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Submitted on
July 1, 2005
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Camera Data

Canon PowerShot Pro1
Shutter Speed
1/403 second
Focal Length
51 mm
Date Taken
Mar 27, 2005, 11:48:40 AM
L-E-F 1 by UniqueNudes L-E-F 1 by UniqueNudes
(If you follow my regular line of work, please ignore this small diversion as I branch out into a new venue temporarily)

These images are for deviantART’s IdeAS 2005 Photojournalism contest, with the July-Sept theme/s being ”Liberty, Equality, Fraternity.” You may explore any or all three of the themes.
For my entries to the contest I have chosen a series of images I took on Easter Sunday at the Midnight Mission, located on Skid Row in Downtown Los Angeles. A large Easter breakfast was being served to all the homeless people, and many celebrities were on hand to help out their fellow man. I chose images containing both the famous and the homeless, to emphasize both Equality and Fraternity. I didn’t title any of the photos because it has always been my opinion that in good photojournalistic images a title tends to ‘color’ the piece, rather than let the viewer draw his or her own conclusions.

Image 1:
Mr. T. (of A-Team fame) has been a born-again Christian since the onset of cancer over 10 years ago. Although the Midnight Mission is not a religious organization, Mr. T. feels it is his Christian duty to help his fellow man. He spent the day hugging, shaking hands, signing autographs and talking to people, reminding them to ‘keep the faith.’ He had forgone his usual gold chains for the day, and instead had opted for a plain multi-colored wooden cross.
At one point during the morning I saw him standing with a young homeless man who is enrolled in the Mission’s Recovery Program, stopping what he was doing to pray with him. I was lucky enough to get the shot before the prayer was over.

Other Notes: I donated a special print of this image, entitled “A Prayer from Mr. T” that now hangs on the Mission Walls as an inspiration to its residents. (You can see the specially modified version here: [link] Selectively desaturated prints aren’t allowed in this contest, which is why I have chosen to submit this cropped version of the original instead.)
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zephyrchaser Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2007   Writer
I find it rare to see something so commonplace city-gritty in appearance but so tender in emotion. Good catch.
virag0 Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2007
cogwurx Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2006  Professional Interface Designer
Well done. Something about this is really beautiful.
RevNook Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2005
Heartfelt...very touching.
UniqueNudes Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2005  Professional Photographer
Thanks. I'm glad; this image seems to have really meant a lot to people.
RevNook Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2005
I'm an old "Mr. T" fan myself. I never knew what happened to him; he just seemed to fall out of the world for a while. I think that anyone who watched the "A-Team" and the the Mr. T cartoon has been impacted by him.
UniqueNudes Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2005  Professional Photographer
Yeah, he was a big icon from my childhood, and it was really neat getting to spend the day with him and interacting with him on a human level. More amazing, though, was the way he interacted with everyone else; specifically the homeless people. He really seemed to give them the faith that things could/would get better for them.
2ecneuqeS Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2005
I pity the fool..........:slow:
surrealist-geek Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2005
Wow - really beautiful photo. :clap:

I finally check out your work, and the first piece I see is of males wearing clothes - what are the odds...?
UniqueNudes Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2005  Professional Photographer
Pretty slim, actually. ;)
But I really wanted to try my hand at photojournalisim...
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