AM
Its only when you see the feet that you start to wonder what its about and what has happened.
Good image malc
I'm guessing that his is some exhibition of reenactment of an explosion or terrorist event, the feet are very chilling and the presence of "medical" items are there as well.
We see such things almost daily onTV so an exhibition with this in it would be an easy explanation.

Certainly brought all sorts of comments Malc.


just noticed Bill's comment, could be a modern sculpture, gripping for sure.
A 21st century Tableau...?

Come out Malcolm we need to know?
saltireblue Plus
8 8.1k 33 Norway
9 Oct 2013 3:15PM
Firstly, I must admit that that I deliberately avoided giving any explanation in the description, as I wanted to see what you were seeing, and how you interpreted the scenario, and not least your reactions.

I am pleased that people want, no indeed, need to know more.
I have succeeded in creating an image that tells without giving answers.

Moira (mrswoolybill) reckoned there were three possibilities. I am pleased to say that her first - a genuine disaster was wrong. I do not think I would have posted the image if that had been the case.
Nor is it a mock up display, exhibition piece or arranged scene.

The scene is exactly as I found it. I have not added to it, re-arranged any objects nor removed anything.

...except...the feet. They are imported, a stock image of dirty feet. I would love to accept applause for outstanding photo-journalism for a sleeping tramp, but it is not so.

This is the floor in a house that has not been occupied for years, apart from some tramps who seek refuge here in winter. The house in in thick woods, far off the beaten track.

What did I see in this and the title? A tramp sleeping off a binge? No. I saw the effects of some unknown terror or military incident, the hint of a body amongst the dust-covered ruins of a house. Hence the de-saturation, to attempt to replicate how it would look after the dust had settled...and silence had fallen.

Many thanks for all your comments - it was good to get reactions.

Richsr 11 91 223 England
9 Oct 2013 3:25PM
Thanks for the explanation Malc, and well created with the addition of the feet
Lillian Plus
9 22 17 United Kingdom
9 Oct 2013 3:26PM
Thank you Malc for the explanation
kept calling back!!
mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1929 United Kingdom
9 Oct 2013 3:26PM
Yes, looking at the feet, I can see some evidence of cloning under them. Damn, should have spotted that...
Thanks for the explanation. It's effective and thought-provoking work (and the desaturation works a treat, dust plus death both implied). But I think it should have been uploaded under Digitally Modified. I really ought to report you to a Moderator...
saltireblue Plus
8 8.1k 33 Norway
9 Oct 2013 3:30PM

Quote: But I think it should have been uploaded under Digitally Modified. I really ought to report you to a Moderator...

Another deliberate omission, Moira, trying not to give any hints.
I'll report myself to myself.Wink

You crafty old devil.

Please note:- I have moderated my language.


U had us going!
taggart Plus
13 47 13 United States
9 Oct 2013 3:50PM
A master of reportage-- There is so much in the news today that is not quite true--- They should hire you for images--- Bravo!
barbarahirst 9 27 12 United Kingdom
9 Oct 2013 4:17PM
thanks for getting the grey cells working !!!
TrevBatWCC Plus
9 12 12 England
9 Oct 2013 4:22PM
Thanks for enlightening us, Malc!
Trev Smile
RonnieAG Plus
8 154 118 Scotland
9 Oct 2013 5:27PM
Thank you for your PM, Malc, and also for the explanation: glad it caused so many of us to ponder and consider the possibilities.
A clever bit of work, Mate.
9 Oct 2013 5:27PM
Brilliant image Malc, and perfect Title.

John Smile
Fefe Plus
6 23 31 United Kingdom
9 Oct 2013 6:27PM
Have you ever played "Cludeo" Malc?.........
Thought I would not mention your love of Ker plunk today..... ooops I just didBlush

Glad I didnt have to ponderWink
danbrann Plus
13 637 17
9 Oct 2013 7:22PM
Why don't you get your wife to tidy up your sitting room Malcolm. I see that poor old chap(you) is about a foot in front. Bloody marvelous.

You see Malcolm the difference between you and me is that I would have ignored the requests to know and just not explained the situation.
LynneJoyce Plus
10 20 99 United Kingdom
9 Oct 2013 7:23PM
Well done you Malcolm, the addition of the feet was an inspired move and brilliantly done. As for being reported to a moderator - isn't that some kind of honour?
Nikonuser1 Plus
5 153 16 United Kingdom
9 Oct 2013 7:28PM
Thanks Malcolm, made one think Smile

saeidNL 8 3 Netherlands
9 Oct 2013 7:53PM
This is wonderful,Malcolm ,very well done,
AnnChown Plus
8 207 1 United Kingdom
10 Oct 2013 9:03PM
Fascinating - and you certainly got me going! Well crafted Malc!
Potra 5 Venezuela
13 Oct 2013 10:21PM
Great work Malc. Abandoned shoes always make me look twice, shoes are very personal items, they always make me think on where did they take the owner? what roads did they travel?
You achieved your goal!
rontear Plus
15 8 8 England
14 Oct 2013 3:36PM
Caused a stir Malcolm, that's what photography supposed to do !!!
AnneWorner 10 620 43 United States
18 Oct 2013 7:50PM
Well, good manipulating - I came to the first horrible conclusion I could - but that was based on the fact that I have actually seen something like this on the street.

31 Oct 2013 11:26PM
I've kept coming back to this and still cant decide if there is a finite crop that could be made, with or without a slither off the top :-0
saltireblue Plus
8 8.1k 33 Norway
1 Nov 2013 5:47AM
Go for it K...I've enabled mods.
Be interesting to see your take on it.


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