A bright sunny day in the nations capital, the flags fly proudly while a homeless man lays on a heating vent for warmth. I dont want to make this too political, and risk having this removed, but I cant help thinking that there is more than one way to solve the problems in the world.
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RGatward (20086) 2005-11-06 6:58
Well, you don't need to say anything Elaine, an image like this is is political, whatever your stance, but a sight like this in the richest country in the world? Doesn't it want to make you give up? I like the 'one way' signs, might been seen as significant here.
KevRyan (22956) 2005-11-06 7:06
Seems this guy has got himself well sorted out - perhaps an ex-army vet - I have a friend who has been 'homeless' - travelling for years without settling down but he has such a discipline that comes from those army days ,,,,,but also memories he'd rather forget.
Details like the vent, his boots behind him, the multi-layers of clothing, the water, the tightly packed home on wheels.....and then your details - the nice cars, the signs, the flags............
We just had such a damning documentary here on TV on the institutionalised and overt racism following the New Orleans floods - it has given me yet another take on the shameful state of the US nation - but this is only as political as it applies to practically every nation on earth and essentially to the curse of poverty on (and sometimes in) the human spirit.
Do we all get the leadership we deserve........? Not a political but a profound question about our place on earth and what we expect from it.
thanks for posting
best wishes Kev
Elise_d (1943) 2005-11-06 7:06
Sometimes, I feel that shooting homeless is just voyeurism. Or worst, a way to make sensitive shots. But your shot feels real Elaine. I see you haven't shot it for nothing, there's a strong message behind it. Thanks.
Katharina (401) 2005-11-06 7:16
i like that flags in the backgraund...
sad but real...
garageolympo (242) 2005-11-06 7:53
crhieatt (5347) 2005-11-06 9:31
Really good shot you have here. It makes it's own point really, and your ironic inclusion of the sign - emphasised by the title - is very smart, and also quite open in interpritation. Well done.
entrelec (8328) 2005-11-06 11:06
Yes, it have been my first reaction: why she did have cropped to keep only this homeless man with the flags?
After reading the note , I understand your choice.
Each of us can do the crop himself, the intention is clear enough.
ishai (4097) 2005-11-06 13:53
I find it a good subject, but I guess its very painful for some
It a very strong capture and very hard and thatís good it wakes us up this way !!! make us aware
Who knows what he was last year Ö
I personally think that a different POV (seeing his face) would make it even stronger
But maybe it was your intention not to show it
Rinie_Hoff (9340) 2005-11-06 14:25
Just read Ishai's comment, I was thinking this afternoon, that I was glad you didn't show his face, to give himn some sort of dignity, and privacy. Living your life out on the streets must be terrible, and yes, taking this picture the way you did, and the flag etc. is already a political statement IMO. But also a humane statement. I'm glad you have your eyes open. There is not a bigger difference than this shot and your previous ones.
tobourge (971) 2005-11-07 3:03
Strong picture. This is unfortunately true for all "rich" countries. You would be surprised to see some homeless people in Luxemburg and Switzerland.
Thanks for sharing
ALSOM (6616) 2005-11-07 3:25
Is the american dream (the symbolic flag itself, and this homeless 'sleeping' not far from the flag/the american dream) a one way success ? Can everyone be successful ... well it seems not, some failed. Strong composition.
Thanks, Al (green tomorrow)
Sherrish (0) 2005-11-07 11:12
Elaine - this turned out reall well! YOu were not sure about the direction of the sun but all the elements came together nicely in this shot. I will develop my film today and post if I have anything worth sharing! Had a great time on our outing!!!
Michael_Gan (2776) 2005-11-08 1:25
Hello Elaine, thank you for this picture. Due to your composition and well thought inclusion of the sign and the flags, the message is immediately clear and very strong. Apart from that, it is also interesting to see where the man is laying (I guess there's some heat coming from below) and what his belongings are. I think that you've depicted two of the primary ingredients of survival: shelter (the umbrella) and something to drink. Great work.
vapours (8264) 2005-11-28 19:28
Great story here and you've captured a moment here that makes people think, which is what I like to see in photography.
- Copyright: Elaine springford (everlasting) (15390)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2005-11-05
- Categories: Daily Life
- Camera: Nikon D 70, AF-S Nikkor 18-70mm
- Exposure: f/9.0, 1/320 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2005-11-06 6:51