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The Ghosts We See by MikeShawPhotography The Ghosts We See by MikeShawPhotography
They pass you by but you do not see, rather you want not to see. The ghosts that are alive but not through their eyes, life is a struggle, just passing by, unseen, unnoticed.

But I see, I see the long unkempt hair and the unshaven face, the sockless feet in shoes that are too big. I see the empty stare as you walk forward through the crowd, always forward, always ignored until you are nothing more than a living ghost. Fleeting glimpses as they look up from phones, from the cracks in the pavements they would rather look at, too many reminders, to much pain that they could be you, look away, do not see, prentend all is well with the world.

To many living ghosts, how soon before you cannot look away anymore?

I have been uploading a few images here now and then, I am still unsure of what I should do about being here but we shall see where it takes us :)
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DoctorSatan69 Mar 28, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Gandalf *_* 
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ChrisLys24 Dec 3, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Magnifique !
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ShellyBad Mar 25, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Brilliant work!! Powerful!!
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Lluweline Mar 25, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Beautiful portrait, so touching ...
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treeblue Jan 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful.
This photo brings to mind a chance meeting in downtown Portland, Oregon. A homeless man was standing outside the fancy Nike store, not asking anyone for anything...he was just all alone.

I approached this gentleman and asked if he would accept what few dollars I had, (I didn't want to assume).
Our eyes locked and for a moment I didn't see the disheveled older man any longer, but I saw in his deep brown eyes, him as a child.
And that child had dreams and was excited & happy about life.
Then back to reality.

He thanked me in a quiet, rough voice, turned and walked away. I stood and cried.
It simply broke my heart.
I'll never forget that gentleman and that young boy, who didn't know what the future held for him.
I hope he's warm and safe...I hope he is OK.

Thank you for posting this touching portrait, and for your wise words...to look up and not look away.

sorry this is so long!

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owensangel10 Jan 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
lOVE THIS...THE BLACK BACKGROUND SETS IT OFF BEAUTIFULLY!! WHEN I FIRST SAW THIS I THOUGHT "THE OLD MAN AND THE SEA"...I DO NOT KNOW WHY??
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Very profound statement, and very true. Excellent capture, thanks for sharing such a fantastic piece. :)
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JT-Jones Oct 29, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
featured here: [link]

Hope you like it :)
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roodpa Oct 28, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Absolutely awesome shot, Mike.
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juditithil Sep 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This amazing portrait goes hand in hand with your underlying idea on the matter. Moving.
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