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Walk on by by MyPrivateParty Walk on by by MyPrivateParty

I don't know where to start. It could be long.

Obviously, what you are looking at is a man laying on the ground, as a person walks by.

I haven't introduced you guys yet to this series of photos I have been building. It's a series of photos that I've taken of people I walk behind as I am out shooting street. I don't know, it's sort of my form of souveneirs.

I saw this guy (the one walking.) He was walking across the street from me, then he made a hard left down a street just in front of me and I picked up the pace to get closer. Something to add to my walk behind series.

It's stuff like this that just unfolds before your eyes.

I noticed a man laying on the ground, and thought that it would be powerful enough to capture the scene as this man walks by.

I just realized now how presumptious it was of me to assume that he wouldn't do anything except walk by, but I imagine you couldn't expect much more of someone.

I stoped, and I watched. He wasn't breathing.

I made a phone call. Something along the lines of: Uhmm, yeah, uh, there's a dead guy on the sidewalk here, come pick him up.

I waited, I stood there, and took a photo of each person that walked by him without looking or seeming to give a shit.

At one point a lady walked by and started to bust out laughing, until she looked up and saw me taking her photo. She couldn't look at me, as she covered her face and passed.

I waited 15 minutes. I was hoping he'd spring to life and grab their ankles as they walked by, something like candid camera. It never happened.

It started to rain, so I made another call, this time saying: Please come quickly, there's a white man having a heart attack here.

I walked away with some kind of sense of clarity.

It's interesting, these kinds of things, I can never expect to know how to feel. It wasn't sad, to me, it wasn't disgusting, like some people might think when they see soemone dead. It was just, someone, on the sidewalk, who clearly died alone.

He doesn't have anything to worry about anymore.

The world chewed him up and spat him out.

I don't know how any of you will react to something like this. Quite frankly I don't care.

Im not putting Mature content on this. Anyone can turn on CNN or open a news paper, or fucking walk by this scene, and there's no need for mature content stickers. Let the administration put it on themselves, for all I care. I think reality is something you should not be able to escape.

And thank you for looking and reading.

"What motivated me?"

To take a photo of a scene, how I saw it to be. To present reality through my lense. The motivation of any young aspiring photojounrnalist; "to change the world".


Canon AE-1 ~ Canon 50mm 1.4 S.S.C. @ F/7 ~ 1/250 sec ~ Kodak 160NC three years expired

Why I chose 160NC? Because it was in my camera and I got it for cheap (free from craigslist) and I wasn't about to switch film while on the fly with a scene like this about to evaporate before my eyes.

Why I chose 1/250 @ F/7? well, with the AE-1, you select the shutter speed, and it selects the corresponding aperture for the correct exposure, so I selected 1/250 to slow the shutter a little (instead of 1/500 ot 1/1000) in order to get a smalled aperture, and a little bit more of a greater depth of field. You might be thinking F/7 is an odd aperture, for the sake of being completely acurate, that's what it was, because of the AE-1's auto aperture program nature.

Philadelphia, PA August 27, 2006

Photoshop: +10 contrast. That's all.

Many Thanks

I'd like to thank each and every one of you who took the time to look at this and read the description.

It is truely humbling to have a photo which I took and means so much to have it reach out and touch, open eyes, wake up, sober, provoke thought in poeple.

Thank you for the comments. I will not respond to many. I feel that what needs to be said has already been said here in the description. I wiould like to let you know I read every single one though.
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"The world chewed him up and spat him out." What more needs to be said about Walk on by by =MyPrivateParty? ( Suggested by a3nima and Featured by MidnightExigent )
Relic302 Featured By Owner May 15, 2017
This image is the very reason I have no more faith in humanity😞
Scooter-Shooter Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2015  Professional Photographer
A great image. Very sad that so many people walked past. Was he really dead? It makes me think of the Meyerowirz "fallen" photo in a way. You should enter this into a competition. You can't see the man's face, so I don't think there's any moral reason not to.
khofer23 Featured By Owner Edited Sep 1, 2014
exactly why should no one care all they care about is saving money if they have to make a call that will charge them why should they make that call the answer is because their absolutely not thinking clearly, I mean what if that was you and no one helped you and all you could do is lie there helplessly not able to do anything if we really want to make this a better place we cannot just worry about ourselves we got to help everyone that is around us cause clearly if it gets worse and everyone around us can't help themselves how can that clearly be better its not and I know people have their families to worry about which they think is enough worrying well it clearly is not we need to do our part in society to make this a better world and we better start doing it soon or there will be a chance where will be lose it and we may never get another chance to prove the world that we can make things right for the world but clearly every person needs to do their part to make this world a better place.
JaqErant92 Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Sanluris Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Jeez, that's awful! :( You think some CPR-certified person would walk by and want to do something. :hmm: I just got CPR-certified so if I need to I hope I could save someone.
I was in a building walking through a hall one day and there was a person lying on her back. She was looking at me and I looked back, but was too shy to ask if she needed help. Then I think a friend of hers came by and the lying down person asked if she could help her up.
I felt guilty that I didn't help but she was okay.

