I have no idea if this unfortunate Bosnian man lost his leg through an act of war in the 90's, but he is in any case a war victim. Roughly 15 years after the war, Bosnia is one of the poorest countries in Europe and the ethnic and religious hatred that started the conflict is still evident. It's a country of political stalemate where very little economic development has taken place, and the social security network is very weak.
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Gessle (70) 2008-11-18 1:29
Good portrait of this poor and disabled man.
Great moody and emotional photo.
fanni (14381) 2008-11-18 1:35
so after a looooong time we are "neighbours" today! I am glad I decided to stay at home 5-10 minutes longer before going out to work :) At last one more photo from you!
I think it's a very good documentary "portrait". Again, it shows how fragile and valuable human life is! In fact, there are many such people in Russia, too. Some of them are victims of wars (local wars in the South like Chechnya etc) or just ... poor people whom nobody needs!
A good reminder of the fact that there is not only beauty in the world.
Good composition! Yes, an emotional shot.
Have a nice day!
omerozden (1259) 2008-11-18 1:40
this is very well capture and very good documentation.
this man is a victim of war as you told in the note.
JanD (0) 2008-11-18 1:42
Good picture. Great effect. Good luck!
zeynepe (0) 2008-11-18 2:32
He should be a victim of war... Unfortunately, there are too many sad stories in Bosnia.
Thanks for sharing ,
kschanna (6) 2008-11-18 2:54
Unfortunately a lot of countries meet with this fate and there is little we can do...the forces at play leave a trail of destruction behind with severed limbs and broken people. What we do with photograph is give the inhabitants of our 'utopian world' a reminder.
Thanks for sharing
Buin (42350) 2008-11-18 3:16
Another thought-provoking one, a photo which nearly hurts. It's also an important one ...
Europe of today - it hurts ...
Greetings from autumnal grey and humid Germany!
saxo042 (37594) 2008-11-18 3:44
A very strong and exceptional picture, but this is also what TE is about. Good colours as well...
naznaz567 (344) 2008-11-18 3:47
Very effective photo with touching content. I think we need more of this kind of a photographer's eye on TE. The composition and colors are good too and it is a crisp shot. I am glad you used your photography skills to convey a strong message.
Tashy (1820) 2008-11-18 4:03
I am without words... I have visited Bosnia many times (before and after the war) and I thought that I will get used to this kind of images by now...but the truth is...you can never get used to something so sad and terrible.
I am convinced that photography is one of the best ways to educate people and make them aware of the world around us...and you have done that by uploading this photo. You have done something good for the people of Bosnia...
That is all I can say...
dareco (17134) 2008-11-18 10:19
Heart-wrenching reality!! Shocking and a very good capture. Good colors and detail. TFS
archimatica (20325) 2008-11-19 10:21
A reminder that there is not only beauty in the world.
molla (7127) 2008-11-20 22:40
was it orwell that wrote down and out in paris and London, just by the title. to be down and out in mostar seems to be far more harder than to be it in the 30's Paris. anyway a picture for our remind that there are other things then stunning landscape and beautiful castles
mirarer (4751) 2009-10-21 3:56
That´s real life. Great capture.
KristinsCamera (2373) 2013-08-04 21:53
oh... this is almost too sad for me to comment on.
and yet i feel i should, to acknowledge this man's existence, as you have so poignantly done with this photograph. what a sad, sad commentary on humanity, or the lack of, that he is just left to sleep on the sidewalk... has he no one who cares? his belly looks funny, i wonder if that is also the result of a wound, or perhaps his belongings bunched up under his sweater.
it feels a bit strange to say that this is really a beautiful photograph, but it is.
the colors and the lighting are dramatic, yet gentle and almost inviting. and the framing is perfect. you have shown a lot of empathy with this one, gert ~