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The Face of a Thousand Tales
The Face of a Thousand Tales

Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Camera: Canon EOS-350D Rebel XT
Lens: Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 USM
Location: Oceanside, CA
Date: Sep 25, 2005
Aperture: f/5.6
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/400
Galleries: Candid, Black and White
Date Uploaded: Jun 20, 2006

Viewed: 1976
Comments: 15
Favorites: 13 (view)

Meet Walter.
Walter is a Father, a Grandfather, an American hero.

Walter is the name that seemed to fit his character, and honestly know nothing about the man. I saw him sitting on a bench, eating his lunch, and from the amount of personal effects beside him, can only assume he was homeless.
I didn't have the guts that day to aproach him, so I walked by several times, camera at chest level, and acted like I was fiddling with my camera, when I was in fact taking burst-mode candids, hoping to have captured the character I saw in his face.

I said he was a hero. I'm sure he is to someone, perhaps a Niece, a Nephew, a Grandchild, maybe even a person he rescued from a burning building, but we will never know, because I didn't have the guts that day to meet the man behind the face of a thousand tales.

Perhaps our paths will cross again one day, and that will be a day when I hope to hear of few of his memories, and meet "Walter".

On a side note, this is Kodak's POTD for June 27th, 2006

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12/03/2007 09:50:08 AM
That's a great photo, he would have probably been able to tell you an interesting story if you had talked to him...
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07/28/2007 05:40:08 AM
I know this photo is one you cherish, once in a lifetime, and one of the best you took ever. Well, I can agree with you.. this is just perfect.

He's got so much character and history on his face, I keep looking at his eyes and white beard. perfect.
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03/25/2007 10:14:31 PM
it is so very refreshing to see a street shot of a (possibly) homeless man that gives him the movie star treatment. this shot verges on miraculous.
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03/23/2007 03:58:51 PM
I really like your story “behind the face of a thousand tales”, and portrait is great, I love B&W candids and you are really good at it.

To my favorites.
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02/14/2007 01:52:43 AM
Dude!! Saw this one got POD!!! Congrats.
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09/20/2006 10:07:48 PM
It is a very good photo, but until I scrolled down and saw the half-eaten sandwich I mentally hadn't formed an opinion as to who he was. For me it was the half-eaten sandwich in his hand that made me understand this photo.
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09/12/2006 10:27:30 PM
I have read and seen this photo before Brad, and I love it. He looks so much like Dennis Hopper, it's freaky! Hey, maybe it IS Dennis Hopper!
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09/12/2006 07:40:54 PM
What an amazing photo. Saw it a while ago and couldn't figure out what really made it so eye catching for me. Then I remembered Yousuf Karsh's photo of Ernest Hemmingway.
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07/21/2006 09:12:48 AM
Jeez man, this is one great image. More so, considering how you acheived it.
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07/19/2006 09:42:29 PM
Damn good photo, and the story made it that much more poignant.
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07/09/2006 11:00:19 PM
BRAVO. Your narrative is almost more moving than the actual image. Your talent runs deep~~
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07/09/2006 10:39:37 PM
A cool story Brad and a great shot to go with it. I wish we could all just photograph people anytime just as we see them. I know I pass by at least twenty people every week wishing I could take their picture. Everyone of them has a story. Just like you and Walter, I will never get to hear it.
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07/01/2006 07:02:13 PM
Man, I'm amazing you captured this the way you shot it.
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07/01/2006 06:08:55 PM
Maybe that POTD might trigger with someone out there who has been looking for Walter. Brad...this is an amazing photograph and story. It is spoken from the heart and cannot be told any better. It tells of a fear that we all face from time to time...both from the photographer and from Walters side.

The fact that it has made POTD is for a reason. I believe there is more to come with this story. Please keep us informed.
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06/27/2006 01:11:00 PM
A classic! Love it, and the story.
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