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Little Children, Do Not Play With Fire

Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM

I turned the corner and walked past him, but I still didn’t see him--took a while for my brain to recognize a man. But when I finally saw, my heart bled through my eyes and nearly died. My steps slowed as the world turned silent, but I could hear my beating heart louder than ever. It gasped between cries.

I turned about and found myself before him once more, with an Angel’s moist and unsure hands tightening around my own.


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Image details
Image size
3840x4896px 12.51 MB
Canon EOS 5D Mark III
Shutter Speed
1/1600 second
Focal Length
35 mm
ISO Speed
Date Taken
May 25, 2013 5:10:01 PM +08:00
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Laura-Skeff's avatar
:( Impressive. My reaction would have been the same.
Xyclopx's avatar
Thanks.  It was a curious and unforgettable feeling, an experience that would be a waste if I were to do nothing with what I saw and felt.
TheRuinsOfMan's avatar
This is an incredibly powerful photo.
Xyclopx's avatar
... thank you--I am a better person being there.  As I said in the description I passed him, but as I walked I felt saddened in a way I have never experienced before.  There was this man who was almost not a man anymore, and I pondered about the fact that there was no way for him to make a living and he would have to live off others' pity for the remainder of his painful life.  It just made me feel so lucky to have made it this far in my own life.  I shed a tear, but my dad didn't see.  I told him I needed to go back to check something out.  I walked back and took this photo, but like the boy I was still in shock as I looked at this man.  I emptied all the money in my wallet into his box--it was all I knew to do at the time.
TheRuinsOfMan's avatar
It is sad that there is not much that can be done to help him.
This man through you and your camera has made me appreciate my life and health more than I had before.