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Surrender To Snow by PortraitOfaLife Surrender To Snow by PortraitOfaLife
Lost again, broken and weary
Unable to find my way
Tail in hand, dizzy and clearly
Unable to just let this go.



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edit: i was away from the town for a couple for filming and i saw this photo of mine was chosen as daily deviation. This photo is not meant to show "how heartless i am to take photos of the poor" but its meant to make people around the world realize the harsh living conditions of the poor and create a social awareness on how to help the poor in these cold days.

please do help if you ever see any person trying to survive in harsh weather conditions.
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Given 2011-10-19
Suggester says; A deeply powerful street photograph; it's hard not to be moved by such a raw, emotional display of helpless surrender.
Surrender To Snow by *PortraitOfaLife ( Suggested by GraphiteColours and Featured by kinipelahh )
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First of all, how did you get the snow to cooperate to not be in the way of his face when you took the shot? :) Jokes aside, this is a very powerful and poignant image. Its makes a strong social commentary on the forgotten in society. By the way, the snow adds a level of harshness perception to the piece that wouldn't occur if it wasn't there. As far as mechanics, I think you did a great job on the focus. There is wonderful contrasts in your dark and light areas. I think the low angle of the shot brings the audience down to the visual level of your subject not allowing them to be in a higher (perceptually better) position. Snowy days are usually overcast so it lets me know you did an admirable job with creating light in your image. I think you were right to choose to present it in B&W because I think it would have been less powerful in color. The depth of field you created creates space for your viewers to delve into. All in all, I think its a great example of what photography can accomplish when putting a "window on the world".
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Wow, really touching yet giving away a great impact.

Let me start by saying that the vision of this photo is beyong magnificient : the homeless guy, just sitting there, almost hopeless gives away a great sense of sorrow and loneliness, however, you pick up that "lonely" feeling by introducing people in the background. Given the current social acceptance of those people, they might just walk past him without noticing.

The simple blur effect that draws attention directly on the homeless person and the area around him is very well used.

With the snow, we can directly make a link between those two where the snow is like the only company of the homeless man, giving at the same time a cold feeling (sorrow) and a warm feeling.

In sum, your piece is a "chef d'oeuvre", I fell in love with it the moment I saw it. Awesome technique, incredible impact, very original and giving away a wonderful vision. Keep up the awesome work!
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dolofion Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2015
So beautiful and sad, like life itself.
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:iconhosagu:
hosagu Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
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:iconcatchthewind213:
catchthewind213 Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013   Photographer
Amazing!!
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CanadianRy Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013
I have featured this here [link] please go have a look!
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:iconesperanzamarchita:
esperanzamarchita Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013
Really beautiful and emotive. One of the most moving shot I've seen in months.
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Arte-de-Junqueiro Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2013
Brilliant shot - and great motive!!! I hope you also help people in such "distress" - for we all know what our souls demand of us, but often our ego stops us from "getting involved"... :-(
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:iconbadnan:
badnan Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013   Photographer
amazing work
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:iconaricafoix:
AriCaFoix Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
What a powerful photograph! clear focus on the man and that light that falls just upon him...
It really feels like a surrendering to the cold, helpless.
It's great to read that you did something or him after taking the photo, or you could have been just like the other people passing by, just passing by with a camera. Great work, really ;)
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:icondiefor:
diefor Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
this is great...
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:iconyiimisekiz:
yiimisekiz Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012
çok güzel, duygulu ve dokunaklı.
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:icongypsy-roadhog:
gypsy-roadhog Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2012
Very powerful
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:iconchocolatecookiecrumb:
Chocolatecookiecrumb Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Stunning photo! o.o
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AndieMakkawaru Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2012  Professional Photographer
your pict has been featured on ;) [link]
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:iconbella-is-stella:
bella-is-stella Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012  Student Photographer
I love this shot! It makes me amazed and sad at the same time! Poor guy!
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:iconzakily:
Zakily Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012  Student Writer
uhhh...deeply impressive scene! Well done!:clap:
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BigBlueSkyFotos Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
art gives voice to those without, tells their story when no one else will, demonstrates care and empathy when there is none. truth must be told. bravo to you for having the courage in doing so! :salute:
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:icongochce:
gochce Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
beyond of perfect
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:iconmistytableau:
MistyTableau Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2012   Photographer
Hi.. :aww:
Featured here : [link]
:iconblackheartplz:
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:icondamacailin:
DamaCailin Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012  Student Photographer
I applaud your activism through artwork. Keep up the good work. People sometimes need to see instead of hear of whats happening to people now a days.
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:iconschreient:
Schreient Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Makes me sad ._.
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:icongordiepowell2:
gordiepowell2 Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
I really like the way you incorporate lovely earth tones and textures into so many of your photos.
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:iconsamstaratdev:
samstarATdev Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
iv never seen anything so real and honest.<3
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:iconhyperetic:
hyperetic Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2011  Professional General Artist
Seems quite a few people know this image is great. Evenso, I feature it and you in my journal. You can check it out here: [link]
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Angie-Pictures Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2011
Beautiful work! Congratulations on the DD! :iconflowerheartplz:
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APRILFLOAT Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2011
You have hit the mark on this shot. Too often neglect of those on the street have been the norm. Take notice and hopefully help your fellow man/woman no matter where they maybe in life.
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:iconaaroffy:
aaroffy Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2011
beautiful shot
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:iconcatchthewind213:
catchthewind213 Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2011   Photographer
Amazing photograph!
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:iconhnji:
hnji Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
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:icongraphitecolours:
GraphiteColours Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Hi! Your work is featured here: [link]
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:iconviolentinephoto:
violentinephoto Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2011  Student Photographer
so impressive!!
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:iconluizalazar:
LuizaLazar Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Hello! :squee: You're featured here: [link] Thank you for sharing your wonderful work :heart:
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:iconportraitofalife:
PortraitOfaLife Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2011  Professional Photographer
thank you :hug:
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:iconluizalazar:
LuizaLazar Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
:heart:
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:iconolga5:
Olga5 Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2011
very imprassive and powerful!
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:iconexafodon:
exafodon Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2011
Please, please go back to this place and tell to that man that he is know in the whole world now
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:iconportraitofalife:
PortraitOfaLife Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2011  Professional Photographer
i havent seen him for long time. :/
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:iconexafodon:
exafodon Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2011
a shame :/
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:iconoceaniclove:
oceaniclove Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2011
Nicely done.
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:iconportraitofalife:
PortraitOfaLife Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2011  Professional Photographer
thanks!
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:iconjamminjo:
JamminJo Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Stunning capture.
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:iconhyperetic:
hyperetic Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2011  Professional General Artist
The first word that came to mind when I saw this shot was "poignant". A very sad scene.
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:iconmithy91:
Mithy91 Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2011
Good job. You captured the melancholy atmosphere beautifully. ^^
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:iconportraitofalife:
PortraitOfaLife Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2011  Professional Photographer
thank you.
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:iconkara-karga:
kara-karga Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
etkileyici...
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:iconjaymieleemoore24:
JaymieLeeMoore24 Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2011  Student Photographer
Omg this is beautiful
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:iconportraitofalife:
PortraitOfaLife Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2011  Professional Photographer
beautifully sad i guess.
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:iconkoaltaitemaunga:
KoAltaiTeMaunga Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2011  Professional Filmographer
A beautifully executed, moving image.

you did him justice,
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Reflections-Edge Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2011
this is fantastic, I love how you used a short depth of feild it adds to the image very nice.
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:iconportraitofalife:
PortraitOfaLife Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2011  Professional Photographer
thanks!
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Reflections-Edge Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2011
your welcome
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