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© nema' etebar
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UploadedFebruary 14, 2008
TakenMarch 29, 2007
Exposure1/400 sec at f/5.6
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Focal Length6.33 mm
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philadelphia::history::america.. early spring//samson st. downtown::standing out was the american flag blanket.. people walk past one another all the time::life isn't mercy.. mr. mr. "may i". america:america..
sleeping in sweat ::: sunshine in ones eyes ::: a corporate man the uncaring and wicked or maybe he's not a bad guy, works hard and honest :: raises a family caring loving and giving//the sun was just in his eyes..
This picture hangs in "alfa" a restauarant in downtown philadelphia, full of diversity.. The most asked question. "was this photograph staged???"
The answer is:: "no, it was not."
These two people have never met nor will they ever.. in march 2009 the man sleeping on the american flag blanket was laying on a vent at 16th and walnut trying to stay warm. A taxi cab was jackknifed and smashed onto the sidewalk, breaking his back and killing him..

In the street:dreams photo essay.

85 responses

  • Don Harney

    Don Harney (Deleted) gave props (14 Feb 2008):

    Fantastic picture!!!

  • Kreddible Trout

    Kreddible Trout gave props (24 Feb 2008):

    brilliant and desperate.

  • Kristina Hoover

    Kristina Hoover gave props (6 Mar 2008):

    This is exactly what I've wanted to capture for a long time, but never knew how it would work. I think this completely sums up democracy. Major props.

  • elsha hartmann

    elsha hartmann said (12 Mar 2008):

    what an incredible coincidence.
    i feel it truly expresses the condition of the general american's empathy for the whole of humanity.
    there isn't much.
    well done sir.

  • Matteo Deco

    Matteo Deco gave props (17 Apr 2008):

    Aaaaaaaaaall that, son! That about sums our blessed country up.

  • Dingo Core

    Dingo Core said (17 Apr 2008):

    can you say epitome of american capitalism...oh my god. well spotted.

  • James Carson

    James Carson said (18 Apr 2008):

    American dream American nightmare
    Awesome in the least

  • Joseph Brown

    Joseph Brown said (28 Apr 2008):

    Everything about this shot is outstanding!

  • Myrte Voogt

    Myrte Voogt said (4 Jun 2008):

    very very good! and perfectly balanced..

  • Paul Lavallee

    Paul Lavallee gave props (4 Jun 2008):

    what a powerful juxtaposition!!! i really hope this gets published, great job!

  • Jason Quigley

    Jason Quigley said (4 Jun 2008):

    Great timing. This is a perfect illustration of the growing disparity between rich and poor in America (and the world). Nice shot!

  • tom leeman

    tom leeman gave props (5 Jun 2008):

    tells a great story, nice suit

  • Jonathan Nafarrete

    Jonathan Nafarrete gave props (6 Jun 2008):

    Great for the theme.

  • Eric Sayah

    Eric Sayah gave props (6 Jun 2008):

    Outstanding and powerful shot! My vote

  • John Paul

    John Paul gave props (7 Jun 2008):

    Amazing, reminiscent of the photo by Weegee. Great work!

  • Meghana K

    Meghana K said (7 Jun 2008):

    What a moment captured!! Superb shot... it says so much!

  • David Mcaneney

    David Mcaneney gave props (8 Jun 2008):

    city of brotherly shove!!! well done....

  • Bonnie Blanton

    Bonnie Blanton (Deleted) said (10 Jun 2008):

    Excellent timing! This pictures just screams the world we live in.

  • Chelsea Caillier

    Chelsea Caillier gave props (10 Jun 2008):

    wow! kudos on the perfect moment!!

  • Casi Fleischman

    Casi Fleischman gave props (12 Jun 2008):

    Reminds me of Alfred Stieglitz's work. Great shot.

  • Deevee Sanchez

    Deevee Sanchez said (13 Jun 2008):

    can anyone say juxtaposition?? luv the picture

  • Nelson Campbell

    Nelson Campbell (Deleted) gave props (14 Jun 2008):

    incredible shot...excellent entry...IT ROCKS and I hope it makes the mag!!

  • Bhu Sullivan

    Bhu Sullivan gave props (16 Jun 2008):

    fantastic. you have my vote.

  • Olivier Vin

    Olivier Vin (Deleted) gave props (16 Jun 2008):

    This is just great ! Nice to see the gap so well illustrated...

