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photoblog image Poverty in the cold

Poverty in the cold

On our streets we wtiness the epitomes of poverty and rejection day after day.  This was taken at union station in DC and probably one of the images you will not see on your TV sets.  The open area behind this guy is usually filled with the homeless. It has to be very difficult for him to be homeless and handicapped. This very cold morning I spotted this man and asked him if he's had some coffee or something to eat, and he said no! he took my offer to move to somewhere warmer to get something to eat and thats when this was snapped. You can even tell by the band on his right wrist that he must have been at the hospital recently but how rough can life be if you are sent back to the streets and not a shelter after being treated??

 I have more of similar shots, I will think of putting it up at a later time...over  to you shutterchance!

Poverty in the cold

On our streets we wtiness the epitomes of poverty and rejection day after day.  This was taken at union station in DC and probably one of the images you will not see on your TV sets.  The open area behind this guy is usually filled with the homeless. It has to be very difficult for him to be homeless and handicapped. This very cold morning I spotted this man and asked him if he's had some coffee or something to eat, and he said no! he took my offer to move to somewhere warmer to get something to eat and thats when this was snapped. You can even tell by the band on his right wrist that he must have been at the hospital recently but how rough can life be if you are sent back to the streets and not a shelter after being treated??

 I have more of similar shots, I will think of putting it up at a later time...over  to you shutterchance!

comments (18)

  • Suby
  • Milton Keynes, UK
  • 2 Nov 2006, 00:47
When I last was in DC I was soo surprised at the poverty in one of the most powerful states in the world, when I enquired why there were slums in DC, I was told that all the imprtant people only come to DC to fight for their own states and DC is then neglected (not sure how true that is smile )

Suby

Sweet shot
Dotun Ayodeji: I never looked at it that way, but coming to think of it you are very right. Thanks for the comment.
  • Toun
  • United States
  • 2 Nov 2006, 02:13
I looove your shots. There's always a story behind them. I especially love the emotion that jumps out of the pics. Great job.
Dotun Ayodeji: Thanks Toun!
  • rea
  • Switzerland
  • 2 Nov 2006, 10:17
a well captured picture...
without your declaration, he looks happy.. and I think that`s on of the most important thing you can have, your smile...
Dotun Ayodeji: Thanks Rea!
  • Chantal
  • Netherlands
  • 2 Nov 2006, 13:04
impressive street photo
Dotun Ayodeji: Thanks Chantal!
  • chris p
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 2 Nov 2006, 14:52
More please Dotun, this has an amazing feel to it - very well taken. Have you tagged it "Theme9" for the poverty theme challenge?
Dotun Ayodeji: Thanks Chris, I already have one image for theme9.
  • Ellie
  • United Kingdom
  • 2 Nov 2006, 16:20
I feel so lucky, and very humble, when I see shots like this.
Dotun Ayodeji: Yes, you are very lucky, thanks Ellie!
  • Mal
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 2 Nov 2006, 17:47
Very humbling Dee, Mal
Dotun Ayodeji: Thanks Mal.
Great capture Dotun, makes one think
Dotun Ayodeji: Thanks Etomi.
  • Elsie
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 2 Nov 2006, 21:35
Very very nice shot Dotun.
Dotun Ayodeji: Thanks Elsie.
  • nev
  • Australia
  • 2 Nov 2006, 23:14
Great shot dotun. i admire the compassion you have shown this man by offering to assist him with a warm meal.
Dotun Ayodeji: Thanks Nev, its alsways my pleasure to do so.
A very nice and humanist shot - I vote for you !
Dotun Ayodeji: Thanks Zebigleb.
the homeless are a sad but true phenomenon of many city streets. you've captured a candid shot dotun.
Dotun Ayodeji: Thanks Cecillia.
  • Mia
  • US of A
  • 3 Nov 2006, 04:39
You've captured the expression and details very well Dotun, to make this a powerful image. Its easier to turn your back on people who are of no "use" to the society anymore. I'm proud you stepped up and offered him something to eat smile Such tiny gestures mean so much to them, its hard to put it to words.
Dotun Ayodeji: Thanks Mia.
  • yinca
  • Us of A
  • 3 Nov 2006, 19:02
Very noble of you to feed the guy. I know u didnt have to but u did... You know what? i hope i don't sound condescending when i say this, but im proud of you Dotun. ( At least he has a coat)
Dotun Ayodeji: Thanks Yinca!
  • Sidak
  • India
  • 5 Nov 2006, 02:55
great shot, lovely meaning and noble thought.

you can clearly see the happiness that you gave him in just one act.
Dotun Ayodeji: Thanks Sidak!
  • Chinwe
  • United States
  • 20 Nov 2006, 18:20
Dotun, this picture stood out for me cos it tells a story. I wasn't feeling his smile because it is ironic to his situation. Then I read your blog, maybe he smile was due to your compassion. I don't know much about the technical part of photography. However, photojournalism capturing human suffering can't be exhausted. I hope to see more of these type of pictures, it helps creates a much needed awareness in our society. Good luck as you develop your skills. I was also trying to figure out through your pictures what you are passionate about. I haven't decided yet. Looking forward to more pictures.
  • ema
  • lagos
  • 29 Aug 2007, 17:44
goosh!think he`s a lucky dude he`s got a wheelchair.Men back home roll on planks with fabricated tyres,on the streets of lagos even in traffic begin for alms,all to make ends meet
  • Jennie
  • United States
  • 28 Aug 2011, 21:24
Have to wonder how souls like this fare in situations like Irene! Great image, sad subject

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