Meet "Snowman"....

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© Ahmed Roberson
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UploadedSeptember 27, 2008
TakenSeptember 27, 2008
MakeNikon Corporation
ModelNIKON D80
Exposure1/200 sec at f/8
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Focal Length85 mm
ISO320
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On my many bike rides through Long Beach, I met this man standing and waiting by the local corner store.

I introduced myself, offered to pay him a couple of dollars for his story, and he shared.

"They call me Snowman. I am Native American. I am homeless. I sleep in the shelter (if I'm lucky), or at the park during the night, and I stand here hoping for beer money during the day."

Then he directed me toward the Eagle on his shirt, and said "It's my American Dream"....ha, ha, ha.

It's a sad but true story all around us that makes me appreciate my life, no matter how hard at times.

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  • Audim Culver

    Audim Culver gave props (2 Oct 2008):

    Great character. Sincere portrait.

  • Ikhlef A.

    Ikhlef A. said (4 Oct 2008):

    Lovely story. Simple and touching. Snowmen unfortunately are everywhere. This one has the chance to talk and be photographed. One of those things that make their dream come true.
    The eagle is innocent. It doesn't have a hand in what happens.
    Thanks for sharing.

  • Joe Schaf

    Joe Schaf   gave props (5 Oct 2008):

    Wonderful portrait and story.

  • Seth Winner

    Seth Winner said (18 Oct 2008):

    Just A Man on the Street making his way without asking for much if anything at all. What good are commitments, what's so important, is it Life & Death? No, not to Snowman, looking for a simple Unencumbered Life as he wants and views how it should be.
    Ahmed, You Are Catching Real Life, Nothing Superficial, Your Photogarpy and comments shows your Content. As you I to cannot Post a Photograph without expressing some Personal Thoughts, Comments & Feelings in hopes that whom ever takes the time to look at the Photo will invest a moment to read.
    A Quote For You Ahmed: "If you wish to glimpse inside a human soul and get to know a man, don't bother analyzing his ways of being silent, of talking, of weeping, or seeing how much he is moved by noble ideas; you'll get better results if you just watch him laugh. If he laughs well, he's a good man." ~ Fyodor Dostoevsky.

  • Chicago Love

    Chicago Love (Deleted) gave props (21 Oct 2008):

    fantastic portrait! I love them all

  • Michael Garrity

    Michael Garrity said (25 Nov 2008):

    Another great candid shot---you have a great place to go find interesting people---a million stories in the naked city!
    I love your street candid shots!

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