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Lotus Carroll1,774,832This is the Event for our October Self Portrait Challenge: Your Greatest Fear. We figured we'd go beyond just a general "Halloween" theme, but still keep the "fright factor" alive. So show us something that absolutely terrifies you! Here is where you enter your ONE Self Portrait with a "Greatest Fear" theme. Your photo must have been captured during this month. This Event remains open until 11:59 CST October 31st, so you have until then to create and enter your best photo from this month. (The dates on the Event are truncated, but you can submit a photo anytime, all month long.) Please read all rules (scroll down). Not adhering to rules will get you disqualified. *Inspiration* Moderators of the Art of Self Portraiture Community are not eligible to win, but we'll be putting our photos into the Event in the hopes that you'll be inspired. If you have questions or need help, please pop into the Community http://goo.gl/M7XTQ and ask away! We have categories for questions and discussion and are happy to help with anything.  *Prizes* @100266938567862344330 Blue City Walker 20 http://goo.gl/LbDMIy $150 Gift Certificate for @108289626026839048870 http://www.borrowlenses.com @100424993750772730018 1 Year Awesome Account @101789561086090624750 Discontinued Strap http://www.capturingcouture.com/collections/the-sale-rack 1 Year of @118357019708110162087 Basic http://www.smugmug.com/photos/photo-sharing-features Please circle these sponsors - we love their products and services and it's great that they support our learning and growing together. Having them circled is a requirement to be a winner. :) There will be 5 winners. 1st place winner selects choice of 5 prizes. 2nd place selects choice of 4 remaining prizes. 3rd place selects choice of remaining 3 prizes. 4th place selects choice of remaining 2 prizes. 5th place receives the remaining prize. Winners must respond within 24 hours of being contacted or new winners will be chosen. At the end of the month, the Owners and Moderators of The Art of Self Portraiture Community will vote on the submissions and choose 1st, 2nd, & 3rd, 4th, & 5th place winners. Please note that this is subjective (art always is!) and so we'll be basing our votes purely on our own opinions. Everyone who enters a photo is already a winner, of course. :) *Please Remember These Rules:* *Enter Only Your Own Work *Enter Only ONE Photo *Only SELF PORTRAITS *Must adhere to this month's theme. *Photo Must Be Taken in October 2014 (EXIF data must reflect this) *Can Only Win Once Every 6 Months *Winners Must Respond Within 24 Hours of Contact *Circle Our Prize Sponsors *No Trickery or Spamming *We Reserve The Right To Remove Entries/Participants for Misconduct *Anything Outside Guidelines/Rules Disqualifies A ParticipantOctober Self Portrait Challenge: Your Greatest Fear2014-10-29 06:00:0093  
Lotus Carroll1,774,832This is the Event for our January Self Portrait Challenge: New Beginnings! What is meant by this? It's up to you to interpret. I know that many of us think about what we want the next year to be like (even if you don't make resolutions) and this seems like a great way to express what's been on our minds in that sense. You can interpret this way, or any other way that makes sense to you. We're looking forward to what your creative minds will come up with! Here is where you enter your ONE Self Portrait with a "New Beginnings" theme. Your photo must have been captured any time during this month. This Event remains open until 11:59 CST January 31st, so you have until then to create and enter your best photo from this month. You have about two weeks left to complete this task if you don't already have a qualifying photo that you took this month - you can do it! Please read all rules (scroll down). Not adhering to rules will get you disqualified. *Inspiration* Moderators of the Art of Self Portraiture Community are not eligible to win, but we'll be putting our photos into the Event in the hopes that you'll be inspired. If you have questions or need help, please pop into the Community http://goo.gl/M7XTQ and ask away! We have categories for questions and discussion and are happy to help with anything.  *Prizes* $150 Gift Certificate for @108289626026839048870 http://www.borrowlenses.com 1 Year Awesome Account at @100424993750772730018 http://goo.gl/CCrBlS  @100266938567862344330 Mirrorless Mover 10 Bag http://goo.gl/Z4h0IN Please circle these sponsors - they make these prizes possible, so having them circled is a requirement to be a winner. There will be 3 winners. 1st place winner selects choice of 3 prizes. 