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The story:

I was walking around downtown looking for homeless people to take their picture for a project of mine. This man approached me and asked for some change so he and his wife could get home. He looked somewhat disheveld and slightly nervous. Perhaps he was new to panhandling. I agreed to help him out and asked if i could take his picture for my project. He agreed and i took several photos of him against the brick wall. I then gave him a dollar and he was very thankful. I walked about ten steps away then turned around because i forgot to ask his name. He then shrieked...collapsed...and started seizing. Shaking, gasping, spittle comming from his mouth. Several people rushed to his aid...some ran off to find help...some just watched as i did. I dont know what compelled me to take the subsequent photos, but i did. The ambulance came and took him away. I dont know what happened to him or if he was ok. When he fell the dollar i gave him as well as others blew away. It was a rather windy day.


*n03113 wrote an excellent poem about the experience after i told her the story... make sure you check it out [link]

it was also suggest that i sell prints and give the profits to the homeless or that man, if ever i see him again... so thats what ill do... all profits from the sale of this print will go twoards the homeless ...but i doubt anyone will want a print of this

enjoy.
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:iconmajire:
majire Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2007
wow. that was freaking weird. if that happens to me.... id be like shit
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NocturnalSpirit Featured By Owner May 15, 2006  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, powerful ...
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:iconwestwardcloud:
westwardcloud Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2004
amazing story..
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sxxyyplexiii84 Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2004
thats crazy.
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:iconmercinder:
mercinder Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2003
what a story... what a bunch of shots. Gawd I love your work.
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:iconstae12bend:
stae12bend Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2003
hmm i wonder if that flash of photo give him a reaction of collapsing O.O hmmm

o welll OH or he ate some of the coins i dono im over thinging

you have areally intersting picture ^0^
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:icondinks-designs:
Dinks-Designs Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2003  Hobbyist General Artist
Powerful words... like the title, great capture :)
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:iconyhancik:
yhancik Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2003
an amazing story and a nice journalistic work
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:icontomtom2099:
tomtom2099 Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2003
Like it.

Wow.... It is really weird.. the first 2 pictures... of somebody who right after collapse.. strong..
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:iconkindrisana:
kindrisana Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2003
DAMN! IT --IS-- JEZUS!
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:iconmrpookpook:
mrpookpook Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2003
Wow. Thats really powerful. Great job.
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:iconsugarlips:
sugarlips Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2003
wow
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:iconvoique:
voique Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2003   Digital Artist
damn that's some crazy shit.. that'd freak me out
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benkyoto Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2003
From :critiqueme:

This one is all about the story. It is well done and compelling in a journalistic sense; it is not intended to be "pretty" but rather serves the function of telling a story. Kudos on that.
Two arguable points here.
1. I think the font you used for the title overlay is way too decorative. Since this is a crude, "in your face" real-life experience, I do NOT think an embellished, wedding card-like typo goes well here.
2. Perhaps it would have been more effective to close the series with a couple of irregular-format shots like those on top, showing some more detail of the scene. I understand your "shock and awe" (to use an unfortunate term in a more fortunate fashion) when you saw this guy collapse, but nevertheless it would have been good, for your work's sake, to get nearer. I'm not suggesting that you take the morbid details such as this fellow's decomposed face splurting foam, but perhaps the feet of all the passerby's who stopped to watch or the paramedics' hands holding the frame of the stretcher while taking him away. Something that would make more evident the whole action you witnessed, and would give a stronger ending.

Cheers.
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yokom Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2003
what if he had a seizure because of the pictures you took of him? wouldn't that be a thought? and of course, a very tragic irony.

i sure hope he was okay. :) (Smile)
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alteredreality Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2003
Really powerful pic. Well done....i hope he turned out ok.
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darkdoomer Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2003  Professional Digital Artist
maybe he felt down because he should'nt eat anything since several times. we can only imagine how it's dificult to survive , outside, without money or house for month, or years. so, imagine only one dollar! it looks nothing for us, but when you've lost everything, that's really something.

really powerful mood and message. kind of scene who happens rarely.
we hope he get better now.
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:iconchdani:
chdani Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2003
that must have been wierd. but you know the fact that you gave him his last(?) smile is quite beautiful.

I read the poem too. theŭ make this even more beautiful together.
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misty911 Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2003  Professional General Artist
...oh man... that is an amazing story... nice series of shots.
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:iconforevernight:
forevernight Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2003   Writer
this is really amazing... it is so sad people cant live with each other... i'm just so ... i dont know, it is too sad for me :( (Sad)
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:iconelfmagic:
elfmagic Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2003
If I had some money I would buy one of these prints. This is a crazy story. When I get paid I'll buy one. I guess for now I'll just fav it.
Bounce
Shay
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:iconpc13:
pc13 Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2003
life is so cruel...
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:iconsir-tam:
sir-tam Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2003
Ooops, sorry I meant to put "like deviantion", sorry :) (Smile)
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:iconsir-tam:
sir-tam Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2003
Nice shots?.......?
Creepy....
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:icon--joao--:
--joao-- Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2003
A very interesting story you have there. I would be in shoke if that happens to me ... Too bad that you weren't closer to take some shots of the medics with that guy, but I doubt that they would let you anyway. Shrug
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aaxte Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2003
woah. crazy story. it makes the images really powerful.
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:iconkyria-eos:
kyria-eos Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2003   Photographer
I can't day weither I like this or dislike it but it has a powerful effect. What a saddening story.
It's good of you to remember him.
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juushika Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2003
Quite a story ... and the story is what really brings the piece together. It's effect is strongest on the first two images, the portraits of that man, making them even more personal. They are so raw, so simple, so unedited, and it works very well. Nice piece, especially for what you're trying to get across.

Also: Thanks much for the wonderful feedback, one again, and I'll take your suggestions into consideration.
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heartmurmur Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2003
wow. idiot me... i forgot to read the description. that's a crazy story. wow. wow indeed. that makes me enjoy it even more. yay for you giving me inspiration! huzzah!
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:iconheartmurmur:
heartmurmur Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2003
woah. i like this a lot! i'd like to hear the whole story behind that...
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:iconjellycious:
jellycious Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2003
Dude?!?!11!?oneone

YOU USED TOO MUCH FLASH!?!?!! YOU CAUSED HIM SEIZURES... AND STUFF...

OMG
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iamnophotographer Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2003  Hobbyist Photographer
wow this is quite a story man. must have been weird.
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:iconn03113:
n03113 Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2003
Jesus needs your help Klynxy!

anyways, you already know my thoughts on the subject.. :/ poor man.. I still wish that you could figure out if he's alright.
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klynx Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2003
HOLY SHIT, THAT'S JESUS!
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