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a sad evening 4 xmas shopping by cweeks a sad evening 4 xmas shopping by cweeks
i return to los angeles ... only to find rain.

this was actually very early in the evening ... like 5.30p.

was shooting details of a new showroom featuring $60,000 bathtubs and $25,000 stoves for an architectural mag. when i walked up to the location i saw this guy. felt bad for him. alas, there's really nothing i can do for him. as with most of the homeless in santa monica ... they have internal problems that they must face and deal with before they could "really" accept help from any person in society.

this guy had a blank stare. i know he was fretting about a rainy night and no where to sleep.

the showroom i was shooting in had a sign on the door, "no sitting or sleeping in this area." guess that's not the image they wanted.

so i smoked a cigarette and just watched with my 70-200.

what i liked was that the guy was basically in the dark and although rainy there were so many christmas lights and store lights on illuminating the sidewalk and street. saw this happy little family juxtaposed with the dispair ... and knew this was the photo i wanted to make.

canon eos 1d mark 2. 70-200/2.8L. 1/6th second (thank God for Image Stabilizer) at f5.0. 800 iso.

i have two (2) versions. dunno why but the colour works better than a b/w version. i like both but i think for once the colour connoting xmas was good. further, i decided not to shoot wide open as i wanted at least some of the detail of the background to come out. only the homeless guy and the background blown out ... hmm ... not sure i'd like it. shooting at 1/6th ... hmm ... that was a challenge ... but it also allowed some walking movement of the family.
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Given 2004-12-17
a sad evening 4 xmas shopping by *cweeks is a moving and timely deviation. We have a lot to be grateful for at this time of year, however it can be easy to walk past the homeless or less fortunate than ourselves in our mad rush to make the shops before closing. This image forces us to think about others, in this case the slumped figure on his worn and tattered suitcase, quietly observing the silly season around him. I wonder who he is, and where he would like to go if given half a chance. ( Featured by serpentinekiss )
ambermdigitalpaints Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The man's body language just breaks my heart. I've never looked at a photo and cried. For some reason, this one just makes me tear up. Great capture.
NunoCanha Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
StamatisGR Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2011   Photographer
Featured: [link]
Katty-boo Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2011
I like it, thanks!

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kavsikuzah Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
LeGuru Featured By Owner May 6, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Almost 6 years ago... wonder where that man could be right now, hm.

Amazing shot, i think i saw your gallery a few months ago (or years, dunno), but just now i'm going over every photo, i love it. :)
k-fer Featured By Owner May 6, 2010
featured :heart: [link]
Myinca-Lu-Pinky Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
thats so sad :(
Blood-Of-A-Pirate Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
Hey :wave: I featured this amazing image in my journal [link] An early Merry Christmas to you! (yep i'm getting into the spirit early :giggle:) :santa: :party:
Drakusxxx Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2007  Student
I love this photo.
The colors bouncing off the cement are awesome.