2nd place selects choice of 2 remaining prizes. 3rd place receives the remaining prize. Winners must respond within 24 hours of being contacted or new winners will be chosen. At the end of the month, the Owners and Moderators of The Art of Self Portraiture Community will vote on the submissions and choose 1st, 2nd, & 3rd place winners. Please note that this is subjective (art always is!) and so we'll be basing our votes purely on our own opinions. Everyone who enters a photo is already a winner, of course. :) Please Remember These Rules: *Enter Only Your Own Work *Enter Only ONE Photo *Only SELF PORTRAITS *Must adhere to this month's theme. *Photo Must Be Taken in January 2014 *Can Only Win Once Every 6 Months *Winners Must Respond Within 24 Hours of Contact *Circle Our Prize Sponsors *No Trickery or Spamming *We Reserve The Right To Remove Entries for Misconduct *Anything Outside Guidelines/Rules Disqualifies A ParticipantJanuary Self Portrait Challenge: New Beginnings2014-01-01 07:00:00137  
Lotus Carroll1,774,832This is the Event for our September 2013 Self Portrait Challenge: A Great Cell Phone Photo. Just because you use a cell phone doesn't mean your self portrait has to be of the "facebook style" mobile or reflection variety. That little guy has a camera inside it, so treat it like one! Here is where you enter your ONE Self Portrait using only a cell phone to capture and process (no computer software post processing!). Your photo must have been captured this month. This Event remains open until 11:59 CST September 30th, so you have until then to create and enter your best photo from this month. Please read all rules (scroll down). Not adhering to rules will get you disqualified. *Tutorial & Tips* Need some tips and inspiration for this challenge? Have no fear! That's why we're here. :) The amazing @110573952887886961621 made a tutorial about shooting cell phone photos to get you inspired - see it here: http://goo.gl/z3IZ23 He also posted a video of his process - see it here: http://goo.gl/vzcRHL *Remember these Do's and Don'ts to get the best photo:* *DO take the time to set up your shot thoughtfully. *DO invest time and effort and try more than once to get it right. *DO make sure your lens is clean. *DO take your photo in adequate light so it's not grainy, blurry, or dark. *DO put the cell phone down and use a timer - stop taking all your photos by holding the phone and pointing at yourself or a mirror. *DO try different angles for the best composition. *DO read the posts in our Tutorials Category and try the concepts and ideas you learn from them: http://goo.gl/uSUULE  *DO try different apps and see what works best for you. *DO be aware of your background! It makes a huge difference! Is there junk in the room behind you? If yes, it's not a good place to shoot. ETC. *DO NOT just slap a filter or cheesy effect on and call it a day - take the time to try different edits and pay attention to the elements of your photo.  *DO NOT point your phone at a mirror and take a reflection photo where we can see your phone. *DO NOT have your arms in the photo as you're holding the phone out in front of or above you. *DO NOT duckface. *DO NOT showcase your cleavage as the main subject. *Here's a list of Photo Apps you can try out:* Snapseed VSCOcam Retouch (cloning tool!) Camera+ Camera! PhotoStudio Pixlr Express Aviary InsPhoto *Prizes* 1 Year of @118357019708110162087 Basic http://www.smugmug.com/photos/photo-sharing-features @101789561086090624750 Discontinued Camera Strap - you choose from a variety available. :) http://www.capturingcouture.com Please circle these sponsors - they make these prizes possible, so having them circled is a requirement to be a winner. There will be 2 winners. 1st place winner selects choice of prizes. 2nd place receives remaining prize. Winners must respond within 24 hours of being contacted or new winners will be chosen. At the end of the month, the Owners and Moderators of The Art of Self Portraiture Community will vSeptember Self Portrait Challenge: A Great Cell Phone Photo2013-09-01 07:00:00177  
Trey Ratcliff8,863,459A special all-Europe show!  We switched around the time of the show for this special event!  Joining today are @102518365620075109973, @110258598415939907971, @112661262066626464523, @105390077271236874234,  +Serge Ramelli.  Thank you to +Dave Veffer  for setting everything up!   You can watch live here, or you can ask questions live over at http://www.StuckInCustoms.com -- see you soon!Trey's Variety Hour #59- All European Show - Special Euro Time! (8 PM London Time, not that the UK uses the Euro or anything...)2012-11-25 21:00:00252  

