This man favoured central Odessa and our paths crossed more than once during my stay there. This morning, however, I couldn’t resist sneaking a shot as he snoozed there on his bench. I’m very glad I did as he shaved off that magnificent beard no more than a week later…

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captain, homeless, odessa, sepia, street, ukraine

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  • Ganz
    Ganzover 6 years ago

    I love this picture!

  • Anni Morris
    Anni Morrisover 6 years ago

    I expect he has some tales to tell…a lonely life maybe. Like Captain Kat from Dylan Thomas’s poem ‘Undermilk Wood’.
    His shopping for one nestled by his side…perhaps his rum. I suppose we are always making assumptions in life…judging books by their covers. There for the grace of God etc… I find this picture sad too. It would be great for a prompt….as a creative writing exercise. Very well captured, a window on life.

  • Thank you for such a great comment Anni. I was working in Odessa, Ukraine (on the Black Sea, which is why I always thought he was an ex-seaman) and this old guy was a regular face in this particular park. Every morning at around 9, he’d be having a nap on one of the benches, positively reeking of vodka :) I couldn’t resist taking this snap though, but would never have had the courage had he been awake.

    – William Hallatt

  • Kenny Gulley Jr.
    Kenny Gulley Jr.over 6 years ago

    hah he never leaves the ship…:)

  • Adrian Donoghue
    Adrian Donoghueover 6 years ago

    What a character, great capture

  • Lisa  Kenny
    Lisa Kennyover 6 years ago

    Oh this is priceless ~ you were very brave, I’d have been scared he might have woken up….

  • I was…I must’ve looked rather dodgy walking past him…TWICE…as I took the pic on the run.. :D

    – William Hallatt

  • Joshua Westendorf
    Joshua Westendorfover 6 years ago

    This is fantastic mate! Great photo! You have positioned your subject perfectly in the frame! I love the over all effect that this image has…it has a real good feel! I absolutly love it great work!

  • Nicole Goggins
    Nicole Gogginsover 6 years ago

    Well done you! this is fantastic!!! love the composition, light, tones and subject – outstanding work!

  • Andrew Mark
    Andrew Markover 6 years ago

    what a fantastic tells so much.
    a picture like this is worth at least 2,ooo words!

    very well done!

  • paulevelin
    paulevelinover 6 years ago

    a very strong composition
    outstanding work

  • colinhollywood
    colinhollywoodover 6 years ago

    A superb image William

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