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The Road Map To Life by MikeShawPhotography The Road Map To Life by MikeShawPhotography
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The Road Map To Lifeby MikeShawPhotography

Photography / Street©2013-2014 MikeShawPhotography
For those that have not pumped their skin full of poison to try and stay young the inevitable will happen. We age as intended but we all age differently due to the circumstances of our lives.

She was from what I can gather a Romanian gypsy busking on the streets of Liverpool with an accordion for money. I say from what I can gather as we spoke different languages, she knew little English so it was through gestures and the odd word she knew we managed to get through. When she laughed, which she did, she showed a mouth that had been as neglected as her skin care, not many teeth left.

But I would not have changed anything about her even if I had the ways and means to. She wore the road map to her life on her face, its not been an easy life you can tell but its her life. He face has not been "plasticised" by the pursuit of eternal youth, she had expression, she was more alive than the models advertising the next revolution in skin care.

We are after all skin and bones, we are as natural as the trees that grow around us and just like them we go through a life cycle. I would not deface a tree by stripping back its bark and waxing or varnishing its trunk, so why do the same to ourselves. Embrace who you are, road map and all.  
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deviants-apprentice Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014
i agree, at least she's real. 
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werol Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Stunning shot
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MikeShawPhotography Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2013
Thanks mate :)
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AmirElti Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
What a wonderful portrait! I love the details and her eyes. Beautiful processing to B&W. Well done!
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mecengineer Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2013
wonderful work
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smokingvoodoo Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
great work maan
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LoriBravo Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2013
Her face holds truth. Good job.
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GeorgianaGeani Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2013
Good job!
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RezzanATAKOL Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2013
Great portrait. As a library of an old building, have many story books in each lines:)
I just want to know how you got black background. Did you put a black thing on the background or used high contrast?How u managed it?
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H3ad0n Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2013
Hello,

Once more a very great job.
Congratulations.

Have a nice day,
Patrick
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