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2017-02-25 18:06:34 (16 comments; 1 reshares; 165 +1s; )Open 

Mermaid.

My wife today.

Die meisten Reshares: 14

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2017-01-05 17:39:59 (14 comments; 14 reshares; 206 +1s; )Open 

Ever get the feeling your being watched?

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Sometimes being brave is the only option.

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2017-04-26 05:24:50 (2 comments; 1 reshares; 53 +1s; )Open 

Ghost.

I have often wondered if I should rework this image, the original was in de-saturated colour and I wanted to see a black and white version. So here it is, this is what I do when insomnia strikes.

Ghost.

I have often wondered if I should rework this image, the original was in de-saturated colour and I wanted to see a black and white version. So here it is, this is what I do when insomnia strikes.___

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2017-04-25 19:06:21 (5 comments; 4 reshares; 130 +1s; )Open 

Under The Storm.

Derwent Water Lake District UK

Under The Storm.

Derwent Water Lake District UK___

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2017-04-22 02:53:42 (7 comments; 2 reshares; 137 +1s; )Open 

Love Is Everything.

Its strange how this little gesture is frowned upon in so many places in our "progressive" society. She held her hand all the way up the street as they walked in front of us, an openly gay couple who were openly in love with each other. They stopped to look in windows of shops as they walked, every now and then she would lean in and kiss her or she would lay her head on her shoulder as they went. I smiled, happy that I am able to see this and be a bystander to a couple that mean so much to each other.

Yet in many places in this world this is illegal, its frowned upon in others and they would be openly vilified for this simple act.

Only when we can learn to accept everyone based on their own characters rather than judge what society deems to be "normal" will we ever progress. We have the ability to love but we choose to hate, not... mehr »

Love Is Everything.

Its strange how this little gesture is frowned upon in so many places in our "progressive" society. She held her hand all the way up the street as they walked in front of us, an openly gay couple who were openly in love with each other. They stopped to look in windows of shops as they walked, every now and then she would lean in and kiss her or she would lay her head on her shoulder as they went. I smiled, happy that I am able to see this and be a bystander to a couple that mean so much to each other.

Yet in many places in this world this is illegal, its frowned upon in others and they would be openly vilified for this simple act.

Only when we can learn to accept everyone based on their own characters rather than judge what society deems to be "normal" will we ever progress. We have the ability to love but we choose to hate, not because we understand why but because we are taught to. Love is easy, love is natural and an emotion that can bring joy, hate is destructive and we are not born with the prejudices we develop, we are given those passed down from generation to generation. Its time we broke the chain.

Ask your children what to they see here in this image, don't lead just ask, they will tell you they see two people holding hands, they must be in love. Its that simple, maybe the time has come we see that too and only that.___

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2017-04-20 08:50:51 (0 comments; 6 reshares; 57 +1s; )Open 

So here is the current situation.

We have managed to raise just under £1200 in a short while, that's stunning and I can't thank you all enough.

Once we reach £1500 that's enough to get the manuscript proof read, the book designed and ready for print, this will be done in stages with my approval on each step. This includes all copyright and legal aspects of releasing the book.

Once we reach £2500 that will be enough to do all the above and to run a print of around 150 to 200 books ready for sale. I can sell through the same company that set it all up, some books I can sell Direct should people wish them to be signed etc.

If we manage to reach the end target of £5000 then that will be enough to do a huge print run.

I know it may come across as a bit mad to raise money so we can raise money but the end result will be that we raise far moretha... mehr »

So here is the current situation.

