Saturday, August 29, 2009

Alienation and Despair

It was a beautiful day in Philadelphia but I noticed this very depressed looking man in what looks like a cage on the 2nd floor of an industrial building. The words alienation and despair came to mind. Black and white seemed perfect for this image. Seeing him on a beautiful, sunny, carefree day reminded me how we all have a different perspective, and although we live on the same Earth, we can be in very different worlds.
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35 comments:

  1. I certainly agree with your words. The photo certainly implies despair...especially being in black and white.

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  2. Great explanation my friend and the photo is wonderful :)

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  3. Good eye for the words. Good words for the eye.

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  4. I don´t know if smoking would have made him look more sad or happier. You certainly made it look like that is not one of the places where a human being should not be.

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  5. we all have a different perspective, and although we live on the same Earth - yes indeed.
    I am a lucky one living with family have a big garden and I feel so lucky.

    Hope you do that to, but fishing sharks and eating them - you must be a lucky one to!

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  6. I feel sinking inside.

    I'm hoping what it seems and what it is are different - that he's happy despite the surroundings.

    I wonder how different the picture would be, and its atmosphere, if the 'cage' were bright yellow.

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  7. You seem to be in sad and serious mood, those days..But all what you say is so true. That's why we must enjoy the fact to be on the right side of the fence, as long as it lasts..

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  8. Good shot; even when viewed large the face is 'contorted' by the mesh screen giving it a strange quality.

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  9. Wonderful post today. Nice BW shot but your words are as well.
    V

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  10. Excellent post and shot. It does make one think.

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  11. An evocation - but release when the shift ends.

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  12. I agree with Aileni, it will be over when the shift ends ;)

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  13. Wonderful post today James.
    Your words are so true, and this shot is really gripping.

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  14. not just b/w ..the netting is depressing... almost like imprisonment. good shot

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  15. He does seem all locked up with nowhere to go. And I agree - monochrome for this one.

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  16. Worried to live in an old building.
    Excellent!

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  17. Great shot, almost that i can hear the mens thought.

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  18. Thoughtful shot and comment. Thanks.

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  19. Yes, the B&W enhances the low mood. Fine image.

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  20. Nice shot, i agree, it does look very gloomy from his side.

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  21. Excellent choice for a monochrom version.

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  22. This is so meaningful! Incredible how a day can be very sunny to some and so gray to others! Very nice capture!
    God bless you!

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  23. Nice perspective and you've stirred a lot of emotion today. That's what it's all about, right?

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  24. I like your thoughtful reflections with this capture!

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  25. Thanks for the photo and thoughts: is true, one cage can be a prison but a wealth for those
    have nothing...

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  26. Thanks for the photo and reflection: is true,this place is a prison perhaps is a treasure for those
    that have nothing ...

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  27. Your title and commentary are just perfect for your beautiful monochrome photo. Kind of depressing though.

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  28. How true James, how very true and I loved this image.

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  29. Well observed picture and thought-provoking post. Perhaps he is just admiring the view - or wishing he was on the other side.

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  30. Indeed, caption and photo hits the mark.

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  31. Very interesting subject! Great for b&w.

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  32. Reminds me a little of looking at a house thought to be haunted and seeing a strange figure gazing back out at you from an attic window. An eerie feeling! Nice!

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  33. Hello, Mr. JAMES.

    This work seems to be just like a full-length novel.

    I do not know world all.
    However, I think that this work is really great, most.
    I may not come across this work if I did not make my blog in this July.
    I did not know that there was such artistic world at all.

    You shot some people.
    However, you take the inside and the human nature of the subject.
    Therefore I feel like can write a novel about these men with this one piece of photograph.

    I often watch this lonely man and black man, a Chinese, the work of the firefighter at nice time or sad time, too.
    Because those people represented in you seem to encourage me.

    Your photograph transcends the domain of the photograph, and it seems to be oil painting.

    I'm sorry by the my poor English long prose.
    Because I do not know English vocabulary in various ways, my sentence is an always monotonous it.
    Please forgive it.

    Thank you for always showing grand works.

    Have a nice weekend.
    ruma

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