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This gentlemen gave me permission to take his photograph, whilst he was sitting against a stone wall enjoying his supper of pop corn. People rushing by in their fineries going to clubs and bars in the city. I do not believe they even noticed him or wanted to notice him. He is an alcoholic and does not deny it, he lost his family, his status and business due to alcoholism. It all just started with a bottle of wine.
One thing he finds most difficult to cope with, that people just look past him as if he was a ghost. Even just a smile an acknowledgement that he is a human being.

This was taken in natural light


This image was featured in show-me-a-sign 20 July 2010


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  • Betsy  Seeton
    Betsy Seetonover 4 years ago

    Beautiful capture along with a soulful account of being homeless. My brother died of alcoholism. Fortunately, he had family that took him in. He died in hospice in my mother’s home. Only in last three months of life did he ever acknowledge he as an alcoholic. He was such a brilliant man too. It was so sad to watch his life fade away. I’ve sat down and had chats with people living on the streets. One man had no teeth and was dying from cancer. He said it was so hard when people gave him chips or food that would upset his delicate stomach. They insisted if he was hungry he should eat anything he was lucky enough to be given. The amazing thing was to hear his stories of being mistreated and how he was made to feel anonymous yet he didn’t talk with bitterness toward humanity. Back to your pic … wonderful image….

  • Thank you betsy for your interesting comment. He was not bitter alone, in fact he said, I do not own anything neither do I owe anything. Myabe he is wiser than we are, bar is alcoholism. Yet whatever lifestyle someone wishes to adopt, no one should have the right to make a person feel worthless. Many I have spoken too had businesses and where highly educated, one was a professor of mathmatics and physics at a university (that was true , I checked it out) . I just wish, people would at least offer a smile or a high how u doin even if they do not drop some coins into their mug. It is not for us to judge if he will buy more pills, or alcohol or food or pay for a bed at a shelter, that ishould remain his choice and not for us to dictate. My motto is, that if you give a gift that is conditional, than it is no gift.

    – ©FoxfireGallery / FloorOne Photography

  • Betsy  Seeton
    Betsy Seetonover 4 years ago

    Wise words, my friend. I agree with you so much. I try to nod or offer a smile when I can. If I walk by and have a chance to verbally say hello, I do. There are no easy answers in this life. But the smallest gestures of communication mean a lot and can make someone’s day. Thank you for sharing your photo and your wisdom …

  • Dawn M. Becker
    Dawn M. Beckerover 4 years ago

    Excellent job…now that is a great pic of a person!!! People are hard to photograph…to get just the right shot, or right setting, but I guess you covered it all in this shot!!! Bravo my dearest…well done!!! I bow to your excellence!!! :-)

  • Thank you for this very complimentary comment. I really appreciate it. thank you

    – ©FoxfireGallery / FloorOne Photography

  • aspectsoftmk
    aspectsoftmkover 4 years ago

    he has eyes that sit me down to hear…he is me and i..he. thank you for this photo of life. of all of our lives.::))
    would love if you put this here show me a sign

  • Thank you for your precious comment and also for the link. Many thanks

    – ©FoxfireGallery / FloorOne Photography

  • Lois  Bryan
    Lois Bryanover 4 years ago

    this is a beautiful work of art … great, great photographic image … I’m sad to read your words about him … bless his heart. So sad.

  • Many Thanks for your kind word and appreciation of my work. Yet I must give all apprecaition to this man, as without his cooperation it would have been empty.

    – ©FoxfireGallery / FloorOne Photography

  • Tainia Finlay
    Tainia Finlayover 4 years ago

    More than an image/portrait youve captured his soul and in your words make us all reflect. Very poignant and real. Excellent work!

  • Thank you from the debth of my heart for these amazing words

    – ©FoxfireGallery / FloorOne Photography

  • BigCatPhotos
    BigCatPhotosover 4 years ago

    Very sad story – and I think that you have captured that emptiness in this wonderful portrait.

  • Thank you, what a wonderful comment

    – ©FoxfireGallery / FloorOne Photography

  • Angela  Burman
    Angela Burmanover 4 years ago

    This work has moved me beyond words. You have a beautiful soul and a kind heart and I love your work.

  • Angela, I don’t know what to say, it is now my turn to be moved beyond words by your comment. Thank you very much

    – ©FoxfireGallery / FloorOne Photography

  • Itaya
    Itayaover 4 years ago

    Beautiful, wonderful, soulful capture. Thank you for taking the time to capture his soul’s essence to last for all time in this photograph. :)

  • What kind and beautiful words, thank you so very much

    – ©FoxfireGallery / FloorOne Photography

  • Rick  London
    Rick Londonover 4 years ago

    Well done. Sad but I wish I could count now how many similar victims are in this economy…sometimes it is not even drugs or alcohol. It’s a bit of a mess. Great work tho. A++++++++++++++++++

  • MAny thanks Rick, i appreicate your comment. Yes, there will be many more becoming homeless in this economy and you are right it is not always drugs and alcohol, but could also mean child abuse at home.

    – ©FoxfireGallery / FloorOne Photography

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