A stranger 54 years old in his house

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© benoit paille
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A stranger
I met on the street three months ago and invited me to go into his apartment.
I returned it showed the first pictures I took of him.
I brought my flash because I knew that I was still shooting with him.
But I did not know it was proposed to me posing nude for me

His story:
I do not know the whole story of this man, but I can tell you what I know. He is 53 and lives in a small apartment on my street. In 2006 his mother died, with which he had lived with in this apartment. After her death he was alone. I think he lived his whole life with his mother, so her death for him was a tragic event. Since he lives alone and does not work, it uses the money he inherited to live.
he is currently looking for a smaller apartment, because he is now only one.

77 responses

  • Thomas Brandenburg

    Thomas Brandenburg gave props (16 May 2009):

    as a viewer I feel I arrived on the scene and something important has happened to this man, he is sitting nude and staring out the window, it mysterious and the photo invites you to come to your own conclusions about the scene, good work

  • Elyseo

    Elyseo said (16 May 2009):

    buona nella sua crudezza!! scatto verità!!

  • Joy B

    Joy B gave props (16 May 2009):

    This is fabulous! When you see the photo it definitely makes you want to know more of the story!

  • francesco scipioni

    francesco scipioni gave props (16 May 2009):

    wonderful colors and fantastic mood! my vote

  • Frederic Charpentier

    Frederic Charpentier gave props (16 May 2009):

    Wow. Well done. Impressif portrait !!!

  • Maura Wolfson-Foster

    Maura Wolfson-Foster gave props (16 May 2009):

    Intense and fascinating. His vulnerability is so touching. Great capture

  • Jonathan Spencer

    Jonathan Spencer gave props (16 May 2009):

    Well, Awkward at first? my vote!

  • Thomas Brandenburg

    Thomas Brandenburg gave props (16 May 2009):

    I had to run earlier, but I retured to vote, what a personal caption to go with the photograph, thanks for sharing

  • lisa chegwidden

    lisa chegwidden (Deleted) said (17 May 2009):

    Wow...this is strong. The circumstances in our lives determine what we become.

  • sasha ormond

    sasha ormond said (18 May 2009):

    your photos are incredible

  • spin360

    spin360 gave props (25 May 2009):

    great story in one photo

  • Gandarufu

    Gandarufu said (29 May 2009):

    very sad story.
    i really like the picture, it conveys a strong message.

  • Karen Zimmerman

    Karen Zimmerman gave props (31 May 2009):

    Wow, incredibly moving and private; vulnerable and reaching out somehow...nicely done. Voted!

  • Felipe Sanchez

    Felipe Sanchez said (1 Jun 2009):

    Such a small chair for a grown man.
    This picture has detail.

  • Daniel Saldana

    Daniel Saldana gave props (4 Jun 2009):

    Intense!

  • Gail Anderson

    Gail Anderson gave props (16 Jun 2009):

    powerful and moving image. he seems so vulnerable. heartbreaking.

  • Devin Hayes

    Devin Hayes gave props (16 Jun 2009):

    very, VERY well done. fantastic.

  • Jan Hoffman

    Jan Hoffman   gave props (16 Jun 2009):

    Superb -- YES

  • Cjor

    Cjor said (17 Jun 2009):

    I can't take my eyes off this man. What a terrific shot. Very dignified

  • J Gustak

    J Gustak (Deleted) gave props (19 Jun 2009):

    I love the square frame. Excellent subject and composition.

  • Claudia R

    Claudia R said (20 Jun 2009):

    so simple yet so intense... love it

  • Armando Alvarez

    Armando Alvarez said (21 Jun 2009):

    a unique and strange portrait

  • Cristina Cocullo

    Cristina Cocullo gave props (22 Jun 2009):

    fabulous! the shot and the story...my vote!

  • molly .

    molly . gave props (22 Jun 2009):

    really powerful photograph. a++

  • Daniel Angeles

    Daniel Angeles gave props (22 Jun 2009):

    Amazing, Another vote from me.

  • peggy gardner

    peggy gardner gave props (1 Jul 2009):

    this is truly unique, although I don't know how fitting for the theme, the image itself stands on it's own...wow...I am truly moved by your strength and fearlessness to go and take these...and what a great reward...yes.

  • Patricio Fontes

    Patricio Fontes (Deleted) said (2 Jul 2009):

    this is really an amazing photograph.

  • Mike Davidson

    Mike Davidson said (5 Jul 2009):

    simply stunning, really emotive and powerful image

  • J. Steve White

    J. Steve White gave props (5 Jul 2009):

    Absolutely amazing.

  • Taime Trahan

    Taime Trahan gave props (9 Jul 2009):

    fascinating. :] it makes me feel his emotion.

  • Carlitos Hunt

    Carlitos Hunt (Deleted) gave props (10 Jul 2009):

    Intimate and appropriately reverent--well done.

  • Liliana Silva

    Liliana Silva gave props (10 Jul 2009):

    Amazing story

  • sayoga wicaksana

    sayoga wicaksana gave props (17 Jul 2009):

    well excecuted

  • conchita. del. mundo.

    conchita. del. mundo. gave props (17 Jul 2009):

    the lives people must live.... i look at this and i see a person who's stripped of everything, clothing and otherwise. but still he must go on, even if his life is over. i think it's interesting how he opened right up to you and you got it exactly right. straight to the truth of the matter.

