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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 Thunderstatement )
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...
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