He's Been Around!

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© James Wiley
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In my 'Photojournalism' collection.

Originally shot for a Winnipeg Free Press newspaper photo essay about troubled youth living in a group home.

Thanks to V for the spotlight!

59 responses

  • Ted Anderson

    Ted Anderson (Deleted) gave props (21 Jan 2012):

    ...and he has a thousand stories. Nice portrait.

  • MindTheStep

    MindTheStep gave props (21 Jan 2012):

    love this portrait!

  • Michael Bryant

    Michael Bryant (Deleted) gave props (21 Jan 2012):

    very gritty...notice the knuckles

  • Susan B. Griffith

    Susan B. Griffith   said (22 Jan 2012):

    Agree with Ted, and want to know his story.

  • Lori Boggetti

    Lori Boggetti gave props (22 Jan 2012):

    You know you took a great photo when people want to know more about your subject, nice job.

  • Irwin Rubin

    Irwin Rubin   gave props (22 Jan 2012):

    Such a sad photo.

  • James Wiley

    James Wiley said (22 Jan 2012):

    As I said, this was the lead photograph for a photo essay about troubled kids living in a group home. As I recall, there were about 8 kids living there and the accompanying story was more about the home itself and not individual histories of the occupants. Therefore, I can only tell you what is obvious and what can be assumed...Very troubled, poor, tough, possibly abused as a child, constant battles with the law, fights a lot and burns himself with cigarettes.

  • niko niko

    niko niko gave props (22 Jan 2012):

    heavy. great.

  • Raje Esteban

    Raje Esteban   gave props (23 Jan 2012):

    nice details, like the contrast. certainly an engaging story

  • Carlos Aviles

    Carlos Aviles gave props (23 Jan 2012):

    Great portrait

  • Andrew Kelly

    Andrew Kelly gave props (24 Jan 2012):

    Excellent photo.

  • Yaz Hawkins

    Yaz Hawkins said (24 Jan 2012):

    Great portrait James! Is a very sad pic too but is what it is, some kids have all the luck in the world and some others just fall through the cracks of society. I'm sure he's been in hell a lot of times.

  • Jason Platt

    Jason Platt gave props (26 Jan 2012):

    shot with candor and honesty that draws you in to a sense of hardened pain..so well done James!

  • Sonia Adam Murray

    Sonia Adam Murray gave props (26 Jan 2012):

    A candid and honest capture, which leaves me sad that we are unable to change these situations!

  • Heather Mellon

    Heather Mellon   gave props (27 Jan 2012):

    A very thought provoking portrait.. one can sense the pain in his eyes. An unforgettable image..

  • Dennis Watts

    Dennis Watts gave props (28 Jan 2012):

    great tone and contrast, very moody.

  • Regenia Brabham

    Regenia Brabham gave props (29 Jan 2012):

    This is a powerful portrait! I once lived in group and foster care and saw so many lost kids. Many of them are dead now. This captures the anger and emptiness that so many of us felt.

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (31 Jan 2012):

    Rockin' JPG's Theme Park (beautifully).

  • Kathleen Mercado

    Kathleen Mercado (Deleted) said (2 Feb 2012):

    This is wonderful.

  • Kathleen Mercado

    Kathleen Mercado (Deleted) said (2 Feb 2012):

    Actually, I find him beautiful. His resilience is apparent. Survival.

  • Lanis Rossi

    Lanis Rossi gave props (10 Feb 2012):

    Great Capture!

  • Alessandra Tardio

    Alessandra Tardio said (10 Feb 2012):

    Love this. Amazing portrait!

  • Saroj Swain

    Saroj Swain gave props (28 Feb 2012):

    really nice!!!great entry...

  • Maik Dreyer

    Maik Dreyer gave props (13 Mar 2012):

    wow... very intensive.

  • Sonia Adam Murray

    Sonia Adam Murray gave props (28 Mar 2012):

    Oh YEAH/RAD!


