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"There is no scandal like rags, nor any crime so shameful as poverty" George Farquhar (1678-1707)


"There is no scandal like rags, nor any crime so shameful as poverty" George Farquhar (1678-1707)

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  • Suby
  • Milton Keynes, UK
  • 9 Jul 2007, 01:09
True, true, true
  • Yeni
  • 9 Jul 2007, 02:20
Sorry I fail to see the correlation between the image and the quote? Being poor is a state of mind, and because he is begging on the street, does that make him poor? Please elaborate
Dotun Ayodeji: What is there to elaborate about poverty? The American heritage dictionary describes poverty as "The state of being poor; lack of the means of providing material needs or comforts" and also describes poor as "Having little or no wealth and few or no possessions". I don't think if this guy was very wealthy he will be beggng on the streets. And no where in the shot shows a man begging so I am not really sure how you came to that conclusion/judgement. But it is obvious that your first thought about this shot is a "beggar" so you got the message that his condition is apparently not a nice one. This guy actually does not no beg for money on 4th street close to my job but begs for any kind of mini jobs that can fetch him a dollar or 2 and you call that a a state of mind? It is very easy for us to walk around with our expensive cameras and lens and forgeting that you are lucky to be able to afford one. The truth is that you may not appreciate what you have now until you find yourself in a similar condition. Like they say, to know what it is to be poor you have to ask someone who is poor. But Again, it does not depend on how you get there poverty is still poverty, seeing a scene like this is simply a wakeup call for me, it reminds me that not everyone sleeping on the streets choose to live this way. If only you can take sometime out and talk to these folks you may view things just a little different. Sorry, I did not mean for this to be a long one, but you asked me to elaborate smile
  • Yeni
  • 9 Jul 2007, 02:21
I dont see anything I this shot that speaks out about poverty at all
Is he begging? I don't see that he is. I see that he has poverty of movement. But most of all I like the pic. We often miss those nice rear shots.
Dotun Ayodeji: Not sure where Yeni got the begging thing from, most importantly you got a feel that this guy might be poor or homeless which he is. Thanks for the visit Aussie.
Great B&w Dotun, very emotive picture...
  • Yeni
  • 9 Jul 2007, 10:26
you have answered a few but not all my questions, I am going to proposal a theme based on this discusion
Sorry Dee but I don't get Yeni's question at all. The pic which is very well taken does not show begging and it comes very close to not showing poverty, no I'll say it does not show poverty just an ederly person trying to get around and your right we almost always ignore people like this and it would most likley enrich our lives if we did engage them. Can't wait to see what his proposed theme is going to be.

  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 9 Jul 2007, 11:43
Interesting discussion you and Yeni. I must say that I don't see poverty or begging in the picture. I can see the guy is in need of a wheelchair, which he has. I will take your word for the fact that he has other needs that are not richly provisioned for and has him out in the streets. You obviously know the guy.

I was thinking of a longer comment but will leave it at that.

Great picture and and ditto composition.
Great picture Dotun.
  • Ginnie
  • Atlanta, GA, United States
  • 9 Jul 2007, 15:48
If you had used a different title and a different quote, Dotun, I wonder what the discussion would have been?! If your title had been "Enabled," for instance, what would we be saying!

This is a wonderful "emotive" pic, as Flo has said!
  • Mal
  • 9 Jul 2007, 16:58
I see lonelyness and an element of desparation with this Dee, makes me think. I almost hate myself saying this but I love the shot but at the expense of anothers misery. mal
Goodness, this is a powerful image. Well done you.
This is a very powerful image. Speaks of lonliness with him so solitary.
A very powerful image...
  • Ellie
  • 10 Jul 2007, 00:56
I see a picture of somebody struggling, and because of that I think your words are relevant and give the image the power you intend it to have.

You know more about this scene than we do, and I know that I would be saddened if anybody in my family had to be alone, struggling to get around in a hand-propelled wheelchair.
  • Kay
  • 10 Jul 2007, 04:50
Very touching photo, Dotun. I like where you placed him in the picture, and the vignette around it. Really captivating.
A very strong composition that stirs the emotions.
Completely agree.....
Beautiful shot Dotun
WOW! What a debate....If you say it's poverty then I guess I'll take it as that. It's your shot!
nicely composed
Dotun Ayodeji: came back to this shot again smile How is business going?
  • t-baby
  • 28 Jul 2007, 19:48
So sad........but then there are different levels of poverty............the man has a wheel chair and a back my country(your country) some can't even afford that, they are pushed around in wheel barrows.....what a shame
  • chi
  • United Kingdom
  • 27 Feb 2009, 22:24
powerful love ur blog!..

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