We have managed to raise just under £1200 in a short while, that's stunning and I can't thank you all enough.

Once we reach £1500 that's enough to get the manuscript proof read, the book designed and ready for print, this will be done in stages with my approval on each step. This includes all copyright and legal aspects of releasing the book.

Once we reach £2500 that will be enough to do all the above and to run a print of around 150 to 200 books ready for sale. I can sell through the same company that set it all up, some books I can sell Direct should people wish them to be signed etc.

If we manage to reach the end target of £5000 then that will be enough to do a huge print run.

I know it may come across as a bit mad to raise money so we can raise money but the end result will be that we raise far more than the original £5000 for the small homeless charities and raise awareness at the same time. Also it will always be an ongoing project with the ability to keep printing book dependant on demand.

Once again thank you if you have donated, you are all the real stars in my eyes here.

If you can donate then please do by following the link. If you don't like the idea of using this page you can donate direct to me via PayPal and I'll add the donation in your name. Please PM me for details.

Once again thank you 😊___

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2017-04-20 07:44:33 (6 comments; 7 reshares; 179 +1s; )Open 

Mist Under The Red Canopy.

Sometimes when I cant sleep I play with old images and let myself go in post editing, I can end up with a fantasy image that bears no resemblance to the original but that's how I learn.

Reworking of an older image.

Mist Under The Red Canopy.

Sometimes when I cant sleep I play with old images and let myself go in post editing, I can end up with a fantasy image that bears no resemblance to the original but that's how I learn.

Reworking of an older image.___

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2017-04-18 20:46:09 (7 comments; 2 reshares; 127 +1s; )Open 

Battle Scars

Each battle we take in life will leave a scar but we fight on regardless.

Battle Scars

Each battle we take in life will leave a scar but we fight on regardless.___

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2017-04-13 05:18:14 (13 comments; 2 reshares; 152 +1s; )Open 

Homeless Not Hopeless
Sapper Burns
Local Lad

Homeless Not Hopeless
Sapper Burns
Local Lad___

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2017-04-10 16:03:05 (6 comments; 1 reshares; 145 +1s; )Open 

They say the eyes are the windows to the soul, Amanda's eyes are open to the world to let you in if you so chose to look at her and just ask if she is OK?

Homeless Not Hopeless.

Reworking of an older image.

They say the eyes are the windows to the soul, Amanda's eyes are open to the world to let you in if you so chose to look at her and just ask if she is OK?

Homeless Not Hopeless.

Reworking of an older image.___

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2017-04-10 07:54:54 (8 comments; 3 reshares; 157 +1s; )Open 

The Unknown Soldier.
Sapper Burns, Royal Engineer, service number 25068301.
Homeless Not Hopeless

The Unknown Soldier.
Sapper Burns, Royal Engineer, service number 25068301.
Homeless Not Hopeless___

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2017-04-09 08:09:43 (14 comments; 10 reshares; 185 +1s; )Open 

Amy And The Pinky Promise.

She is only 23 and living on the streets for the last year, kicked out by her alcoholic mother after refusing to buy her any more booze. He mother walks past her on the streets as she begs, ignoring her as much as everyone else does. She was fashioning a McDonald's ice cream cup into a cup with a paperclip chain to hold her money as I spoke to her.

She does not like hostels as they bully her and make advances toward her, she gave me a pinky promise the money I gave her would be used for a B&B.

Walking away from Amy hurt, hurt a lot.

Homeless Not Hopeless

Amy And The Pinky Promise.

She is only 23 and living on the streets for the last year, kicked out by her alcoholic mother after refusing to buy her any more booze. He mother walks past her on the streets as she begs, ignoring her as much as everyone else does. She was fashioning a McDonald's ice cream cup into a cup with a paperclip chain to hold her money as I spoke to her.

She does not like hostels as they bully her and make advances toward her, she gave me a pinky promise the money I gave her would be used for a B&B.

Walking away from Amy hurt, hurt a lot.

Homeless Not Hopeless___

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2017-04-07 17:23:18 (6 comments; 1 reshares; 150 +1s; )Open 

The First Step On The Journey.