    JOE FAILK gave props (29 Mar 2012):


  • Susan Littlefield

    Susan Littlefield said (29 Mar 2012):

    These are the kids that definitely get to your heart. Makes you want to take him in and show him the beauty that life has to offer. An amazing portrait! Voted.

  • lowison

    lowison gave props (29 Mar 2012):

    Strong pic!

  • Carlo Pagan

    Carlo Pagan gave props (29 Mar 2012):


  • Donna Mullins

    Donna Mullins (Deleted) gave props (29 Mar 2012):

    voted! very intense photo.

  • Julien Maury

    Julien Maury gave props (30 Mar 2012):

    Course I rad.!!

  • Carl Kuntze

    Carl Kuntze gave props (31 Mar 2012):

    Intimidating, but hardly ugly.

  • James Wiley

    James Wiley said (31 Mar 2012):

    Sometimes a situation can be ugly!

  • Kevin Kott

    Kevin Kott (Deleted) gave props (31 Mar 2012):

    My vote!!!

  • dp *

    dp * gave props (31 Mar 2012):

    Heck yeah! this is Way RAD!

  • Massimo Bardelli

    Massimo Bardelli   gave props (2 Apr 2012):

    Yeah my vote!

  • Davide Simone

    Davide Simone (Deleted) gave props (2 Apr 2012):

    for me wonderful

  • Davide Simone

    Davide Simone (Deleted) gave props (2 Apr 2012):

    for me wonderful my vote

  • Deborah Downes

    Deborah Downes gave props (3 Apr 2012):

    Powerful and so tragic.

  • Jason Platt

    Jason Platt gave props (3 Apr 2012):


  • ! Mario Scattoloni ¡

    ! Mario Scattoloni ¡ gave props (4 Apr 2012):

    Excellent photojournalistic reportage. A tough side of life most try not to investigate. Great portrait as well.

  • Chris Jennings

    Chris Jennings gave props (4 Apr 2012):

    You have captured an incredible intensity.

  • ajtiM

    ajtiM (Deleted) said (5 Apr 2012):

    brilliant! my vote.

  • Regenia Brabham

    Regenia Brabham said (6 Apr 2012):


  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (6 Apr 2012):

    Oh YEAH! Rad!

  • Vicki Koch

    Vicki Koch said (6 Apr 2012):

    sad what happens in youth, if we could only been born and grow young
    interesting capture

  • dazs km

    dazs km said (10 Apr 2012):

    You got my vote Mr. Wiley !!!!!!

  • Judy and Wayne Wanamaker

    Judy and Wayne Wanamaker gave props (11 Apr 2012):

    He is ruggedly handsome; but his expression tells a disturbing story. So sad. A wonderful emotional portrait.

  • Michele Wambaugh

    Michele Wambaugh (Deleted) gave props (14 Apr 2012):

    Whoa! Yes, ugly! voted

  • Michael F. OBrien

    Michael F. OBrien gave props (30 Apr 2012):


  • Ezekiel Yanez

    Ezekiel Yanez gave props (6 May 2012):

    Really love this shot! Voted.

  • Pedro Teixeira

    Pedro Teixeira gave props (8 May 2012):

    Amazing portrait!..Great work!My vote!

  • Nadeem Shafi

    Nadeem Shafi gave props (17 May 2012):

    VERY powerful image, James.

  • Jyri Vissak

    Jyri Vissak gave props (20 May 2012):

    Cool find! Got my vote.

  • Carlos Aviles

    Carlos Aviles gave props (26 May 2012):

    Very good. Voted

  • vonAsh

    vonAsh said (27 May 2012):

    Wonderful entry! and a beautiful shot! He is hardly ugly, but his expression, guarded posture, broken knuckles and obvious scars speak of the ugliness of his past and present. I hope he's managed to somehow change his stars without any more sacrifices.

  • V

    V gave props (28 Jun 2012):

    he brings a lot to the photo, so do you - and combined it's amazing.

  • Léa Bastien

    Léa Bastien (Deleted) gave props (1 Jul 2012):

    Photo très intense

  • Jeff

    Jeff gave props (28 Feb 2014):


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