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American Portraits: No. 13 by Nullermanden American Portraits: No. 13 by Nullermanden
April 11th, 2007
Boston, Massachusetts

'Patrick'


"I didn't do it! I have an alibi!!!"

Those were the first words that met me when I asked this homeless guy, wandering around a park in Boston, if he had a second to spare. He then turned around, twitched for a second, and looked back at me - and I laughed and told him that I only wanted a photo of him. Earlier, I had walked past him when he was rattling a cup with change - and that's when he got my attention; out of the blue, and aimed at no one in particular, he said loudly: "Somebody call an ambulance... I'm gonna get beat up tonight...". Later, when I walked past him again, I was too intrigued to not stop and ask him for a portrait.

He never told me the reason to the exclamation earlier, but he did tell me, that the reason he ended up on the street, was because he once got robbed in an alley, where he got his face crushed by a metal pipe. Apparently, the blow had slightly damaged his brain too, and because of that, he somehow ended up walking the bostonian streets.

You're probably thinking 'that doesn't really make any sense' - and honestly, I couldn't agree more - but that was all he told me before he suddenly had to go - and I wished him good luck with his night.


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:iconmissmephistopheles:
MissMephistopheles Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
definetly great artwork
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:icongennett:
Gennett Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2009
*loves her fellow insane people*
Sounds like an interesting feller. :P
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:iconnullermanden:
Nullermanden Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2009
Oh, they all are :giggle:
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:icongennett:
Gennett Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2009
All people are oddballs. :P
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:iconmadyk:
Madyk Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2009
HE'S AMAZING!!!
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:iconcottonball:
cottonball Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2008
Interesting story. Charming smile.
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RavenBlakh Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2007  Student Photographer
You've created an amazing series here--not only are the photographs wonderful, but hearing the stories of the people who the faces belong to is also very interesting.

He seems to have a face that draws you in, if that makes sense? As if you want to know more.

Wonderful photo :heart:
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Moritana Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2007
It would actually make sense, because the social security system sucks in the US, so if he wasn't able to work, he might not have enough money to live if differently.
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theoceanrisesagain Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2007
I like this one too..Good work
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KimmySunny Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2007
So expressive! It is really special portrait... I really like.
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