  • D.A. Wagner

    D.A. Wagner gave props (22 Jul 2009):

    You have a compassionate streak and a gift to step into stranger's lives and capture the individual in their environment. Brilliant work...All of it, not just this image.

  • Tania Losada

    Tania Losada gave props (25 Jul 2009):

    Strong and dramatic photo, really good! I vote!

  • Irwin Rubin

    Irwin Rubin gave props (25 Jul 2009):

    This is an extremely haunting photo. It should definitely be published.

  • Miachelle DePiano

    Miachelle DePiano (Deleted) gave props (26 Jul 2009):

    The sparseness and the despair shout at you in this image. Fantastic!

  • Zeno Battistoni

    Zeno Battistoni gave props (28 Jul 2009):

    voted!

  • ((pigotta08))

    ((pigotta08)) said (29 Jul 2009):

    fantastic!!!!!!

  • Mark Schneiders

    Mark Schneiders   said (4 Aug 2009):

    forget the words the image says it all nice work voted

  • Magdalena Ladron de Guevara

    Magdalena Ladron de Guevara gave props (7 Aug 2009):

    voted,a really good picture!

  • Moni El Batrik

    Moni El Batrik said (7 Aug 2009):

    Beautiful lighting and perfectly human.

  • Christopher Long

    Christopher Long gave props (18 Aug 2009):

    Fantastic shot!

  • Mahdi Rahman

    Mahdi Rahman gave props (23 Aug 2009):

    wow.you are crazy.it's makes me ...

  • Michael Risenhoover

    Michael Risenhoover (Deleted) gave props (26 Aug 2009):

    Your choice of f stop really makes this a brilliant photo for me, awesome shot!

  • Amber Gregory

    Amber Gregory gave props (31 Aug 2009):

    wow, this is truly a remarkable image.

  • Latrenia Bryant

    Latrenia Bryant gave props (31 Aug 2009):

    LOL! This is Perfect!

  • Teresa Nabais

    Teresa Nabais said (6 Sep 2009):

    This is probably one of the most worth seeing images I have found on this site. So touching!

  • Delores Harshaw

    Delores Harshaw (Deleted) gave props (9 Sep 2009):

    got my vote

  • Isa Silva

    Isa Silva said (16 Nov 2009):

    very good this work

  • Julien Maury

    Julien Maury gave props (24 Nov 2009):

    that is perfect you've had a chance with stranger. are they really,? how do you meat them then , this is a work I'de love to do. I actually work with some friend but I don''t show it here, let me know about that mate. ;)

  • akasha rabut

    akasha rabut gave props (4 Dec 2009):

    The light in this image is quite lovely.

  • Uriel Lubuk

    Uriel Lubuk said (28 Dec 2009):

    great shot and story !!

  • Lucy Lambriex

    Lucy Lambriex said (6 Jan 2010):

    How wonderful! Impressive portrait.

  • ♥ Cairenn ♥

    ♥ Cairenn ♥ said (12 Jan 2010):

    one word - *WoW*

  • Lawton Howell

    Lawton Howell gave props (15 Jan 2010):

    Nice shot!

  • rory cobbe

    rory cobbe gave props (22 Jan 2010):

    man this isa superb shot

  • Petra

    Petra gave props (24 Jan 2010):

    great job! very impressive!

  • JojoH

    JojoH (Deleted) gave props (10 Jun 2010):

    WOW.

  • Branimir Džaja

    Branimir Džaja said (11 Jun 2010):

    Outstanding work!

  • Robert Johnson

    Robert Johnson gave props (24 Oct 2010):

    wow

  • Mike Avina

    Mike Avina gave props (24 Oct 2010):

    nice work--very evocative of his loneliness and isolation

  • Scott Pugh

    Scott Pugh gave props (26 Oct 2010):

    Nice to meet him.

  • VICTOR REYES

    VICTOR REYES   said (27 Oct 2010):

    good photo but sad story,good job

  • Roni River

    Roni River said (31 Oct 2010):

    THis photo and his story is so emotional and sad and this image is so powerful I mean even without knowing all you wrote you could kind of feel it from this photo!
    Well done for going and shooting him this is incredible and so touching

  • Bystander

    Bystander gave props (11 Nov 2010):

    Well done!

  • Ope O

    Ope O gave props (1 Mar 2011):

    good job

  • gmark lewis

    gmark lewis gave props (1 Mar 2011):

    Remarkable shot!

  • Karen Menyhart

    Karen Menyhart gave props (1 Mar 2011):

    Wow, powerful and wonderful image. well done

  • Fred S.

    Fred S. gave props (2 Mar 2011):

    Wow!

  • Joe LaFata

    Joe LaFata gave props (4 Mar 2011):

    nicely done...great story

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (19 Sep 2011):

    Wicked cool entry.

  • Vin Weathermon

    Vin Weathermon   gave props (21 Nov 2011):

    intrigue is one of the best things an artist can bring to an image...well done

  • Alexandra Bogdan

    Alexandra Bogdan gave props (11 Dec 2011):

    a moving story. and you did a great job with the photo. really perfect for the theme

  • J.L. Sofka

    J.L. Sofka (Deleted) gave props (21 Sep 2012):

    This is a prize winning photograph.

  • Colin

    Colin   gave props (28 Mar 2014):

    This is one of those rare times that you take a good hard look at an image and you know the story before you are told. Excellent capture. I think the man is an artist himself he has seen the picture when he proposed to pose naked. The small chair against his large frame is devine.

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