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proud homeless vet

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i've always wanted to make a photo of this dude. i see him a couple times a week after slinking down laurel canyon from the city to the 101. okay ... the 134 but its really the 101.

it's really amazing to me ... coming from someone who will ask people who are reticent having their photos taken sometimes ...

the drew barrymore's of the world, "baby ... i'm not feeling it tonight and i don't think i look great."

to the scarlett johannson's, "i just want to have a drink tonight: is it cool if i don't take a picture tonight?"

i'll ask anyone having asked people who either really want their photo taken to those who really really don't.

but this guy was cool.

kinda knew he would be.

and perhaps i have this obsession ... with making photos.

like walking up my parents driveway the other night.

i always wanted to make a proper photo of "Red," the 92 year-old neighbor next door. always there to say hello.

always there to talk about the weather.

but ... he's not there any more.

i missed my chance.

i procrastinated ...

"Red" fell down his stairs ... and really fucked himself up.

i missed my chance to always remember "Red" puttering around the backyard.

Putting out food for the squirrels.

Re-finishing some piece of furniture.

now he's in an assisted care facility.

so ... always make the photo.

always always always.

you never know when that subject you're used to being part of your personal landscape ... won't ...

be there any longer.

kinda like this guy.

glad i made the photo.

and gave him a fiver for the effort.

one frame.

one moment.

and i got a nice smile.

leica mp. 35/1.4 summilux. 1/1000th at f/2.0 (overcast day). ilford delta 400 (normal)
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IruUmino's avatar
Thank you for your words. I always like to hear stories which hide behind the photos. I think it's amazing how one photo can have so much meaning for someone, who caught this moment :)
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JaffaGurlHobbyist Photographer
I love this photo!
I've noticed how you always say 'Make a photo' rather than 'Take a photo'
XD You're so awesome.
Misterichart's avatar
wow. nice......
never-home's avatar
That was beautiful. The photo and the story.
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MasantaQHobbyist Digital Artist
This photo makes me want to cry.
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SherubichanHobbyist Photographer
I don't know why... but I love his picture! You would think a Vet would have a nice house or something, but I guess this is just another thing the world throws at us. Times are hard, but it's nice to see someone still smile through it all
makepictures's avatar
Your artist comment on the procrastination of the duty to record is spot on.
cweeks's avatar
thanks, man.

red died shortly after i posted this. :(
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NettyCStudent Photographer
Wonderful photo and I love what you wrote to go with it too.
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DJA56Hobbyist Photographer
great photo ... pity the Govt don't take care of the one's who believed in them :shrug:
Tukkatii's avatar
Oh wow. This is wonderfull. I love your photogrphy, You choose your subject matter very well, and I really like the black and white.

I generally skip over photographer's pages becuase what they have are just simple photograph's.

But your amazing ^^
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Your photos are great, and the stories that go along are awsome. I just got inspiration to go shoot photos more from the story that came with this photo.
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The story behind this photograph, and the photo itself, brought tears to my eyes. A very, very nice tribute indeed. :)
CatherineMarie's avatar
love this photo. great job.
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Sweet-Red-Cherry Photographer
Thats the things we all regreat the most in our life.. :hug:
I think ur an amazing photographer.
bethanyR4D's avatar
This picture is so meaningful. And so is your comment under it.
Amazing work.
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davethomas Photographer
I've seen this guy before.
E777Y's avatar
i so wanna give him a hug. he's gorgeous. i hope someone helped him and God blessed them :)
Saliency's avatar
look at his placard.
you're absolutely right, seize the moment. And what do you say to wusses*cough* amateurs who are too shy to stand in the middle of the road and kaching with their cameras?
cweeks's avatar
i don't say anything to those who don't have the balls to make street photographs! ;)
Saliency's avatar
hey the chris weeks almighty must have some tips for getting some balls.
so you just flash that big ass camera in the face of god knows who and just go.. "i dont care if you say cheese or not im takin' it"
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mom-the-bombProfessional Photographer
Beautiful shot and comment. You are so right. Always make the shots.
nickyldr's avatar
$5 well spent =D
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wtpHobbyist Photographer
Do you happen to know the movie "Trollywood" [link] ?
A documentary...
by Madeleine Farley
an amazing women... beautiful...
got an interview with her, about the film, but never got it published...
I guess, if I ever see her again, I need to apologize to her...
but I doubt it...

This photo reminds me of it...
great shot...
makes me sad... somehow...
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