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Comments:

What a great shot! It really captures and conveys the isolation of the physically challenged. At the same time, though, it really hihglights the dignity and reveals a kind of hyperreal sense of omniscience--like the man in the wheelchair (love the flowery shirt and jaunty summer hat!) sees all, and knows all. He's able to slow down life. He's removed from the rat race. Don't feel sorry for him, he isn't missing anything.

I know you're in Toronto somewhere, right? Where exactly was this taken?

I'm hoping to get my own photoblog up and running soon? Any tips? What programs, etc. are you running?

Thanks,

Bob
Windsor, Ontario.

Posted by Robert Earl Stewart at July 19, 2005 09:48 AM
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hi bob,

thanks for the nice words, glad you like the pic! it's great to get such thoughtful comments as that.

yes i'm in toronto, generally.

i'm using movabletype 3.17 with mt-blacklist 2.04b (to block comment spam) and lately it's been a bit of a challenge to ge the two of them working together in harmony.

i was very happy with my previous combo of mt2.61 and mt-blacklist 1 point something. i'd recommend that combo!

Posted by matto at July 19, 2005 10:58 AM
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bingo bingo bingo!

right on, Matt,

Posted by Swerve at July 19, 2005 11:11 AM
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Love the shot! Though I'm a sucker for the elapsed motion blur effect, especially when the colours are as dark and evocative as this. The detail of the people in the bakground to the left of hte fellow in the wheelchair is great and really sets off the motion of the runners (?) I think what really makes this shot is the framing of the powerlines and the ground and how they "open" to the right of the pic. My only quibble is the guy in the chair -- I wish he was sharper, in better focus or something. And he was facing a bit more to the left. But you can't always get what you want. Still, a beaut of a shot!

Posted by M-J Milloy at July 19, 2005 12:10 PM
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Oh, and I'd suggest looking at pixelpost as a photoblog package, or try typepad if you don't want to install/administer the site yourself.

Posted by M-J Milloy at July 19, 2005 12:12 PM
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I think it looks rather poignant. The whole world is rushing past him as he sits. Their is a loneliness to it.

Posted by Sarah at July 19, 2005 12:43 PM
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Wow, wow, and wow again! The image, to me, is an apocalyptic vision. It's as if the frame is on fire, the smoke against the sky adding heightening the effect. The gaze of the still figure becomes our gaze. And we become, as he is literally, immobilized in the face of the chaos - the meltdown all around.

Posted by eliot at July 20, 2005 11:49 AM
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Now -that- is a cool picture. Very nice.

Posted by f.d. rahman at July 20, 2005 05:54 PM
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Really nice shot, all the motion and hustle and bustle are captured nicely here. Great colors and I love the glow.

My favorite of the day!!

Posted by Erik at July 20, 2005 07:31 PM
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I think the thing that really makes this image work for me (disregarding the slight camera shake) is the guy standing to the left of the chap in the wheelchair, there's a moment of contact, caught when he stopped, turned & looked.
Super photo!

Posted by Neil at July 21, 2005 07:44 AM
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This is one of the best photos I ever set my eyes on!!Its got so much meaning and captured in such perfect environment!The mobility of the people in the busy city versus the man's stillness in the face of all the hustle.

Posted by Bassant at July 27, 2005 09:28 AM
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