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© Alexander Bussey
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UploadedNovember 28, 2008

Lifestyle, People, Urban

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Q: I am curious about more information on the RULES

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His sign pretty much sums it up. I met Ernest on a street corner in downtown Minneapolis. As a man who has been through a lot of hardships in his life, Ernest has resorted to begging rather than dealing or stealing.

41 responses

  • Paul Alexander Knox

    Paul Alexander Knox (Deleted) gave props (2 Dec 2008):

    Great image, great story.

  • Joe Schaf

    Joe Schaf   gave props (3 Dec 2008):

    Wonderful Portrait!

  • ari weiss

    ari weiss said (27 Jan 2009):

    awesome shot

  • Nick Edgerle

    Nick Edgerle gave props (8 Feb 2009):

    fantastic composition

  • Caroline Schnabl

    Caroline Schnabl gave props (10 Feb 2009):

    great picture

  • Alvin Ting

    Alvin Ting gave props (11 Feb 2009):

    this photo means something...

  • Muhammad Jibreel

    Muhammad Jibreel gave props (23 Feb 2009):

    Nice sincere feel to this one!

  • giuliano brandoli

    giuliano brandoli gave props (20 May 2009):

    significativa e ben composta! Bravo!

  • Caitlin Heath

    Caitlin Heath said (26 Jul 2009):

    why is the only error with the letter "d" located in the word "drugs" I think this composition is wonderful, he seems as though he is a wonderful subject, and i know that the sign is just another part of the image, but i can't help but wonder if the backwards "d" in Drugs was deliberate?

  • Jim Nasium

    Jim Nasium said (28 Jul 2009):

    This is a touching, moving shot. "I'ma" vs. "I'm", "sell drugs" vs. "sale brugs". The spelling/grammer used only adds to the man and the message, IMHO. Words like "steal", "homeless" and "beg" arent' ''child friendly" either, however he utilized.

  • Dawn Duffield

    Dawn Duffield (Deleted) gave props (7 Aug 2009):

    Love it regardless of how words are spelled. The purpose of photography is to make us think, therefore, it is a successful capture on your part ;-)

  • Stefan Klenke

    Stefan Klenke said (9 Aug 2009):

    Great portrait! I also like the colours! It is a very honest straight forward shot. I like it's simplicity.

  • Ann Reece

    Ann Reece gave props (10 Aug 2009):

    Awesome photo for the theme. I too saw the backwards "d" but I figured he might be dyslexic as they sometimes write letters backwards. You did very well with this photo.

  • Dana Tufte

    Dana Tufte (Deleted) said (10 Aug 2009):

    Really going to make his spelling and issue? I think you are missing or ignoring the bigger issue, and that is Homelessness of our Vets. It's a powerful photograph and a beautiful man who deserves his message to be heard. WELL DONE! And thank you for bringing his message to us.


    PINAKI SARKAR gave props (11 Aug 2009):

    great and challenging shot

  • Erica Bradley

    Erica Bradley gave props (13 Aug 2009):

    I love the colors!

  • Antje Sommer

    Antje Sommer gave props (22 Aug 2009):

    this is a very powerful portrait. Sad story though.

  • Misato Kawakami

    Misato Kawakami (Deleted) said (9 Sep 2009):

    This is a great picture. The story behind it is saddening, but it's so intriguing as well.

  • Leanne Silva

    Leanne Silva gave props (17 Dec 2009):

    He looks like such a nice man!

  • Stephanie Correa

    Stephanie Correa (Deleted) gave props (17 Dec 2009):

    smart. love it.

  • Steven Grambau

    Steven Grambau said (15 Jan 2010):

    Awesome capture and statement made in the sign.

  • Femke Dam

    Femke Dam gave props (16 Jan 2010):

    strong image, really nice

  • Ariel Secondo

    Ariel Secondo gave props (21 Jan 2010):

    this is so heartbreaking. great shot.

  • Isby Coles

    Isby Coles gave props (28 Jan 2010):


  • Yves Evidencemeso

    Yves Evidencemeso (Deleted) said (23 Feb 2010):

    This is a remarkable meaningfull portrait

  • Mary Ellen Bleeden

    Mary Ellen Bleeden gave props (25 Feb 2010):

    Very moving photo!

  • Sarah Stoots

    Sarah Stoots said (26 Feb 2010):

    I love that you have posted this. My husband is a disabled vet, and it is very hard for them to get help from our government. Once Uncle Sam doesn't need them anymore, most of them are forgotten. This is a beautiful sincere shot. I love it!

  • Osama  Harraz

    Osama Harraz gave props (27 Feb 2010):


  • Chocolat

    Chocolat gave props (28 Feb 2010):

    this by far is my fav...I have been through them all and this one speaks to me. great capture and well done x

  • Melissa Rieman

    Melissa Rieman gave props (28 Feb 2010):

    Very emotional and evocative shot! This would work well in the Economics theme, too!

  • Ikhlef A.

    Ikhlef A. said (28 Feb 2010):

    Terrific moment. Great witness.

  • sorei mahong

    sorei mahong said (1 Mar 2010):

    great photo

  • sorei mahong

    sorei mahong gave props (1 Mar 2010):

    A picture is worth a thousand words

  • Roger Sinclair

    Roger Sinclair said (1 Mar 2010):

    I Like this Shot!! But I Like all of Your Photograph ......You Certainly have an Artistic outlook on the Outside World around you..Great Stuff, You are Definitely an Inspiration :-)

  • Meg Goodlad

    Meg Goodlad gave props (1 Mar 2010):

    im sure it was nice to meet him :) good shot

  • Robert Clayton

    Robert Clayton said (1 Mar 2010):

    Very nice.

  • alexandra uzarraga

    alexandra uzarraga gave props (3 Mar 2010):


  • misha otaared

    misha otaared gave props (3 Mar 2010):

    extremely poignant -- he has a wonderful face

  • El Papiratzi

    El Papiratzi said (8 Mar 2010):

    Photojournalism at its very best.

  • Madison Hughey

    Madison Hughey gave props (11 Apr 2010):

    love how you have a story to go with a touching picture

  • Yogesh Suryawanshi

    Yogesh Suryawanshi gave props (18 May 2010):

    Very good...expressing the misery of human life in a single pic.

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