Tuesday, December 22, 2009

By the side of the Vltava River

An old man waits for his dinner.

19 comments:

  1. I love this photo, truly a slice of life shot. The monochrome also seems very appropriate for this shot too. It seems to be expressing a bit of the harshness of life.

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  2. The homeless aren't just an American tradition I love this photo...he looks so cold. Great capture :)

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  3. This is truly desperation and not recreation. Great capture and perfect black and white.

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  4. I hope he had not to wait for a long time: he seems to be so cold!
    The BW gives an interesting atmosphere to the picture.

    PS: Thank you for your nice comment!

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  5. AND Waits and waits and waits. Welcome to the US social safety net

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  6. There is scenery same as this in Sumida River, Tokyo.

    Unfortunately it is the view which is common throughout the world.

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  7. It looks like a cold day. Great shot! I like the symmetry of the Man and the bike, and the 2 fishing poles.

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  8. It's sad, but gripping. Especially at this time of year.

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  9. It took me a while to work out this photo. Turns out to be appropriate to the season - and brave.

    Feel I ought to say something but it brings out a speechless helplessness.

    Have a Happy Christmas, James. May those of us who have homes remember this photo.

    Lucy

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  10. I can't explain what thoughts have come to mind from this photo, sadness, curiousity, dismay...it speaks volumes.

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  11. he looks so cold--this picture speaks volumes, nicely captured.

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  12. Poor man, he looks so sad!
    B&W was a great choice for this picture James, well done!
    Léia

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  13. very sad,but great view.
    ciao, simona

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  14. Please have a wonderful Christmas!!

    And, as for me, thank you for all of you.
    I pray for your happiness.


    From the Far East.
    Best regards.

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  15. Who says, life like this man is only found in the third world countries?

    It's shocking, but even poverty is also made known globally.

    Great photography James with humanity for a theme.

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  16. This is a riddle. The old man is standing out in the cold by choice or necessity? He might be homeless, but look how neatly his beard is trimmed. Look at how tidy his things are stacked behind him and lined up under the bench. Is he selling something and waiting for a customer? Is he fishing and standing to watch his lines? But we see no lines leading to the water. The viewer can invent a story to fit the picture I suppose.

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