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I wonder how can we be alone when we are surrounded by people?

Thanks for all your welcoming and encouraging words!
It's really good to feel involved with pictures again.
Made me feel a little less alone :-) Hugs to my dearest pbase friends XXX

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Victoria21-Apr-2008 19:18
Superb Vote
JSWaters16-Apr-2008 05:36
You've done a marvelous job of isolating the girl on the right from the rest of the crowd,which fosters various theories as to why she is alone. No matter the 'why' or even the 'if', this is storytelling at it's most masterful, Ai Li. Beautifully rendered.
Roe..15-Apr-2008 22:00
love this image..I think she perfers dancing to the beat of a different drum..
shatterbug13-Apr-2008 05:02
Keen observation...what a contrast of moods!
Nicki Thurgar12-Apr-2008 18:01
It's too easy to feel alone when surrounded by others... wonderful scene!
Dan Chusid12-Apr-2008 16:58
Food for thought indeed.

I think she just needs an invite to the party though
possibly she might be heading for TV and a cup of tea.
Patricia Lay-Dorsey12-Apr-2008 15:44
A wonderful slice of life! All feelings and relationships seem to be captured here. I could look at it for ages and still keep seeing more things. Brava, my street-smart friend!
Martha Albuquerque12-Apr-2008 13:14
superb street scene, dear Ai Li! I am so glad to have you back!!!! V~
J. Scott Coile11-Apr-2008 22:52
Your images capture LIFE. Super photojournalism!
Guest 11-Apr-2008 16:00
Whats in the Bag:-)
Jen Bixler11-Apr-2008 12:52
Your words really made me feel this image.
I have said before there have been times where I have been in a room full of people but have still felt alone. It usually only takes that one special person that makes us feel complete.
LoVe it.
Guest 11-Apr-2008 10:34
I keep coming back to look at this. So many stories come to my mind. Is this girl really lonely, entering a sad little apartment or has she just said good bye to her friends? An on and on.
Guest 11-Apr-2008 07:17
... I guess because loneliness stays even inside the shell of the skin. The opposition between the smiling crowd and the lonely and sad looking woman really illustrates the idea.
Your black and white is really excellent, and the composition well balanced.
Sheila11-Apr-2008 06:19
She is alone, but hopefully not lonely.
Excellent story telling shot.
Cindi Smith10-Apr-2008 23:35
Wonderful street scene. I understand your words. I've felt like that many times. But, only those close to us can remedy that feeling. The girl on the left looks timid or feels like she just maybe wants to be alone. Love the feeling in this image and the questions it asks. Well done, Al Li! I've missed you terribly!;)
Galina Stepanova10-Apr-2008 21:23
Brilliant observation, thoughful street photography.
Excellent work, Ai Li!
Guest 10-Apr-2008 20:03
Such a peacefull image Ai Li!!! Amazing posture...such beauty!!! And choosing B&W I think gave it a whole different level....Can't wait to see more of your images!!! Kisses and hugs! :)
Richard Calmes10-Apr-2008 19:29
Very interesting image! I hope there will be a LOT more!
David Grundy10-Apr-2008 16:21
True; and a nicely present illustration of the thought.
But being alone isn't necessarily bad; having the power to choose when to be alone can be wonderful. But not having the choice ... either way, not having the choice is not good.
Guest 10-Apr-2008 16:13
Ironic isn't we often feel the loneliest when we're surrounded by people.
You captured so many expressions in this photo. Each expression and gesture of the people "speak."
A brilliant capture!!
M Williamson Lebon10-Apr-2008 15:57
Excellent photo and sad and true reflection.... V
Jim Ross10-Apr-2008 15:56
Lovely b&w scene...Good work, and good to have you back... :-)
Ray :)10-Apr-2008 15:49
More and more people continue to live on their own. Quite a sad reflection of this world, isn't it?
Barbara Heide10-Apr-2008 15:39
excellent! belle scène de rue avec une ambiance retro, j'aime beaucoup! v
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