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August 1, 2010
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Jul 25, 2010, 5:14:40 PM
Phreke in Akron by coffeenoir Phreke in Akron by coffeenoir
A homeless persons bedroom, found under a bridge near downtown Akron. They have done their best to make this a comfortable place to spend their nights.

For :icongimmefeedback:

I was wondering if this shot captured the saddness, and the need for us all to have a place to call home?

see this same place in winter
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Babou-Shka Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2013
Very nice and touching photo. You can feel the loneliness and that need to feel like home very well.
coffeenoir Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for looking and for the comments, it was really something to find that place. 
Babou-Shka Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2013
You're welcome :)
Bozack Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2011
Wow, that's really sad - you captured it great! I especially think the leafed branch left there, perhaps to make it more homely, is a little sad - when one has to do stuff like that to get ones sleeping place a little more homely, it's just sad.

This was for #GimmeFeedback :)
coffeenoir Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
It was very sad, yet somehow it showed the human spirit has this need to survuve and to make a space for it's own. We personalize our environment.
RadVisual Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2011
hehe nice place reminds me jesus of suburbia music video (i dont know why ;P )
coffeenoir Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Interesting, it has been a while since I saw that video, I will have to look it up! Thanks fhough, I am taking that as a comliment! :D
xlntwtch Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2011   Writer

A photo like this one tells quite a long story in just one shot.
I know writers would call a story written about it a "one shot."
You captured the colors of the graffiti-type 'stake-out' name on the wall above the old couch, a quasi bed (a fold-out couch) perfectly. The blues, whites and reds go very well together, and the general decay of the location is even more poignant with that dead branch over the bed.
Perhaps the branch was once used as shade for a resting homeless person in that area. I'm so taken with this photo (even the floral patterns on the cast away couch) I think about it a lot, and consider writing a short piece about "Phreke," a person who uses good art to make a claim on a 'room with a view' to live in.

Then of course there's the second, winter photo of the same area, with everything burned away. It's poignancy reaches like an arrow in the heart then, to see that. Who burned it? Why? Another amazing photo by *coffeenoir ... :+fav: Thank you.
coffeenoir Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much for the comments. I find I often think of this location, and wonder what or who resided here. Not lomg ago there was an article in the Akron paper about the number of homeless and "couch surfers". I guess that among the known homeless here are a former physician and banker among others.

I would feel it to be an honor if you were to use this setting to write a story.

I appreciate your support and kind words. :hug:
xlntwtch Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2011   Writer
If I don't "Phreke" out about health problems, I probably will.
I'm definitely interested.
I appreciate your photography.
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