  • Federico Scotto

    Federico Scotto gave props (23 Jun 2008):


  • Rob Bowman

    Rob Bowman said (5 Jul 2008):

    The "American Dream" is displayed very well here.

  • Michael Dunn

    Michael Dunn gave props (27 Jul 2008):

    Well captured!

  • Alexis - Now on Flickr

    Alexis - Now on Flickr gave props (29 Jul 2008):

    GREAT entry - voted!

  • Nora Kubach

    Nora Kubach (Deleted) gave props (6 Oct 2008):

    powerful shot, this is so great

  • ! Mario Scattoloni ¡

    ! Mario Scattoloni ¡ gave props (23 Oct 2008):

    Ditto 2 all the above....Yeah....great images & fantastic work, keep it coming, man U R like the contemporary Robert Frank of Philadelphia. Someone publish this guy like now !

  • Pascal Fellonneau

    Pascal Fellonneau said (28 Oct 2008):


  • andrew james

    andrew james gave props (28 Oct 2008):


  • Phonesvanh Siharat

    Phonesvanh Siharat gave props (25 Nov 2008):

    way to wait for the shot!

  • Romain Philippon

    Romain Philippon (Deleted) said (16 Jan 2009):

    ouch !
    this pic doesn't need words.
    is it medium format ?

  • molly .

    molly . gave props (6 Mar 2009):

    i agree with Romain--this does not need words. powerful, striking and eye-opening.

  • Olivier Scher

    Olivier Scher gave props (20 Apr 2009):

    HUGE !

  • Sherry Davis Johnson

    Sherry Davis Johnson gave props (21 Apr 2009):

    This would be a great juxtaposition entry. Mr. America's face says it all.

  • nema' etebar

    nema' etebar said (22 Apr 2009):

    sherry::juxtapostion it is ;) thank you..

  • Lanis Rossi

    Lanis Rossi gave props (5 May 2009):

    Terriffic Capture!

  • Sarah States

    Sarah States gave props (18 May 2009):

    fantastic shot. wow. very moving.

  • Lise Utne

    Lise Utne gave props (1 Jun 2009):

    Fantastic shot and very appropriate words.

  • david ong

    david ong gave props (5 Jun 2009):

    fantastic entry!!! well done!

  • francesco speranza

    francesco speranza said (17 Jun 2009):

    a very nice street shot!

  • Al Gieryna

    Al Gieryna gave props (4 Jul 2009):

    This picture is worth a thousand words...great work!

  • Rachel Hessinger

    Rachel Hessinger gave props (14 Jul 2009):

    Great job on capturing something so random and spontaneous.

  • Leslie Granda-Hill

    Leslie Granda-Hill gave props (5 Aug 2009):

    Very well done!

  • mark regester

    mark regester (Deleted) gave props (7 Aug 2009):


  • Bradley Cox

    Bradley Cox gave props (10 Aug 2009):

    damn.. good job sir. much props.

  • Michaela K.

    Michaela K. gave props (11 Aug 2009):

    Perfect for the theme!

  • Ena Kreso

    Ena Kreso (Deleted) gave props (15 Aug 2009):

    very sad

  • Carol Arntsen Masiak

    Carol Arntsen Masiak gave props (31 Dec 2009):

    so powerful and well done!

  • Miro Zselinsky

    Miro Zselinsky gave props (25 Jan 2010):


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    colinizing phot with colin boyd (Deleted) said (28 Jan 2010):

    is this posed? amazing timing... i am impressed :)

  • Paul Lavallee

    Paul Lavallee gave props (3 Jun 2010):

    Back to vote!

  • Judy Abolafya

    Judy Abolafya (Deleted) gave props (4 Jun 2010):


  • Sonia Adam Murray

    Sonia Adam Murray gave props (5 Jun 2010):

    This is a very powerful message, you have my vote!

  • Connie Sanders

    Connie Sanders gave props (12 Jun 2010):

    sad story, great documentation

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (13 Jun 2010):

    Oh YEAH! Rad!

  • abel

    abel gave props (14 Jun 2010):

    Got my vote.

  • Lise Utne

    Lise Utne gave props (17 Jun 2010):

    Back to vote for this very strong photo.

  • Jonathan Bratter

    Jonathan Bratter gave props (18 Jun 2010):

    fantastic catch! voted.

  • carmen rugel

    carmen rugel (Deleted) gave props (23 Jun 2010):

    very powerful shot!! voted

  • Sean Blake

    Sean Blake said (23 Jun 2010):

    Amazing image and story.

