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Alone, Not Lonely - Portland, Oregon

Alone, Not Lonely - Portland, Oregon

When I was a child I thought being alone was the equivalent of being lonely. Yet there is a difference between enforced and voluntary isolation.

Mike, whom I met as darkness fell over the city of Portland, does not fear being by himself, nor does he mind a lack of companionship. With his life stripped down almost to the essentials, he carries all that he owns on his back. His one luxury appeared to be a mini-boom box.

When we met, Mike was listening to the radio. "Do you know this song?" he asked with a smile. I did (in fact it has a rather special meaning for me.) As he headed into the night, his bedroll on his back, I did not know if Mike embraced the lyrics of the song or turned his back to them.


Oh you ain't getting no younger.
Your pain and your hunger,
They're driving you home.
And freedom, oh freedom.
Well that's just some people talking.
Your prison is walking through this world all alone.

Nikon D80 ,Nikon 18-200mm VR Lens
1/2s f/9.0 at 36.0mm ISO 400 full exif

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Guest 14-Jun-2007 07:57
Wonderful image, GMV!
JSWaters12-Jun-2007 20:23
Can I say 'I told you so, now?' The reddish glow illuminates his solitary walk into his chosen lifestyle, while the lights of the city feed the hunger for companionship in the buildings beyond. We all grab our freedom where we can - (very nostalgic song for me, too.)
Bryan Murahashi12-Jun-2007 15:08
Beautifully exposed photo.
Guest 12-Jun-2007 14:41
Very touching!
regi olbrechts12-Jun-2007 09:22
I know what you say Dave.
I need/treasure both and ther's a clear line (for myself) between the two worlds.
By the way: great moody shot too!
Enny12-Jun-2007 08:17
beautiful view and light.
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