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photoblog image A Mid-Week Break

A Mid-Week Break

 

In St. Stephen's Basilica late March, away from the cold.

(Budapest, Hungary)




A Mid-Week Break

 

In St. Stephen's Basilica late March, away from the cold.

(Budapest, Hungary)




comments (38)

  • Frances
  • United States
  • 21 Aug 2013, 00:40
Brilliant capture Ginnie! Humanity screams out in this capture. I love it!
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Frances. I was glad this huge basilica, full of tourists, was not "ashamed" to protect the poor and needy amongst us. It really was cold that day.
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 21 Aug 2013, 04:51
Absolute fabulous shot, I wonder if he is a 'regular' and hides from the cold outside.
Ginnie Hart: Bedankt, MLMA. As I told Frances, I'm glad the basilica wasn't ashamed to "protect" him, in spite of all the tourists.
Very poignant. We should all find such warmth and safety
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Elizabeth...and especially in the church. Sadly, that's not always the case!
  • Lisl
  • England
  • 21 Aug 2013, 05:52
I wonder if in some of our cathedrals he would be moved on - I am ashamed to say I think he might be, but perhaps I am too cynical
Ginnie Hart: Actually, Lisl, I don't think you're being cynical at all but are expressing the truth of many such large places, especially those open to tourists who are in and out all day. This fellow sat there the entire time we were there, for over an hour. He was not shooed away.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 21 Aug 2013, 06:14
well spotted- yes, the churches can give a warm place - and sometimes warming up our heart and souls!
Ginnie Hart: I was very glad to see he was not shooed away, Philine. It was very cold that day.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 21 Aug 2013, 06:27
Church as refuge - an old story
Ginnie Hart: An old story but not always the case in some churches these days, Chris, I'm afraid. Sad but true.
away from cold, a queit place to park oneself, why not? nice photo
Ginnie Hart: I agree, Ayush. The church needs to be doing more of this!
I hope the church did what churches are supposed to do
Ginnie Hart: Exactly, Bill!
  • Chad
  • Where latitude and attitude meet
  • 21 Aug 2013, 08:33
I like the crude way that the chairs are bolted together Ginnie. A contrast to the building itself.
Ginnie Hart: Indeed, Chad. I wonder if he chose to sit there on purpose, instead of in the pew?
  • Focales
  • United States
  • 21 Aug 2013, 08:35
It seems much more tired than the young deer that I show this morning beautiful scene of life captured at the right time
Ginnie Hart: Yes, Marie, and probably colder, too! Merci.
Sanctuary!
Ginnie Hart: Indeed, Michael. Indeed.
  • Richard T
  • Suffolk ... Where the sun rises first in England
  • 21 Aug 2013, 08:38
Open house ... and yet not many gate crashers.
Ginnie Hart: Lots of tourists...and he slept through them all!
  • Helys
  • France
  • 21 Aug 2013, 09:15
Just some rest... and Peace!
Lovely
Ginnie Hart: Yes, Helys. I wish all churches were so welcoming.
Fantastic photos, interesting observationsmile Greetings
Ginnie Hart: Many kind thanks, Zielona.
  • Mary MacADNski
  • Beautiful Prince Edward Island, Canada
  • 21 Aug 2013, 10:22
I'm glad there was a place for him to go.
Ginnie Hart: I am, too, Mary. I know of many churches that would have been locked, for one thing, or if open would not have welcomed him!
  • Ruth
  • United States
  • 21 Aug 2013, 10:27
Yes, it's good to know. I hope they let him (or her) stay as long as he needed.
Ginnie Hart: I do, too, Ruth. We were there for over an hour and he was "asleep" in the same position every time I looked. He clearly was NOT shooed away by the staff! He at least was able to get warm.
Nice shot,Ginnie...
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Frank.
  • Aussie
  • Australia
  • 21 Aug 2013, 11:27
fantastic shot. I'm glad they let him stay
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Aussie. Me, too!
  • Marcie
  • United States
  • 21 Aug 2013, 13:00
Something so very sad about this scene and image. What a gift to have found warm refuge in the church.
Ginnie Hart: The only happy thing for me, Marcie, is that he wasn't shooed away from the tourists' eyes!
I love this shot, Ginnie, and the fact that he has found a safe place to rest. A few weeks ago we visited Marie-Reine-Du-Monde Cathedral here in Montreal and saw two homeless individuals who had found shelter there. Both had all their worldly possessions gathered around them as they slept in the wooden pews.
Ginnie Hart: Wow, Beverly. That truly must have been a sight. I almost didn't take this picture, to be honest. I really felt I was invading his privacy!
  • Olivier
  • Belgium
  • 21 Aug 2013, 13:31
superb scene of life!
Ginnie Hart: Sad but true, Olivier. Thank you.
Is it OK to snore in churches? He he... wink
Ginnie Hart: Oh, yes, I'm sure, LC...especially if the preacher isn't preaching! smile
Sanctuary from the cold. As you say, not such a warm welcome everywhere.
Ginnie Hart: Exactly, John. Sad but true.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 21 Aug 2013, 14:08
Will this guy be surprised when he wakes up and find the service is long over and the rest of the congregation has left.
Ginnie Hart: Especially since this was on a Monday, Louis! grin
  • Anne
  • United Kingdom
  • 21 Aug 2013, 15:58
Great picture, it was good he was allowed to stay
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Anne, and I agree. It was very cold outside!
Quite a poignant image Ginnie. Very nicely captured.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Richard!
A fine shot seemingly telling a rather sad story.
Ginnie Hart: It's a bittersweet story, Brian. The poor we always have with us...but in this case the church seems to be paying attention!
  • Linda
  • United Kingdom
  • 21 Aug 2013, 20:20
I was always told a church is the safest place to be and will accept every person no matter what your circumstance, this picture proves it true smile
Ginnie Hart: I just wish it were always true everywhere, Linda! Thanks.
  • CherryPie
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 21 Aug 2013, 22:15
Every picture tells a story... You have captured the story well smile
Ginnie Hart: Many kind thanks, Cherry.
I see this so often here in NYC...great capture!
Ginnie Hart: I'm so glad to hear it, Robin, especially in NYC!
It is good to see that there is humanity left and they cared for him.
Ginnie Hart: Exactly, Michael!
Compassion at work here. > Well done.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Jacquelyn. We just need to see more of it!
This picture tells its own story with this so very lost looking person... It's a touching shot, well done.
Ginnie Hart: Many kind thanks, Diana.
I love this church photo. It differs from those which present churches. This presents life and human being.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Sartenada. It's very bittersweet!
  • Emma
  • France
  • 22 Aug 2013, 09:23
La sculpture des bancs est magnifique!
La personne bien affligée...

Bonne journée Ginnie
amicalement
Ginnie Hart: These old churches have so much detail, Emma...even apart from the human touch! Merci.
Such a contrast between the subject and his surroundings, very sad.
Ginnie Hart: Yes, indeed, Will!
Looks like a typical afternoon where I work!
Ginnie Hart: HA! Well, let's hope not. smile
One place where he can stay for a while.
Ginnie Hart: Yes, Wim...where it is warm!

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