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Old Nov 6, 2009, 10:51 AM   #1
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Homeless man on Park Avenue taken today.



Come to think of it, I don't really know if he's homeless. For all I know he could be one of the occupants in the high-rise apartment buildings on Park Ave he just likes spending mornings this way good thing I didn't tip him...

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Old Nov 6, 2009, 11:25 AM   #2
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A great catch. Look the inscription!
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Old Nov 6, 2009, 3:19 PM   #3
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Thanks, Ordo. He wore a brightly colored jacket then framed himself inside a church door so he's practically begging not for money but to be photographed .

I googled "Christus Regnat", can't find a direct translation, but from a longer phrase with the words in it I infer it means "Christ rules".

The man looks to me like a defiant atheist preventing anyone from entering the church saying, "No, I rule."

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To me, what is interesting in your pick -besides technical achievements- is the contradiction between the inscription, the luxury church, the colorful, expensive door and the homeless human situation.
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I think you have a better conceptualization.

I was actually already at the next block and went back because I knew I'd regret it if I didn't photograph the man and his colorfulness which was like an ad for Kodachrome that will never see the light of day , but later I was at pains trying to find words to describe the shot.

I didn't really like what I came up with and like yours a lot better. Thanks!
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Christus Regnat means Christ Reigns. The whole quote is "Christus vincit, Christus regnat, Christus imperat (Christ wins, Christ reigns, Christ rules)"
Elaborate stone work, and very fancy door in contrast with a guy who probably doesnt have enough for his next meal or at least too poor to afford a Kodak camera.
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Thanks a lot, Bynx and Ordo, for shedding light...
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Thanks a lot, Bynx and Ordo, for shedding light...
It's an interesting shot. If he's not homeless, he sure is dirt poor. A glance at his pants, can assure us of that.

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Thanks, Dave. He was talking to himself, loudly at times that people walked around him, but I didn't make out what he was saying (not that I tried). But in retrospect, that may just be how his voice sounded and was not going to bother anyone and definitely not threatening at all.
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maybe hes an eccentric millioniare
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