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Whose Child is This? (Sleeping on the Streets)       ©2009 Jade O.
Panasonic DMC-FZ30       2nd place, 178 points
1s, f3.6, ISO 80, 98mm, Manual, Spot, no flash
 
Post-Processing: Slight rotate to vertical, resized.       Extra Info: December 23, 2009, 7:37 p.m., -5C and dropping. Sleeping on a ventilation grate for warmth, she looked middle aged, but I could not tell if she was cold on such a cold cold night. It occurred to me that she was someone's Child once, hopefully loved, a little girl who surely then had some dreams and hopes. The night before Christmas Eve, on this cold and silent night, streetlights seemed a substitute for the stars of the night skies over Bethlehem on a perhaps similarly cold night long ago, I thought of this song, and pondered the meaning of Christmas...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MSf_39DxoVQ
 
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dodrizzt
Jan 7, 2010
    Many congrats Jade, superb heart-touching image, and one of the best all around, at least for me... that deserves an extra prize ;-)

brown04
Jan 7, 2010
    Really great capture with nice color and sharpness and lights in the background which belie the sad (but beautifully done) main subject. I especially like the fog just behind her.

henriksson
Jan 6, 2010
    Love the photo, sad about the motive.
Regards / Thomas H.

boar76
Jan 6, 2010
    Brava Jade!
...I had no time to do anythig!:-(
I'm happy for you result!
Happy new year!!! :-)))
See you the next challenge!

doto
Jan 5, 2010
    Touching, sad and a beautiful shot: point of view, composition and light just perfect - I really like this one - well done!

lmijeyes
Jan 5, 2010
    Congratulations!. sad indeed but real... It makes me wonder how much does it take to change our society...

harpazo_hope
Jan 4, 2010
    Congratulations! Still a great image today. :)

Jade O.
Jan 4, 2010
    Thank you for your kind words, Bill and Mepo.

Jade O.
Jan 4, 2010
    Thank you each for your votes and comments.

Lo, I think the answer to how what you see here can happen is quite complex. The reality is that there are as many stories as there are homeless individuals in the streets. For me the larger shame is that, in Toronto, the largest part of homeless demographic is actually children under 12 years of age. They are virtually invisible because they, and their families, are mostly housed in hotels, motels and the like, all around Toronto, while they await subsidized housing spaces or other social housing alternatives. The people you see on the streets are actually a minority of the true homeless population. The wonder of how this can happen is readily answered; there is not popular support for commitment of financial resources (ie. tax revenue) to house the homeless. So long as "they" are not visible, enough of "we" do not really care enough about what happens to them to have governments take a more proactive role in providing housing for those who do not have the resources to provide shelter for themselves or their families.

I will post a follow up photo and story in the forum section since there is more of a story to be told than is expressed in this image.

wrosenthal
Jan 4, 2010
    Very nice street work here, and in the open category as well. This was in my top five, so happy to see it get the recognition that I think it deserves.

Lo
Jan 4, 2010
    Congratulations Jade - I like the composition, and the way the lines seem to close around the sleeping figure. I knew the scene was real; it's a vignette that's seen in Ottawa as well. You have to wonder how this can happen when we have one of the best welfare systems in the world.

Mepo
Jan 4, 2010
    Congratulations.

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melmira
Jan 4, 2010
    A sad reality, very well composed shot, good use of light and DOF for the mood, GL

Jade O.
Jan 4, 2010
    Thank you all for your comments. The scene is real and one of at least a half dozen persons I could have taken within a two block radius on this night in a similar pose. I try not to judge any of the persons I saw that night by where they were; each of our lives has a story as independent as we are as individuals. My view is that we are all brothers and sisters and all a part of the human condition with more that is in common than we have that sets us apart. But I did think of her on Christmas Day and pondered all that I had witnessed.
Edited on Jan 4, 2010

Franz07
Jan 4, 2010
    I hope you've set this shot up! If it is real - and your extra info suggests so - this is really alarming. There is no louder demand for social security!

Photographically your shot is brilliant. Great sharpness all over and an impressive DR. In spite of all the different light sources, the tree in the background is clearly visible and nicely lit. Very well done.

dodrizzt
Jan 3, 2010
    A great and sadful image for the theme, certainly makes one think about how fortunate we are just for having a ceiling to sleep under...my #2 and a clear favourite.

lmijeyes
Dec 31, 2009
    This is one sad photo. But still a very good one. It complies perfectly no the subject. Good composition as well. I liked how you took the shot seeing the subject with reference to the street. Good Shot! Happy New Year!

elliott
Dec 31, 2009
    my top pick for this challenge. and really you didn't even need title or extra info on this one. it speaks for itself rather well. well done. el

harpazo_hope
Dec 31, 2009
    The exposure on this shot is fantastic. It makes me almost brave and inspired enough to go outside and take some night shots for the coming challenge.

wrosenthal
Dec 31, 2009
    Poignant, and a fine example of street photography. A top contender and in my top five. Good luck.

KJW
Dec 31, 2009
    Really like this photo, but is sad to know there are situations like this all over the world.
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