This photo works very well, and I love the fact that this man is homeless and he's looking at the family, possibly thinking of his own.
It works well. Very Nice shot.
darkreader01 Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2007
I think that christmas is sad - and this picture is amazing - good job!
truelove777 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2007
Good emotion here ! love it
chromerobot Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2007
Loving the colorful reflections on the wet pavement...
dilekselek Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2007
Nice shot, i liked the red light.
pinkblue Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2007
I love night photos specially on rainy nights. Like the colors and the reflection of the lights on the sidewalk. Nice composition. Sometimes when the photo is not sharp enough looks better. Love it.
sniggaz Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2006
this picture is so sad :(
but its a great shot !
12a Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2006
:( this reminds me of a story my mother told me when we went shopping around christmas time... She went into a charity shop just looking for any bargins basically when a woman asks her
'would these look good under the tree? they would be nice wouldnt they'
my mother turns around and sees a woman holding a pair of old really beaten up size 12 mens shoes with a big hole at the end which was filled with card... this woman was homeless, she was in about her late sixties early seventies. She had her trolly with her and she was afraid that people were going to steal from it and kept checking on it every couple of seconds. My mother told her 'they would be lovely'... what really gets me about this is though everyone gets so hyped up over holidays and buying buying buying for loved ones and such. Then there is this woman who has no-one and she is buying herself a present because she has no one to share her holiday with. Oh! I got so upset when I heard that when my mother came back to the car.
sorry for the long comment.
u-think-you-know-me Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2006
awww so sad :-(
vanilla-dreamer Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2005
I really love the reflections :)
cweeks Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2005
thank you!
BBCVersus Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2005   Photographer
cweeks Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2005
thank you!
Disillusionz Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2005  Hobbyist Photographer
Amazing picture. Gave me goosebumps and literally brought tears to my eyes.
aclees Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2005
To be quite honest, most of the time I feel emotionless... But this really touched me, and made me feel really sad... For me, this is an image with not much in the way of aesthetics, but the meaning is so very deep that it far outweighs the need for any aesthetics. I don't know if I'm making sense here, but I just want to say that this really touched me. :)
cweeks Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2005
made me pretty sad as well. hope his next xmas is different!
GVKnight Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2005
i like the reflection you have on the pavement.
Marie-Aude Featured By Owner May 24, 2005
:+fav: for all the contrasts in this picture, for the instant, so real, and for all it makes us think about
Th3-Virus-M4triX Featured By Owner May 20, 2005  Professional Interface Designer
yeah when u across X-mas alone is really sucky
sciphex Featured By Owner May 17, 2005
What a shot what a shot what a shot!
cweeks Featured By Owner May 18, 2005
thank you.
JKnox Featured By Owner May 16, 2005  Hobbyist Photographer
This is streetshots at its best!! Amazing shot, works on soo many levels. I can feel the man's longing to be young again, back when things were easy and Christmas was a fun time, not a time to worry about freezing to death, or I guess in Santa Monaca, being soaked and misrable. The colors are incredible, the red looks like blood.
cweeks Featured By Owner May 19, 2005
thank you so much!!!!!
SuperJen Featured By Owner May 15, 2005
I really like this..the title especially.
NKVD Featured By Owner May 14, 2005
still this picture is probably better than the pictures you took of the 60,000$ baths....really sad...really
elfic Featured By Owner May 14, 2005
Like light in the floor :)
elipsoid Featured By Owner May 14, 2005
This is definitely a brilliant photo, as usual. But if I can add my very humble opinion, since the guy is looking the other way from the camera, I would focus on the family. It could create kind of nice "outline" of him. But that was just my two cents.
the-fading-glory Featured By Owner May 13, 2005   Writer
I like how it's friendly but sad all in the same holiday moment.
eNiOrAnGe Featured By Owner May 13, 2005
fantastic photo! :)
quanitz Featured By Owner May 13, 2005  Hobbyist Photographer
What a great picture! Lots of feelings to it! Great colors!
Msilushn Featured By Owner May 13, 2005
The reflection of light on the wet cement is great! I also love the detail that can be seen in the photo, such as the suitcase and sneakers.

Boy does this photo bring back memories! I did case management in San Francisco; we (the employees) had to sign contracts stating that we wouldn't give money to any of the clients. It's hard when you see someone you know out on the streets at night though. C'est la vie. We all do the best we can. I will say helping out people like this is one of the most rewarding jobs a person can have, but also can be exhausting emotionally.
joejoesmoe Featured By Owner May 13, 2005
Wow, even though this is an older picture, I don't think I've ever clicked on this one before. This is the first time I've seen it. It's very touching. It's such a simple shot, yet it's so meaningful. You captured true emotion here. Amazing work:!: :clap:
ahhelga Featured By Owner May 7, 2005
Truth be told...I almost cried in this one. I know I cry way too much about pictures! But still...this one is just as if I was in my old neighborhood, where homeless walk the streets aplenty. Beautiful. Simply beautiful.

thats me
aka Pauline
cweeks Featured By Owner May 8, 2005
hmm ... thank you!

sorry you cried though.
wirecantsmell Featured By Owner May 5, 2005   Photographer
ah, one of my favorite things is light on wet pavement... so sexy.
cweeks Featured By Owner May 5, 2005
me too!
h3wi3ntj4h Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2005
i think color version is better for this one because of the simple fact that u are underlining u like the christmas lights and storewindows lighting the place up as contrast to the dark place the homeless person is in...i think it woulnd't be such an obvious contrast in b&w, because then u loose the "happy color" against the "shadow of a man" effect!
cweeks Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2005
hmm ... i guess that's true.

the photo works better in colour ... trust me.
skipra Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2005
impressive composition, only the image is a bit blured.. a bit.. :D
DejewVu Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2005
Great shot... the theme sort of reminds me of a picture I did, but you captured it far better than I ever could.
cweeks Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2005
very close. i have another ... like ... i was just thinking ... that's the title...

even more similar.

cheers mate!
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Submitted on
December 10, 2004
Image Size
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Camera Data

Canon EOS-1D Mark II
Shutter Speed
1/6 second
Focal Length
120 mm
ISO Speed
Date Taken
Dec 8, 2004, 11:39:05 AM