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Living the final chapter  by iamelmana

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This man spent 23 years in jail, was a No 28 gang member (Blooddrawers or “bitches”) is inscribed all along his legs and arms (most prominent is how he failed his mother). He now lives on the streets and most definitely is HIV infected. His only purpose in life at this stage seems to be to escape reality through any means possible. All self inflicted……maybe……maybe not ???


  • Poverty
    Povertyalmost 4 years ago

    Amazingly touching shot. Although he is an adult, he reminds me of the sad younger people and children that you see in so many shots showing how life has become so difficult to live in a " normal " way. Regards. P.

  • Andrew Kalpage
    Andrew Kalpagealmost 4 years ago

    Very moving and powerful shot…love your work as always :-)

  • Thanks, appreciate you stopping by to comment !!

    – iamelmana

  • vaggypar
    vaggyparalmost 4 years ago

    Lovely Work .!!!

  • CanyonWind
    CanyonWindalmost 4 years ago

  • Di-Trying
    Di-Tryingalmost 4 years ago

    Great shot!!, but sad story :(

  • Thanks for the visit and comment. I agree, it is sad beyond words and he is but one of sooo many…

    – iamelmana

  • TeresaB
    TeresaBalmost 4 years ago

    January 25, 2011

  • Cizeranne
    Cizerannealmost 4 years ago

    Great portrait! Congratulations!

  • Thanks once again – appreciate your comments !!

    – iamelmana

  • SPFisher
    SPFisheralmost 4 years ago

    a truly devestating life, story and shot, excellent capture

  • paintingsheep
    paintingsheepalmost 4 years ago

    A very powerful image. Congratulations on your well deserved Challenge win! Gena

  • Thanks a lot, always nice to hear from you !!

    – iamelmana

  • Snapshooter
    Snapshooteralmost 4 years ago

    strong candid capture.

  • Thanks for visiting and comment. He (subject of photo) died last week. It was inevitable – he was living on borrowed time.

    – iamelmana

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