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One of several homeless men I saw in the week I was there.
The man is blowing on his hands because it was a bit cold.
Odd perspective because I shot this with camera held low and everything preset.



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Aug 23, 2013 at 12:46 AM
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He was only blowing on his hands! Wow must be some serious mind over matter going on here. There really seems to be something to that meditating.
Douglas



Aug 23, 2013 at 11:39 PM
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And we have the audacity to complain, a powerful image Charlie.

Cheers Ray



Aug 24, 2013 at 10:05 PM
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This is why I expose my children to the rest of the world....amazing slice of life Charlie...your particular slant on this one is pretty powerful.
Eric



Aug 24, 2013 at 10:18 PM
 

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Charlie, I guess even if you took a sneaky shot you didn't blend in.
It's a dynamic and powerful image.
Chris



Aug 25, 2013 at 03:58 PM
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Thanks Douglas, Ray, Eric and Chris.
My "particular slant on this one..." I got that one also, Eric. You can't sneak things past a sneak .
Charlie



Aug 26, 2013 at 04:02 AM
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Are you sure this guy wasn't an ascetic?


Aug 28, 2013 at 12:06 AM
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mrchile wrote:
Are you sure this guy wasn't an ascetic?


A valid question, MrChile.
Although it can't be determined by the photograph alone, and I cannot say with 100% certainty.
Whenever I encounter such a person, I watch them discreetly for 15 or 20 minutes, even if I only take one shot.
I've seen seriously down-and-out people in several extremely poor countries, and they all have an emptiness in their eyes, a seriously dull expression on their faces, and a certain way of standing and moving that I can't imagine is the result of choosing the life of an ascetic. Add to that the look and smell of a person who may never have bathed, or wiped with toilet paper (the left hand is for that purpose). Plus the way locals sometimes treat the person in public.
So I'm pretty confident that this man was: harmless, of very low intellect, had no family that cared about him, and possessed only what he had with him. Truly homeless in the worst way.
Take note- seriously poor countries and countries with cast systems tend to have no medical or welfare systems for the lowest cast.
They survive somehow, because I've seen them on occasion.
Charlie



Aug 28, 2013 at 12:53 AM





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