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Posted by
Curly (South Shields, United Kingdom) on 8 August 2009 in Documentary & Street and Portfolio.

An itinerant man sleeps on a bench next to his worldly possessions. Taken whilst away from South Shields next to the canal in Skipton, Yorkshire.

Pentax K100D, 82mm lens, 1/750 second, f5.6, iso 200

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k@ from Paris, France

This is a terrible photo....................
Yet that's our world.

8 Aug 2009 8:27am

Ana Lúcia from Leiria, Portugal

Excellent work. You have stunning eyes that are well captured in this image.

8 Aug 2009 8:53am

markcrymble from Ballymoney, United Kingdom

I probably would have framed the man in the bottom half of the frame, I'm glad I saw this shot, this variation is much better! the tiles really do lead your eye to look at the man. Great shot!

8 Aug 2009 3:33pm

Louis Hebert from Kuwait, Kuwait

Taking pictures of pathos is not art and it is not helpful. What purpose does this picture serve beyond the explotation of a man who has already been exploited enough by this world. Next time, give this guy some food and take pictures of the heartless drones that walk around trying to ignore him.

8 Aug 2009 6:19pm

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

I think it documents the failing state of some parts of local government, and of some communities within the UK Louis. As they say, a picture can speak a thousand words, the next step is to get someone to listen.

8 Aug 2009 6:52pm

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

Pathos, the quality or power in an actual life experience or in literature, music, speech, or other forms of expression, of evoking a feeling of pity or compassion.

Does the picture fail to arouse such feelings?

8 Aug 2009 7:09pm

Magda from Vancouver, Canada

Very strong image... superb street shot. Sad but unfortunately that's part of our world

8 Aug 2009 7:49pm

Mags from Paris, France

How sad...

8 Aug 2009 10:08pm

Maharba from Omaha, United States

..a story of life...full of questions

10 Aug 2009 6:20pm



13 Aug 2009 8:47pm

Twelvebit from Victoria, United States

While I understand Louis's perspective, I don't agree that mere depiction is simply equivalent to exploitation. I think whether or not it is exploitative is determined by how the image was taken and how it is used. Though I have taken some shots like this, I tend to shy away from them because they "feel" exploitative to me; and I think they feel that way because I don't really believe that images like this will lead to anything positive, and if that's the case, then it makes them mostly voyeuristic.

20 Aug 2009 10:15pm

Twelvebit from Victoria, United States

I should have concluded by saying that if you feel such images can have a positive affect, then you're not intending to be exploitative, and if you're not benefiting in some way at the subjects expense, I'd be reluctant to call your use of the image exploitation (though the question is really more complicated that this and my summary here is no doubt too simplistic).

20 Aug 2009 10:20pm