This is the first picture I took of Peter, many moons ago, it was also the first picture that I had ever taken of a street person, this is what set me off on the journey I'm still on.

Homeless Not Hopeless

The First Step On The Journey.

This is the first picture I took of Peter, many moons ago, it was also the first picture that I had ever taken of a street person, this is what set me off on the journey I'm still on.

Homeless Not Hopeless___

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2017-04-06 09:22:02 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 105 +1s; )Open 

Spare A Time.

Sometimes your time is more valuable, make them feel human by talking to them rather that wish they were not there.

Spare A Time.

Sometimes your time is more valuable, make them feel human by talking to them rather that wish they were not there.___

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2017-04-05 18:58:08 (5 comments; 7 reshares; 199 +1s; )Open 

Homeless Not Hopeless

Laid Bare.

Sometimes a persons narrative is already written upon their face.

Homeless Not Hopeless

Laid Bare.

Sometimes a persons narrative is already written upon their face.___

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2017-04-05 07:24:44 (12 comments; 6 reshares; 193 +1s; )Open 

The Lost Messiah

How do you know?

How do you know your second coming of the son of god has not already happened?
How do you know he has not been walking among you for decades?
How do you know he has seen humankind for what it is?
How do you know he has decided we are no longer worth saving?
Worth dying for?

Some will recognise this as an older image that haunts me, to find out you will come across the previous edited image in the gallery.

Homeless Not Hopeless

The Lost Messiah

How do you know?

How do you know your second coming of the son of god has not already happened?
How do you know he has not been walking among you for decades?
How do you know he has seen humankind for what it is?
How do you know he has decided we are no longer worth saving?
Worth dying for?

Some will recognise this as an older image that haunts me, to find out you will come across the previous edited image in the gallery.

Homeless Not Hopeless___

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2017-04-04 14:07:49 (1 comments; 1 reshares; 112 +1s; )Open 

From Dust To Dust.

RatThing on location at a ferrous sulphate packing plant, that's actually powdered rust.

From Dust To Dust.

RatThing on location at a ferrous sulphate packing plant, that's actually powdered rust.___

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2017-04-03 06:57:10 (7 comments; 6 reshares; 153 +1s; )Open 

Homeless Not Hopeless

Resignation.

I have gotten to know Peter well over the years, he comes across as a lovable rouge and he is but sometimes the mask slips just enough to see him.

Homeless Not Hopeless

Resignation.

I have gotten to know Peter well over the years, he comes across as a lovable rouge and he is but sometimes the mask slips just enough to see him.___

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2017-04-02 19:20:39 (2 comments; 1 reshares; 124 +1s; )Open 

The Angry Man.

Reworking of an older image.

The Angry Man.

Reworking of an older image.___

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2017-04-02 03:55:35 (4 comments; 2 reshares; 119 +1s; )Open 

Big Issue Seller
Street portrait Manchester.

Big Issue Seller
Street portrait Manchester.___

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2017-03-31 19:02:48 (4 comments; 2 reshares; 116 +1s; )Open 

Photography Editing Training?

I'm considering doing training days to take people through the editing process I use on portraits more so on street portraits and animal portraits. Of late I have been asked if I have any videos etc of what I do, I'm considering running workshops of up to 10 people a day and teaching the basics of the process through to more advanced techniques.

It will be local to where I live in Cheshire UK but should the demand be there I may take it to other parts of the country.

Out of curiosity would this be of interest to any budding photographers?

Photography Editing Training?

I'm considering doing training days to take people through the editing process I use on portraits more so on street portraits and animal portraits. Of late I have been asked if I have any videos etc of what I do, I'm considering running workshops of up to 10 people a day and teaching the basics of the process through to more advanced techniques.

It will be local to where I live in Cheshire UK but should the demand be there I may take it to other parts of the country.