If there was a dead person though, I think I'd start freaking out. Sometimes I stare at people who fell asleep at a table or something to make sure they're breathing. If someone was actually in trouble then it'd be different. If someone's dead, then it's like, emergency! Or maybe he did have a heart attack and can be helped by CPR.
I worry a lot and think about things like that. I think if people don't do anything, it's called the "Bystander Effect".

...Do you think that no one stopped because his skin was dark or something? That's even more awful if so.
chancerox Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is an extremely powerful image. How little emotion people can show when their hearts and minds are focused on something inside of their bubble is frightening. We can fight the monsters of vanity inside of ourselves, yet so many chose to let them win. For the fear of not being loved, or valued, we will do nearly anything to let the world roll off our shoulders. Really, there isn't much that we can do for others that have been consumed by the monster besides letting our own lights shine through the darkness of their blind selves. But with that, we must chose to be a light in the first place.
Togechick Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's horrible.
Why would that lady just laugh at the lonely one? Man, i thought the world can't get worse than that.
I just feel like cry now, that's just awful.I wish that guy had just popped up, back on his feet and punched that lady straight in the mouth,That is just freaking cruel.
Same, thing with the army.The people care about the celebrities, president's, and important people who die but for those people who fight for the people that laugh at the person lying there, they don't realize that, there not nice even if they think they are.
How can people find that funny? This is a nice picture but, that's just sad.
BeatriceCavaco Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Its so hard to think that you can really just be laying there and no one will care. Thats why I always try now that I'm alive and well to never let other peoples opinions get to me. I think they care but just like that man on the rode if I was dead, they would just walk by.
bcordone Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012
Great shot, powerful story. Sad. This is a cold, cruel world we live in and the quicker people realize this the better. He has no more bad days now; I almost envy him for that. Thank you for sharing the story, you are a good writer.
razorsandrosary Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Everybody needs to see this.
Dragonlily2993 Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
God, that makes me cry. It's a beautiful piece but that's just heart breaking.
moondragonwings Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012
You menton a lady laughing, same thing happened when the Wal-Mart People Greeter in NY was trampled to death on Black Friday, there was a video captured ona phone, and you could hear laughing...
crazy-rabbit-1407 Featured By Owner May 15, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
i like the concept of thos photograpgh done many times but every single one always captures a different emotion on how they show the same idea, to me when i done this kinder photo i had a million people walking and the guy laying on the ground. see what i mean lol just saying nice work
Biru-chan Featured By Owner May 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Powerful picture, powerful story behind it. All in all, awesome.

But... sometimes I have to admit that I'm ashamed of being a human. This is one of those times.
Schreient Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
wonderful but sad ._.
but for ur work, ur words and the true,
iŽll give you the "love smiley". keep up ur work!
catgirl320 Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's so sad. People tend to fall into a diffusion of responsibility in these situations. They may care and want to help but cant be the one bothered with getting involved. Its a horrible thing and people need to be more aware of it. This is a great shot and a touching story.
Queen-In-Wonderland Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
People just don't care anymore. Its horrible, the state that the world is in. The way I and my brother were raise, we would at least check to see if the individual was okay!! For god's sake, people! Get out of your own pathetic world where you only care about yourself and start thinking about someone else for a change...
Amazing picture, great moment to capture.
AkshayG Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2011  Student General Artist
wow! this is amazing! the lighting really speaks too!
ChildoftheSpiritWolf Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
wow. thanks for the story and pic, food for thought.
Victory-Starr Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2011
Wow, this was such an eye-opener. Thanks so much for sharing this.
Mushroom-kat Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
This is a really powerful story, thank you so much for putting this up
Very-Stormy-Skies Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That's so sad. Why would you just leave a person, lying on the street, and just walk by? Apparently, a lot of people would. That's so sick and twisted. He's dead. This brought tears to my eyes. I don't care if that means I'm faint-hearted. Nice picture, though. It really captures society as it is.
JMak77 Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2011  Professional Interface Designer
This is definitely thought provoking. As a photographer, an artist, and as a human being you have succeeded.
Ciwiel Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2011
This made me think alot. Thanks
Harsed Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2011
Maybe i'm faint-hearted but reading this brought tears to my eyes...Your words ring with a harsh but true clarity that echoes this shot.
iizel Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2011
I'm not even sure what to say about this. It's....expected. I don't hold much credit to human beings any more. There's to much self-absorption for a person to walk past this man and make sure he is alright. I'd say this breaks my heart. But really I'm becoming desensitized to these sort of human behaviors.