  • courtney stone-moore

    courtney stone-moore said (26 Jun 2010):

    looks like the anti-christ to me..very cool, voted for it!!

  • oliver geis

    oliver geis (Deleted) gave props (28 Jun 2010):

    sure shot...couldn`t be better!

  • ! Mario Scattoloni ¡

    ! Mario Scattoloni ¡ said (14 Jul 2010):

    Back 2 vote. This is by far one of the most interesting juxapostions of what is America culture today. While you live within one of the wealthiest nations in the world it is also full of many ironies.

  • Eduardo Cuesta

    Eduardo Cuesta gave props (15 Jul 2010):

    Terrific shot!!!

  • Roxana Brivent-Barnes

    Roxana Brivent-Barnes said (19 Jul 2010):

    The contrast is so direct here, is a winner photo in my eyes. You got my vote!

  • Reggie Mateo

    Reggie Mateo gave props (26 Jul 2010):

    Perfect for the theme. Great shot.

  • Carl Kuntze

    Carl Kuntze gave props (26 Jul 2010):

    Can't help but believe it was staged. The well tailored suit. The flag. The man lying on it looked too clean. But, excellent for the theme.

  • Linda Powell

    Linda Powell gave props (2 Aug 2010):

    Truely what America has become; blind eyes-cold heart!

  • Regenia Brabham

    Regenia Brabham gave props (4 Aug 2010):

    Great street shot!!!

  • Madame B Sophie

    Madame B Sophie gave props (8 Aug 2010):

    Incredible but unfortunatly so true!

  • Michele Randell

    Michele Randell gave props (9 Aug 2010):

    A truly poweful image that is perfect for the theme...Voted!

  • Carlos Aviles

    Carlos Aviles (Deleted) gave props (11 Aug 2010):

    Excellent. voted

  • dp *

    dp * gave props (12 Aug 2010):


  • Michael Asaro

    Michael Asaro said (18 Aug 2010):

    I've got to comment on this photo. First of all it's excellent putting it mildly. Not only did you capture a slice of life but you incorporated great color harmony, saturation and nice dark shadows. You've clearly conveyed the rich and the poor. This photo also makes me

    sad to know that the homeless man is unfortuantely in that situation for whatever reason, so you sympathize with him. I also get a sense of a stuck up gentlemen in a suit that's to good to even look at the man sleeping. We can also see that the man is cleraly holding his breath as his passes by the garbage containers the the homeless gentlemen. It makes you also wonder which stench is worse? Finally this photo says I would love to help that homeless man and get him into a suit put for now I'll just pray for him. I could go on and on but I think I've said enough for now. I love your photo I give this five-stars without question!

    Michael Asaro

  • Michael Asaro

    Michael Asaro said (18 Aug 2010):

    It's Michael Asaro again. The body and facial language are excellent. I would publish this photo 5 col. in a heart beat. Your title also is very fitting. Even though we but live in America, unfortuantely it seems that we are divided amongst each other, be it color race or whatever. I just had to include these extra remarks. I apologize for the typos in the previous comments. I've been aphotojouranalist for 36 years now and when I see a good. No, let me say excellent photo, I know it. This would grace a magazine cover any day of the week in my opinion! Keep up the fantastic work and I hope to hear from you. Michael Asaro

  • Ronnie Ginnever

    Ronnie Ginnever gave props (5 Sep 2010):

    So perfect - voted...

  • Chelsea Rising

    Chelsea Rising   gave props (7 Sep 2010):

    definite juxtaposition! voted

  • Lazarescu Costin

    Lazarescu Costin gave props (10 Sep 2010):

    Voted Voted Voted Voted !

  • Randolph Barry

    Randolph Barry (Deleted) said (10 Sep 2010):

    Personally I think It's about class struggle. The man on the ground is us and the man walking by represents the people that control 93 percent of the wealth in this country. I think the flag in the picture is very symbolic in the as well. Perhaps for blind patriotism? Your picture made me think and that is what great pictures do. I would hope that most of the people that wrote three or four word comments would get more out of it. Thanks for the picture!

  • Janos Nezo

    Janos Nezo gave props (13 Sep 2010):

    perfect for the theme. my vote!

  • Tim E

    Tim E (Deleted) gave props (28 Apr 2011):

    says it all, and srtaightforwardly to boot. nice job.

  • misha otaared

    misha otaared gave props (20 Jun 2011):

    very powerful shot, and uncomfortable (as it should be) -- strong work

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