Out of curiosity would this be of interest to any budding photographers?___

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2017-03-31 16:27:31 (10 comments; 1 reshares; 116 +1s; )Open 

Homeless Not Hopeless

Glen the handsome man, yes even as a man I can say that, hes a very good looking man but I come to wonder how he is living on the streets. Him and his friend have been living in the same doorway of an empty shop for the last 6 months. You can see he is genuine as he is surrounded by all his belonging, several sleeping bags and old blankets to keep warm.

Why?

Homeless Not Hopeless

Glen the handsome man, yes even as a man I can say that, hes a very good looking man but I come to wonder how he is living on the streets. Him and his friend have been living in the same doorway of an empty shop for the last 6 months. You can see he is genuine as he is surrounded by all his belonging, several sleeping bags and old blankets to keep warm.

Why?___

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2017-03-30 08:51:41 (8 comments; 0 reshares; 178 +1s; )Open 

Boy.

A very old image of my son Ellis that I'm not sure if I ever used. Just to remind you all summer is almost here :)

Boy.

A very old image of my son Ellis that I'm not sure if I ever used. Just to remind you all summer is almost here :)___

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2017-03-29 04:47:56 (5 comments; 3 reshares; 116 +1s; )Open 

Homeless Not Hopeless

https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/HomelessSight

Homeless Not Hopeless

https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/HomelessSight___

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2017-03-26 20:25:45 (8 comments; 6 reshares; 137 +1s; )Open 

Just another homless man.
Just another street person.
Just another is another too many.

Homeless Not Hopeless.

https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/HomelessSight

Just another homless man.
Just another street person.
Just another is another too many.

Homeless Not Hopeless.

https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/HomelessSight___

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2017-03-26 09:34:07 (7 comments; 1 reshares; 143 +1s; )Open 

Exhale Life
Peter, homeless, Warrington UK.

Exhale Life
Peter, homeless, Warrington UK.___

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2017-03-21 09:50:03 (2 comments; 9 reshares; 39 +1s; )Open 

Looking For Your Help.

After many years of inner wrangling I have decided the time has come to publish a book to raise awareness and funds for the homeless. I'm looking to publish this through a firm but have no ideas as to the cost but any and all money raised will go toward small charities worldwide trying to tackle this issue.

I know times are hard for a lot of people but as thebsaying goes there for the grace of god. Any small amount will help, even if you cannot afford anything then please share this post.

Let's make this happen.

Thank you
Mike F Shaw

Looking For Your Help.

After many years of inner wrangling I have decided the time has come to publish a book to raise awareness and funds for the homeless. I'm looking to publish this through a firm but have no ideas as to the cost but any and all money raised will go toward small charities worldwide trying to tackle this issue.

I know times are hard for a lot of people but as thebsaying goes there for the grace of god. Any small amount will help, even if you cannot afford anything then please share this post.

Let's make this happen.

Thank you
Mike F Shaw___

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2017-03-18 12:41:22 (7 comments; 2 reshares; 161 +1s; )Open 

Little Yellow Car

Little Yellow Car___

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2017-03-14 14:38:52 (13 comments; 2 reshares; 146 +1s; )Open 

"You don't take a photograph, you make it"

Andsel Adams

It took me a very long time to come to terms with this, I always felt as if I was cheating by using editing software to the degree I do. The purists always went on about how you should get the image right and be able to show it straight from the camera. I know I can do that, I have done in the past and I have seen others work this way but it misses something. It has no real soul, I have found that happens when you spend time with the image, learning it and working with it. Andsel was right, we create not take.

"You don't take a photograph, you make it"

Andsel Adams

It took me a very long time to come to terms with this, I always felt as if I was cheating by using editing software to the degree I do. The purists always went on about how you should get the image right and be able to show it straight from the camera. I know I can do that, I have done in the past and I have seen others work this way but it misses something. It has no real soul, I have found that happens when you spend time with the image, learning it and working with it. Andsel was right, we create not take.___

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2017-03-10 18:07:00 (10 comments; 8 reshares; 171 +1s; )Open 

No More The Ferryman

No More The Ferryman___

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2017-03-09 08:51:51 (4 comments; 3 reshares; 113 +1s; )Open 

Nothing To See Here!

