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Chelsea, Manhattan, NYC 2008

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Third Place Winner
Sad Man Challenge

“Dear Mr. President”
by Pink

Dear Mr. President,
Come take a walk with me.
Let’s pretend we’re just two people and
You’re not better than me.
I’d like to ask you some questions if we can speak honestly.

What do you feel when you see all the homeless on the street?
Who do you pray for at night before you go to sleep?
What do you feel when you look in the mirror?
Are you proud?

How do you sleep while the rest of us cry?
How do you dream when a mother has no chance to say goodbye?
How do you walk with your head held high?
Can you even look me in the eye
And tell me why?

Dear Mr. President,
Were you a lonely boy?
Are you a lonely boy?
Are you a lonely boy?
How can you say
No child is left behind?
We’re not dumb and we’re not blind.
They’re all sitting in your cells
While you pave the road to hell.

What kind of father would take his own daughter’s rights away?
And what kind of father might hate his own daughter if she were gay?
I can only imagine what the first lady has to say
You’ve come a long way from whiskey and cocaine.

How do you sleep while the rest of us cry?
How do you dream when a mother has no chance to say goodbye?
How do you walk with your head held high?
Can you even look me in the eye?

Let me tell you ‘bout hard work
Minimum wage with a baby on the way
Let me tell you ’bout hard work
Rebuilding your house after the bombs took them away
Let me tell you ’bout hard work
Building a bed out of a cardboard box
Let me tell you ’bout hard work
Hard work
Hard work
You don’t know nothing ’bout hard work
Hard work
Hard work
Oh

How do you sleep at night?
How do you walk with your head held high?
Dear Mr. President,
You’d never take a walk with me.
Would you?

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man, portrait, urban, candid, person, homeless, photojournalism, challenge, judith, finalist, oppenheimer, pts, plp, judithoppenheimer, white, black, street

Comments

  • circusgallery
    circusgalleryabout 6 years ago

    brillant composed photographic work

  • thank you, that’s very kind

    – Judith Oppenheimer

  • wendyL
    wendyLabout 6 years ago

    what a REAL shot! faboulous work Judith!

  • thank you!

    – Judith Oppenheimer

  • Robin Robb
    Robin Robbabout 6 years ago

    This is a sad photo of a sad man. Thank you for helping to raise awareness. Great capture.

  • thank you Robin

    – Judith Oppenheimer

  • amarica
    amaricaabout 6 years ago

    The plight of one desperate soul deminishes each and every one of us by the degree of his sorrow. Well done Judith.

  • Winslow357
    Winslow357about 6 years ago

    very powerful image

  • Davies
    Daviesabout 6 years ago

    So Sad how the other half live. My heart goes out to people like this. Wonderful capture.

  • Hena Tayeb
    Hena Tayebabout 6 years ago

    great capture. reminds us of how lucky we are.

  • Nanmarie
    Nanmarieabout 6 years ago

    Well done and yes very sad.

  • Jo Fedora
    Jo Fedoraabout 6 years ago

    awesome capture..

  • thank you Jo, coming from you, means a lot

    – Judith Oppenheimer

  • mrscarlotta
    mrscarlottaabout 6 years ago

    Truely awsome shot, really tell the viewer a story, xxxx

  • thank you carlotta

    – Judith Oppenheimer

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