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Posted by
DULCIE (Danville, CA, United States) on 12 May 2011 in People & Portrait and Portfolio.

Shots of homeless/street people have unfortunately become commonplace and overdone, yet I was surprised and moved when I saw this man retrieving food from a garbage bin and stuffing it into his mouth; I was a passenger in a car waiting for the signal light to change. I had my camera in my lap and was stunned into action by his demeanor.

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Bill Brown from California, United States

Wow! Life Magazine kind of image.

12 May 2011 5:16am

rem_la from Villiers, France

whaou, quel portrait superbe !

12 May 2011 5:20am

Lydia.Dd from de partout et de nulle part, France

I can understand what you feel about this !! So sad .......but superb shot .

12 May 2011 5:27am

Mathilde Collot from Fontainebleau, France

All the misery of the world in this picture! A desperately beautiful portrait! I often wonder why and when the slippage of the world! Who let him do this descent into hell! Rich or poor ok, but at least eat and stand with dignity

12 May 2011 5:40am

J.R. from Ginowan, Japan

Yeah! It's much easier to look the other way and never know these people are out there. Great timing great shot

12 May 2011 6:01am

Phil from Sausset les Pins, France

The scene ins hard and dark , but your photo wonderful and true , Phil

12 May 2011 6:04am

k@ from Paris, France

Wonderful with that natural light and i appreciate you didn't push the constrasts too far but let him be as he is : so strong in his natural light, so true... an overwhelming image, Dulcie (and it's 2011......).

12 May 2011 6:15am

Gérard Beullac from Paris, France

Extraordinaire, terrifying also.
So in a reality, the reality of our cities.

12 May 2011 6:26am

Evelyne Dubos from Le Mans, France

A strong and touching portrait... Shame in our societies said "modern & civilized" who engender this human poverty !!!!!

12 May 2011 6:30am

❀ Yvonne Simons ❀ from Tilburg, Netherlands

This is the best picture you've ever made!
A superb portrait, subject, color, attitude, great!
I say spothlight! 5 Stars!
(I sympathize with the man)

12 May 2011 6:38am

Florence from Paris, France

One of your greatest and successful portrait dear, in many ways. Rendering first. An extra sharpness which underlines all his wrinkles and his dirtiness. Extra palette of blue range in the background and the window glass delivers a kind of icy feel. Then, the moment you've caught this image really tells a story. How tough life in the street can be if you stay too long. Who can be porud of our so called modern society to let people becomes part of the street ? Millions stars for you.

12 May 2011 6:51am

Tede from Aubenas 07, France

A difficult and moving image, magnificent. 5 *. Nice day.

12 May 2011 8:09am

Chantal from Terheijden, Netherlands

what a marvelous face, all those life lines in it

12 May 2011 9:08am

Marleen from Doesburg, Netherlands

I totally agree with Florence, a picture with a lot of impact!

12 May 2011 9:09am

Stephen from Canberra, Australia

Powerful image - a difficult subject done with great sensitivity.

12 May 2011 9:10am

Anthony Morgan Lambert from Bielefeld(old West Wales boy), Germany

What a powerful and amazing portrait,it shows how messed up our world is !!

12 May 2011 9:18am

Christine from Duns, United Kingdom

Superb portrait, a very sad image, I hope he found a meal that day

12 May 2011 9:26am

delkoo from marguerittes, France

this is absolutly great shot , showing shamelessly the difficulty of living of a certain person.

12 May 2011 9:49am

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

A powerful statement about our society and how we treat those in need! Well seen and captured Dulcie! ;-)

12 May 2011 11:22am

MARIANA from Waterloo, Canada

Strong and very sad !

12 May 2011 12:32pm

Laurette from South Africa

A very emotional image that is part of life. Well captured.

12 May 2011 12:44pm

Jason Politte from Conway, AR, United States

Wow, what an image - great docushot!

12 May 2011 1:12pm

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

Outstanding portraiture, best shot of the day in my view.

12 May 2011 1:35pm

Photographs by M.E. from San Francisco, United States

impressive portrait with all the details from image to facial expression!

12 May 2011 1:57pm

marci from in, Morocco

I can imagine the surprise. Well seen, well caught. What a life he has had, to be sure!

12 May 2011 2:02pm

Sam from Chennai, India

A powerful portrait. So sad. I believe that we are also responsible for this sad state of affairs ... :)

12 May 2011 2:31pm

Kenny from Eastsound, United States

A remarkable image. I think I understand what you are saying above, but I don't really think reality can be over done.

12 May 2011 3:43pm

MissT from Chicagoland, United States

Incredible detail - fantastic portrait!

12 May 2011 3:49pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

outstanding grunge

12 May 2011 6:13pm

RBL from Oxford, United States

Great capture and detail, sad though -- strong story here!

12 May 2011 6:31pm

marc battault from clermont ferrand, France

great shot ,powerful !!
five stars ,dulcie !
kiss !

12 May 2011 7:17pm

Allan Clark from Dunedin, New Zealand

5* life cone be so unfair. no one should have to live like this

12 May 2011 11:37pm

Nina from Chester County, Pennsylvania, United States

Wow - this is amazing...tells so much in a "from the hip" shot. Sad and intriguing all at the same time. It's so hard to believe that in 2011, in this great country of ours, we still have people living this way...surreal.

13 May 2011 12:39am

jeffrey from Haydenville, United States


13 May 2011 10:16am

Anita from West Nottingham, United States

The harshness of the light works well here to dramatize and accentuate the lines on this man's weathered face and hands. You caught him putting the food in his mouth--the perfect moment. Well seen and captures. So sad. I keep thinking that someone like this may well be a war casualty.

14 May 2011 8:55pm

wendy at the shore from United States

This is one of those DustBowl type photos...entering that in the LIFE Mag. type places? And your tenderness with this shot is evident in not rousting about him. Oh, what a passionate scene and soul. Staying alive and bearing up all in the same breath. Absolutely exquisite, unbelievably touching.

17 May 2011 8:17pm

1/800 second
ISO 400
405 mm (35mm equiv.)