Beautiful and sad moment, you captured it well, I appreciated reading your insight into the moment as well.
WolfHawksCub Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Humans are, quite honestly, some of the most disgusting creatures on earth. Even animals would stop and sniff a dead body. Elephants even mourn their dead. But humans? Compassion doesn't seem to be a homo sapien trait...
Anyway, this was a nice catch. It's sad and heart-wrenching, but a very clear view of American society.
TopherGentry Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2011   Photographer
pretty incredible, story included.
shin7a Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
your story pisses me off.
Poopyoo Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2011
i was in town and there was some guy kinda like this, but he was off to the side and looked like he was sleeping, I didn't do anything, my friends and I were just like "was that guy alive?" lol after seeing this I kinda feel bad.
quaystock Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2011
At first glance I made an assumption when seeing the picture. My assumption was wrong. This is a picture that truly makes us look at ourselves.
catsonthemoon Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2011
i don't want to live on this planet anymore :(
agonized Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2011
What a horrible story!

Very touching photo indeed..
changingseasons Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2011  Student Artist
Featured here: [link] :)
acreXin Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2011
this is one of the reasons why ever since i was a kid, i have found it very hard to trust or like people, especially strangers(yes, i know that sounds extremely childish, and i am trying to get out of the habit of thinking like that, because i know that not all people are heartless, but you guys have seen right here, how it seems impossible for some people in this world to feel compassion or sympathy)
Donlvir Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Such a powerful, yet suprisingly meaningless scene, well for myself anyway when I think about it. Personally, death just isn't that much of a big deal.

The guy died, well, that's it really.

If I had died the same way he did, I wouldn't feel any resentment towards humanity (well, I'd be dead right, so I guess I wouldn't feel anything?)

It's only the living who are affected (or unaffected apparently) by death. Because I don't feel scared/afriad of death, this scene dosn't really conjure pity, if you know what I mean?

To me, it represents life and death. Upright and prone.

But I can definately understand people's reactions. Nice job.
xhylem Featured By Owner May 26, 2011
amazing !!!!!!!!!!!!!


check this out

Anoiksis Featured By Owner May 19, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Beautifull image and well... that a mirror in the face of 'modern day' society for ya..dang
SaspisiusMonster Featured By Owner May 3, 2011
Wow, how CAN people walk by and not care- or even laugh? What the hell is wrong with people? I live in NYC now and even when i see someone sleeping on the train in an unusual manner, i have to do a double take to make sure they're breathing before getting off or leaving the station. Ugh i just don't understand people who are THAT into themselves.
MEW-tiful Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2011  Professional General Artist
You amaze me
lijess Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I don't know what to say...
PirateDreamers1313 Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2011
i saw this when i was looking for pictures of humans for my science project. ive decided to put it in, though it might not go with my project, i dont care. people should know about this, and should care. Since im just in 7th grade, student who will see this photo will just say, 'What the hell is this?', or "this looks hellah stupid", maybe even laugh. they won't get it. the few who will would rather stay quiet about the truth maybe even laugh at then behind their backs. but if they knew what this picture meant, it's not funny. they are all still immature and they might see this in their own life later. it's not funny. but..that's how humanity is.
RedMenace36 Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2011
died alone and cold, hungry and naked (emotionally) I am not going to be as crass to say that now he's in a better place, maybe he isn't, maybe there is no such a place, and maybe he actually is...scowling at the worl as he sees it continue to implode, these things shouldn't happen, no tlike this
Royworx Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
this is a sad example of societies inability to be compassionate and responsible. thanks for sharing
Eevl Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2011  Professional Photographer
This is sad
Eimda Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2011
I wouldve never imagined that this could happen...
it makes me sad to see how he dies alone, and even then,
nobody notices him...

Thanks for that photo, its a masterpiece of situation.
pcstreet Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very inspiring. I'm a writer and in the process of writing a book.. do you mind if I use your story and credit you when the time comes? If not I could just mention it as something I read about in the general sense.

Either way, I remain humbled and feel more enlightened by reading what you had to say about this. Good for you.
Not-Think Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
It makes me wonder what happened....
west4me Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for not walking by. And thank you for telling the story.
VivienneSwan Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2011
I think this is captured wonderfully, and that for me its somewhat shocking after reading your description that no one cared to check if he was alright. I would have thought someone would run to see if he's alright, but I guess not. I was going to ask where this was taken even before finishing reading the description to get a better grasp of the demographics, but then I saw Philadelphia. I'm from Canada and I've never just seen a person laying on the ground unconscious without at least one person rushing up to see if everything is alright. But I know that even here there are those who would chose to turn an eye and that resulted in the death of an elderly lady who fell while shoveling her driveway and even after screaming for help and there being witnesses, no one came to her rescue. Your photo is powerful while being subtle and non-judgmental.
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