Kevin the Captain

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© Jens Grubert
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UploadedOctober 4, 2007
TakenJune 16, 2007
MakeNikon Corporation
ModelNIKON D70
Exposure1/250 sec at f/8
FlashNo Flash
Focal Length17 mm
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Living on the street makes your emotions go wild.

Kevin was born in 1958 in Calgary, Canada, served in the Canadian Armed Forces and refused to go into the first Iraq war.

Kevin said he could be a millionaire if he wouldn't mess himself up with alcohol.

He recently lost his toes and can't walk properly anymore - you can find him sitting under the same bridge in downtown Calgary everyday, where shoppers go by, not noticing him.

Some sentences he said over and over again while I was talking to him.

"Mama ... I miss her."

"I'm not stupid."

"I'm not better than nobody else."

"I served in the CAF ... black suite and white shoes ... I am the captain."

"Fucked myself up."

"Lots of nice people out there."

At the end he asked me:

"You have a hand gun? Can you borrow it me once?"

7 responses

  • Brett Kuck

    Brett Kuck said (4 Oct 2007):

    amazing capture and story i hope this makes it into the issue

  • cheryl petty

    cheryl petty said (5 Oct 2007):

    I love this photo!!! it's so different than what I've been seeing lately.

  • Marina Veereschild

    Marina Veereschild (Deleted) said (5 Oct 2007):

    It feels awkward to compliment you on this picture, because it's so sad, but it's a very good picture.

  • Karolus Naga

    Karolus Naga (Deleted) said (10 Oct 2007):

    cool ..

  • Henry Bowman

    Henry Bowman said (13 Nov 2007):

    great shot and story..often we pass through life just glancing at others.. you took the time to listen

  • Carl Timpone

    Carl Timpone said (7 Dec 2007):

    i love the style and background story to this photograph

  • marshall

    marshall gave props (20 Jul 2008):

    it's the composition that treally does it for me. him in foreground left, the lines of the wall and sidewalk leading us to the figures in the backsgoround. solid work.

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