52-Weeks Of My Life

Photos by Jacqueline Fay

Week 4 – #8. Broken


I had been walking around Ybor City and decided to get off the main street and do some exploring on a side street. As I walked along, I saw a young man sitting alone on a bench reading a book in his lap. From time to time, he would glance up. When he did so, I tried as I always do with people, to assess his mood. In his case, I couldn’t figure out if he looked sad, angry or a combination of the two. Later, when I studied this photo and others I had taken of him, it struck me that his spirit seemed “broken”. And if this was the case, how did this happen? Had he been physically and/or mentally abused? Some other kind of mistreatment? Possibly a series of failed relationships? He seemed so alone and isolated, and yet at the same time unapproachable.

I don’t normally do my photography at mid-day, so the harsh and contrasty light I viewed initially as a negative. Later, however, when I uploaded this image I thought that the dramatic lighting heightened the mood of the photo.

Ybor stranger on a bench red tint 2

5 thoughts on “Week 4 – #8. Broken

  1. It is a rather harsh photo but as you said it adds to the overall feeling. I wonder what book he was reading?


  2. I like the strong shadows. He does look a bit threatening.


  3. Thanks for taking the time to comment on my photos, Trudie! I really appreciate it :-).


  4. That look is why I don’t photograph people. I don’t want the confrontation – and yet you capture it well.


  5. Well, I tried really hard to be discreet and act like I was shooting something other than him. By the time I took this shot, however, he was on to me so I had to wrap it up…


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