It is so difficult to express my feelings about this photo. Probably the saying that : a photo speaks, 1000 words" is true. For us westerners Christmas is the peak for our religious festivities. What a contdadiction to see a homeless, poor, devasted, hopeless person with a Santa Claus hat. For the history: I was passing the slam city- a part of the city of Chennai- where very poor families live.Some of them are fishermen, others just search among the rubbish to find something to eat. This poor old man was crawling among the stinky rubbish and took a good look at us stopped by, in a car. His looks still haunts me.... My contribution to Christmas and with a hope that we shall stop seeing images like those in the future...
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kibele66 (3087) 2007-12-06 1:14
Not only one of the most striking Christmas photos, but haunting photos on TE i think. You' ve captured all the sadness and hopelessness on his eyes.This morning we were making plans for the new year and then i saw this on TE. Perhaps the hat of Santa Claus is the only belonging or clothe he has. His looks began to follow me too.
Thanks for reminding us realities of humanity on our planet.
Have a nice day.
azaf1 (15929) 2007-12-06 1:55
Agapite Savva XRONIA POLLA kat arxas
kai vevai tous epainous mou gia tis katapliktikes fotos sou. Ti na po, aftes oi ekfraseis einai enas allos kosmos entelos agnostos gia mas
Orixas (458) 2007-12-06 3:31
I haven't words...
Thanks for sharing Savas.
bostankorkulugu (42416) 2007-12-06 4:05
you are right sava... this one speaks a thousand words... so striking... like a slap on the face...
BennyV (16393) 2007-12-06 10:59
This is a spooky picture, haunting indeed. As you say: it speaks. There should be a special icon for such a picture, a silly green smiley seems a bit unappropriate, a shout would be more suitable.
adelune (0) 2007-12-06 12:17
Tooooo sad! Thanks Savas for this so hard shot! Best regards, alain
hay_kes (31140) 2007-12-07 0:16
Very nice portrait.great colours and details.TFS.
ifanik (21679) 2007-12-07 0:40
Kalimera Savva kai xronia mas polla
File to porteto soy einai me mia leksh APIASTO
Exw meinei afonos edw kai arketh wra koitazontas to
To sigoyro einai oti den perimenoyn ayton ton Ag Basileio ta paidia twn ploysiwn xwrwn toy planhth..
lucasgalodoido (21906) 2007-12-07 11:08
very interesting image, but I donīt like of the cropo in the head of man. Great photo.
Congratulations and Hug!
angeliki (211) 2007-12-08 2:04
geia sou Savva
(k xronia polla gia thn giorth sou prosfata)
sigoura einai mia foto pou den tha dei kanenas mas sta polukatasthmata, paixnidadika, kai sigoura me tipota stis pseftostolismenes poleis pou zoume. .
to pneuma tvn xristougennwn ftanei mono sto 1/3 autou tou kosmou.
se euxaristw therma pou mou to 8umises
kampuchi (374) 2007-12-09 5:48
ironic that the old man has the santa beard too.
thanks for sharing this.
makes one think what is happening to this world we live in.
COSTANTINO (63723) 2007-12-16 12:24
Geia sou Sava,
katapliktikh foto me apithana xrwmata kai ekfraseis alla kai me arketo provlhmatismo olwn emas pou zoume se enan diaforetiko geografiko xwro,
dip (23888) 2007-12-16 12:54
Geia sou Sava,
nomizo einai polu epikairi,
san fotografia mou aresei polu,san thema ksupnaei suneidiseis i toulaxiston tha prepei na tis ksupnaei,
P.S.Polu kali i gallery sou!
Guillem69 (4) 2008-01-01 3:23
I really don't know what to say. No words to explain how bad can we feel watching this.
As photograph it's a pity man's hands and hat are cutted out the image.
Nice sad portrait.
Happy and better new year for all those people that really need it.
zeca (19762) 2008-01-22 9:54
This is a nice capture! The quality is excellent and ideal for an old man portrait, showing all his skin details. The 1000 words are like you said, sad, but the photographers must use their lenses to post this kind of messages to the world.
All the best to you!
jammer79 (2722) 2008-01-23 15:07
Amazing expression captured!
I wish for more space at the top, but other than that very good capture!
konok (2068) 2008-01-27 13:20
I cannot find words to this...
vincz (19113) 2008-05-24 1:44
That's a strong one. Great framing, fantastic character, what a great picture.
elifpetan (1204) 2009-03-03 14:10
Hello again Savas,
This picture is even more fantastic than the other one. He looks very desperate. Congratulations that you managed to make such a picture.
- Copyright: Savas Kazantzides (savask) (1891)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2007-08-03
- Categories: Daily Life
- Exposure: f/7.1, 1/400 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): MERRY CHRISTMAS [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2007-12-06 0:56
- Favorites: 3 [view]