Alone in prayer by phil452

Alone in prayer

A thoughtful image for a New Year. This man when I sat beside him was very smelly, he lived on the streets and yet when the minister began speaking he knew and joined in quietly with the prayers.
He was educated, knowledgable and I immediately judged him by his look and smell. All his belongings were in a small bag.
I moved and waited for him to appear above the balcony as I knew he would be alone, no-one wanted to sit beside him!
After I made this image I went back and sat with him for a while, he thanked me and asked me why I had sat with him. I showed him the image on the back of my camera and he was tearful. I explained that of all the people in this place he had no books nor paper to read from he just had the words inside him.
It has taken a while to work on this image as it is not recent, I made it in 2015 and it will be in a book I am making. Today I saw it and had to make it good. It was a single shot and it made me feel greedy for taking his photograph. But he was kind and softly spoken and I wonder how life has treated him now?
Happy New Year, we never know where we will find ourselves.
Great shot and very thought provoking narrative. I wonder what his back story was.
December 31st, 2021  
Poignant shot and narrative, Phil.
December 31st, 2021  
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