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Recession Project 6 by Strikethecamera Recession Project 6 by Strikethecamera
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This project is amazing. A superb depiction of the real everyday tragedy happening right now in the streets of our "rich modern world". No glamour here, the black and white is very appropriate for the editorial purpose, putting the harsh reality straight in your face.
When looking at your work, I can't help but think about how the fellow ended up where he is, what is the story of his life, and how he gets to survive and deal with his actual situation.
Just like the passing cars, many people won't even bother to look at him, considering him as something less than human, even thinking he is a nuisance to their own comfortable way of life, ignoring this might be their own fate, just like anyone else....
But on the other hand, even if this is an highly dramatic image, the way he pose for your camera and still find the courage to smile is giving a bit of hope, since we can feel there's still a sense of dignity in him, he doesn't seems to have throw in the towel yet.
Congatulation on this serie again, it won't change the world of course, but that's a poignant testimony of the failure of our way of life, our system, of the value of a human being in today's society.
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Meeka-Lakota Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Does it bother anyone else that it says 420? Lovely shot.
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Strikethecamera Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2011  Professional Photographer
If it helps any the town I shot this in is very liberal and very 420 friendly for the most part. He will likely get a dollar or 2 more because of it.
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KatrinKing Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2010
Strong image ! Make me think....
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Strikethecamera Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2010  Professional Photographer
thank you very much that is my artistic goal with this set of images
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KatrinKing Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2010
I like it really much ! And thank you for the watch ! :-)
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Fates-Broken-Wings Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2010
This is such an emotional piece. The expressions of the man and dog really speak to the viewer. I know that when I see a homeless person with a dog, it makes me feel twice as bad for them. So you've captured a very moving idea. And the grayscale makes it even more dramatic. Wonderful work! :clap:
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Strikethecamera Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2010  Professional Photographer
thank you so much
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Fates-Broken-Wings Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2010
You're welcome! :)
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LonelyDave Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2010
interesting, the man seems happier than his dog ...
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Strikethecamera Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2010  Professional Photographer
its true I wouldn't be happy if I was this guys dog
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LonelyDave Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2010
:giggle: hahaha !! i understand :bucktooth: ...
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0Karydwen0 Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Nice love the treatment, love pics with contrast!:)
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Strikethecamera Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2010  Professional Photographer
thank you :D
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Good-e-nuf Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2010
The man is good, but the dog makes the picture. The man is implying one thing while the inference from the dog is "Donate Now."

Walt
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Strikethecamera Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2010  Professional Photographer
it makes me sad when I see people who can't afford to feed themselves have dogs
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Good-e-nuf Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2010
Bothers me too, but sometimes the dog is the only friend these guys have. I'm a dog lover.
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Strikethecamera Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2010  Professional Photographer
Me to I can understand the why, buts it also irritates me the world that these people live in that the dog is also a protector
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MorganMidnight Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2010  Hobbyist
Judging by the apparent health of the dog, he may have had it before he fell on hard times. Considering that most people consider there dogs family, would it be fair to tell him to get rid of it?
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Strikethecamera Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2010  Professional Photographer
maybe but some folks that live the transient lifestyle their only friend is a dog. I've heard that they sometimes choose to feed there dog over themselves. Others see it as a form of protection because there are fights between each other for a yielding panhandle spot. I still don't think they should have a dog in the end but there really isn't much to do about it.
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MorganMidnight Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2010  Hobbyist
Is there a difference between them having a dog, and people in third world countries, or nomads having a dog?
Culturally we see our homeless and these people as different, but in some ways they are quite alike. They are like our urban hunters and gatherers (well, ok... mostly gatherers)But if they are making sure the dog is fed, what is the problem? Dogs are natural creatures, who generally suffer from to much confinement... If they are helping each other out, it's better than some of the alternatives for both of them (the homeless man being violently attacked at night, and the dog ending up in the pound.) Perhaps the real problem should be noted, that other people have such a disregard for the life of the downtrodden man, that the only companionship and help one has in life is a dog.
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Strikethecamera Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2010  Professional Photographer
Very true and I completely agree with that statement. Its a pity the life expectancy is less in homeless dogs though because a lack of a vet is available. I think society feels that way (in american society at least) because we have all the opportunity in the world and a bad parent or a bad action can ruin it all. Anyhow animals such as this dog pry could survive a lot better than this man in the end.
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MorganMidnight Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2010  Hobbyist
Wow... So sorry, I forgot to tell you how much I love this piece. You have such a way with the camera. I always love your work, but this one is exceptionally good because it hits at home. I also like him where he is, it seems to have more impact that it would if he was farther away from the center. If he were to far to the left, he would no longer feel like the all encompassing subject of this piece, and I think that would take away from the emotion.
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karhit Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2010
first of all...I like the photo...second...the man and the dog should be a little bit more on the left side of the photo (just my opinion)
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Strikethecamera Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2010  Professional Photographer
hmm I'll play with that idea thanks :D
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karhit Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2010
Just an idea ;)
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ArtSoul777 Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2010
Striking image - the guy seems to have hope in his smile - a hard thing to keep in these times! :D
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Strikethecamera Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2010  Professional Photographer
thank you he seemed very at peace with his way of life
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ArtSoul777 Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2010
yes - he does :)
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