Just Dath Vadar playing the Imperial March on an organ.

Nothing To See Here!

Just Dath Vadar playing the Imperial March on an organ.___

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2017-03-05 15:50:43 (2 comments; 1 reshares; 133 +1s; )Open 

The City Lunch Break

The City Lunch Break___

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2017-03-03 19:58:30 (3 comments; 5 reshares; 177 +1s; )Open 

Gothic Spring

Gothic Spring___

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2017-03-02 19:55:45 (7 comments; 4 reshares; 145 +1s; )Open 

Come With Me Through The Looking Glass.

Where we I go I do not know but it will be exciting.

Come With Me Through The Looking Glass.

Where we I go I do not know but it will be exciting.___

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2017-03-01 18:39:32 (8 comments; 4 reshares; 106 +1s; )Open 

When Did It Go So Wrong?

Those that know me should also know Alan, a street person from Manchester I have sat and spoken with many times. Today on a trip into the city for the first time in a good few years I went on the look out for him. I wanted to find him but then again I didn't, by finding him then I knew after all this time his situation has not changed, by not finding him there was a chance he would be in a better place now. I found him, not too far from his usual space, still trying to busk for money. When we spoke again it seems life has just been shit, no other way of putting it, he tells me he is still in his small bedsit but his landlord is a bit of an arse. Truth be told with everything he is lugging around I tend to think he is homeless but his pride wont let him say it. When I walked around I can see the differences between Alan and the other people begging on the streets,... mehr »

When Did It Go So Wrong?

Those that know me should also know Alan, a street person from Manchester I have sat and spoken with many times. Today on a trip into the city for the first time in a good few years I went on the look out for him. I wanted to find him but then again I didn't, by finding him then I knew after all this time his situation has not changed, by not finding him there was a chance he would be in a better place now. I found him, not too far from his usual space, still trying to busk for money. When we spoke again it seems life has just been shit, no other way of putting it, he tells me he is still in his small bedsit but his landlord is a bit of an arse. Truth be told with everything he is lugging around I tend to think he is homeless but his pride wont let him say it. When I walked around I can see the differences between Alan and the other people begging on the streets, he's dirty with encrusted food on his clothes, hes wearing a pair of women's winter boots as they are all he has to keep his feet warm, his bags contain every magazine and book he's read. He has nothing, his shoes are not as clean and pristine as the others, his hands stained with many years of roll ups made from cast offs by passerby's he scavenges from the floor and bins.

Alan is 73 fucking years old and living on the streets, after spending some time with him and making sure he was OK we went for a drink in a nearby pub. A collection of gentlemen around the same age as Alan obviously out for a meal and something to drink, all well turned out and comfortable, yet a few yards away sits Alan. Not their fault I know but its someones fucking fault, maybe all of ours for allowing this to even be considered as normal.___

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2017-02-27 16:29:49 (2 comments; 2 reshares; 124 +1s; )Open 

And On These Days.

I shall rest alone, shrouded in all but my mind, to travel nowhere and everywhere is the journey I'll make while still.

And On These Days.

I shall rest alone, shrouded in all but my mind, to travel nowhere and everywhere is the journey I'll make while still.___

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2017-02-26 20:31:29 (10 comments; 8 reshares; 171 +1s; )Open 

Any Way The Wind Blows

Any Way The Wind Blows___

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2017-02-26 13:26:06 (8 comments; 4 reshares; 153 +1s; )Open 

Brook

Street portrait and yes, her eyes are purple as well.

Brook

Street portrait and yes, her eyes are purple as well.___

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2017-02-26 09:20:11 (8 comments; 3 reshares; 139 +1s; )Open 

Storm Walkers

Storm Walkers___

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2017-02-25 18:06:34 (16 comments; 1 reshares; 165 +1s; )Open 

Mermaid.

My wife today.

Mermaid.

My wife today.___

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2017-01-29 20:03:00 (11 comments; 3 reshares; 200 +1s; )Open 

Being Different.

