The art behind begging.

  • Photographer
    Enrique Pérez-Garci
  • Prize
    Official Selection
  • Jury Top 5 Selection

    Louisa J. Curtis the contrast between the man and the wall is very striking, almost haunting, he looks so out of place

  • Date of Photograph
  • Technical Info
    Speed 1/13; Aperture 6.3; ISO 640; focal length 177; full format

This picture shows an old man begging in thick dark winter clothes, in front of a bicoloured patterned wall. The photo was taken during a busy street on a Saturday in the centre of Bern. A lapse of of 5 seconds of tranquility, with no people passing, allowed me to take the shot. This image was initialy conceived weeks before when I first saw it. The colour contrasts of the background, together with the strong charism of the man, strongly attracted my attention. Since I did not have the camera at the time, I visited the location several times until the scene recreated itself.

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