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Michael is homeless living on South Beach in Miami Florida..he served 2 tours in Vietnam as a Marine..

Canon EOS 50D
1/250s f/10.0 at 109.0mm iso200 full exif

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Roe..18-Mar-2011 12:27
I wrote a caption under his picture..that's how he introduced less..I wasn't sentimentalizing about anything..

I'm not sure how this portrait is different than what you've seen from me..I've been posting since 2003 and pride myself on variety..I hope my images do not fit a mold..
I am involved, my child is still in Afghanistan after 4 tours in Iraq..he's an EOD (explosive ordnance disposal AF Sgt.) his life is on the line 24/7..He continues to sacrifice, leaving his wife and two sons for each deployment..which makes a total of 5..He never complains because it was his choice to join our armed forces..

No apology's a portrait I took of a man with character..he just happened to be homeless and a vet..he seemed quite happy with his life and never asked for one fact he made me a beautiful rose out of palm leaves..

1105191218-Mar-2011 01:01
Excellent portraiture. A bit different than I have seen from you?

[[Please forgive me, I really hesitate to say this but, a homeless Vietnam veteran? In this society that is a given. But you know those guys on the street
corner hawking for money? The young guys. The ones that act funny. The ones that are drunk, of high? Some of those are our veterans from the first
Iraqi war or the current wars in Iraq or Afghanistan. Our valiant defenders are forgotten. They are left in the lurch. Excuse me, but sentimentalizing about
what should be or what could be just doesn't cut it. You have to become involved. CONTACT with you representatives is crucial. Educate yourself, their
survival and our survival depend on it. Family members of our brave and valiant defenders can substantiate this need. Please!!!]]

Again, I apologize. Beautiful and wonderful photo.
Craig Persel17-Mar-2011 17:11
Hans Koot17-Mar-2011 15:46
great photo..
I met some of those guys in the past.. could never adapt anymore..
lou_rozensteins16-Mar-2011 23:43
Beautiful work. Well done.
dane16-Mar-2011 02:20
One of your finest portraits.
laine15-Mar-2011 23:31
Powerful image, Roe.
Cindi Smith15-Mar-2011 23:16
Awesome capture of this man. So many of the homeless I have met are Vietnam Vets. So sad. His eyes have a sad feel to them.
Ann...15-Mar-2011 20:15
I'm lost for words.
Kevin Chester15-Mar-2011 19:29
Superb portrait, what a story those eyes could tell
Enny15-Mar-2011 18:59
great shot Nicky.
Giancarlo Guzzardi15-Mar-2011 18:29
beautiful and very powerful image
Brian Karl Werner15-Mar-2011 17:49
Love the processing on this!
Paolo Peggi (aka Bracciodiferro)15-Mar-2011 17:39
Amazing shot.V+
Ray :)15-Mar-2011 17:33
He deserves more than being homeless.
He should at least get a breakfast date with a beautiful woman.
J. Scott Coile15-Mar-2011 17:33
The pain lingers. Great candid with such a hard life story.