Because why not?

Being Different.

Because why not?___

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2017-01-20 17:46:21 (5 comments; 8 reshares; 194 +1s; )Open 

The Ghosts Of My Past.

The Ghosts Of My Past.___

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2017-01-19 17:07:05 (6 comments; 0 reshares; 90 +1s; )Open 

The Beggar Woman.

I don't know if its my age or the amount of time I have been spending with street people but I'm becoming very cynical. I get a gut feeling when I know someone is a street person and when someone isn't but is on the street begging anyway as a means to an income. Its becoming more and more prolific and my radar is going off more and more as I keep coming across professional beggars a lot more than I should.

The Beggar Woman.

I don't know if its my age or the amount of time I have been spending with street people but I'm becoming very cynical. I get a gut feeling when I know someone is a street person and when someone isn't but is on the street begging anyway as a means to an income. Its becoming more and more prolific and my radar is going off more and more as I keep coming across professional beggars a lot more than I should.___

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2017-01-18 18:44:54 (4 comments; 4 reshares; 129 +1s; )Open 

Where Do You Go To?

Being a people watcher I'm often in as much thought about those I watch when I see them deep in thought. I wonder where they are in their mind or what they think about but I guess I'll never know.

Where Do You Go To?

Being a people watcher I'm often in as much thought about those I watch when I see them deep in thought. I wonder where they are in their mind or what they think about but I guess I'll never know.___

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2017-01-15 16:03:31 (1 comments; 3 reshares; 83 +1s; )Open 

The Night Walker.

You see him if he decides to let you.

The Night Walker.

You see him if he decides to let you.___

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2017-01-08 17:54:09 (5 comments; 8 reshares; 212 +1s; )Open 

Sometimes being brave is the only option.

Sometimes being brave is the only option.___

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2017-01-05 17:39:59 (14 comments; 14 reshares; 206 +1s; )Open 

Ever get the feeling your being watched?

Ever get the feeling your being watched?___

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2016-12-29 19:42:34 (6 comments; 3 reshares; 176 +1s; )Open 

He Carried The Stars.

And kept the universe safe.

He Carried The Stars.

And kept the universe safe.___

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2016-12-28 05:33:13 (8 comments; 5 reshares; 156 +1s; )Open 

These Dreams.

And in these dreams she shall drift away, to lands within her mind. She shall find sanctuary in the breeze upon the water and respite for her soul. She is the whisper she hears of stories long ago, back to soothe her heart. As ripples pass along the mirrors lights she breathes in the mothers peace.

These Dreams.

And in these dreams she shall drift away, to lands within her mind. She shall find sanctuary in the breeze upon the water and respite for her soul. She is the whisper she hears of stories long ago, back to soothe her heart. As ripples pass along the mirrors lights she breathes in the mothers peace.___

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2016-12-27 14:38:28 (11 comments; 11 reshares; 185 +1s; )Open 

Be Ferocious.
Be brave.
Be courageous.
Be inspired.
Be inspiration.
Be free.
Be alive.

Live like you have never lived before.

Be Ferocious.
Be brave.
Be courageous.
Be inspired.
Be inspiration.
Be free.
Be alive.

Live like you have never lived before.___

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2016-12-21 12:44:52 (4 comments; 8 reshares; 139 +1s; )Open 

Climbing The Stairway To Heaven.

Heaven and hell is what you make of your life, not some place in the clouds or the depths of the earth. You chose the path, be it up or down you make that decisions every day. time to start to make it count.

Climbing The Stairway To Heaven.

Heaven and hell is what you make of your life, not some place in the clouds or the depths of the earth. You chose the path, be it up or down you make that decisions every day. time to start to make it count.___

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2016-12-19 17:13:36 (3 comments; 2 reshares; 77 +1s; )Open 

The Singer.

Part of a busking group called Phat Bollard we managed to catch in Chester a few months back.

The Singer.

Part of a busking group called Phat Bollard we managed to catch in Chester a few months back.___

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