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FEAR
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FEAR
FEAR
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This year I had the wonderful privilege of photographing the S.E. Pennsylvania Red Cross Annual Holiday Children's Party in Center City Philadelphia. Children that probably would have had scanty (or NO) gifts were treated to multiple shopping bags filled with both fun and need-fulfilling items, a consultation with Santa, music, dancing, contests (with prizes) and fun activities--all donated by local corporations.
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This tiny little boy had just arrived and was taking off his coat, when two of the Red Cross HUGE mascots (Fred Cross and a big furry bright red Blood Drop) strode over to give him a hug.
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The boy was terrified and burst into sobs and tears and was nearly inconsolable.
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© Michelle Alton
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  Fred Cross and the Blood Drop
Fred Cross and the Blood Drop

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...and a bewildered baby!

© Michelle Alton
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    The Red Cross Mascots

12/29/2012 4:09:11 AM

 
Jeff W. Robinson
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A powerful image Michelle - It is Outstanding!

12/29/2012 4:09:56 AM

 
R. J. Laudenbacher
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This has gold written all over it, Michelle! A fabulous capture with such deep emotion in it. I look to see this on again. Of course I had to chuckle when I read why the boy had so much fear on his face. I think I would have fear too if a huge blood drop came at me!😃

12/29/2012 5:20:56 AM

 
Jack Gaskin
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GREAT IMAGE

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12/29/2012 5:32:45 AM

 
frank w. degenhardt
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I so enjoy the raw look of the people you take pictures of. No posing, just people being people with the different characteristics. Here this child clinging to dads leg for protection, it shows on his poor little face. Love the treatment and tones, the way you composed the picture. Photo journalism at its best Michelle.

12/29/2012 5:34:09 AM

 
Kay E. Mahoney
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Nice capture. Michelle. Cute little guy.

12/29/2012 7:30:33 AM

 
Bojan Bencic
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Amazing photo and treatment, Michelle. Funny story of how you got it - his expression is really serious.

12/29/2012 8:22:16 AM

 
David Phalen
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Got to be a world rocking event for a person that size to be confronted by large, strange mascots.

You've done a remarkable job in capturing his fear. Hope he had a better time later.

12/29/2012 10:30:41 AM

 
Tiia Vissak
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a great image!

12/29/2012 10:37:20 AM

 
John Connolly
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A fantastic image beautifully presented Michelle! I love the expression! Well done!

12/29/2012 11:09:53 AM

 
Katherine Kuhn
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Great portrait and capture of the little girl's emotions, Michelle -- lovely light!

12/29/2012 12:47:54 PM

 
Carol L. Fowler
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Amazing photo- winner!

12/29/2012 12:52:38 PM

 
Jill Odice
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Wow, what a great capture and story!You nailed this one Michelle!

12/29/2012 12:58:12 PM

 
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What a WONDERFUL story telling capture, Michelle! :-) k

12/29/2012 6:15:18 PM

 
Tammy D. Ferren
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Straight into my favorites! Photography at it's best. The composition and framing is just perfect and the emotion you captured. Love it.

12/29/2012 7:28:49 PM

 
Barbara Waldoch
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Fantastic shot, Michelle!

12/29/2012 9:46:58 PM

 
Ann Coates
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You captured the moment perfectly and the story that goes with this image makes it a winner in my book.

12/29/2012 10:48:26 PM

 
Alex T. Mizuno
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It's so ironical that the charity event gave the little boy fear. Outstanding presentation in monochrome to convey the emotion so effectively. Excellent work Michelle!!

12/30/2012 12:17:43 AM

 
J Vissak
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Great portrait here!

12/30/2012 12:33:09 AM

 
Emile Abbott
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Great emotional portrait Michelle. Got behind as had to pronounce my best friend of 40 years Sunday, funeral is Friday.

1/2/2013 3:14:18 PM

 
Donna LaMattino Pagakis
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A gorgeous capture with so much emotional impact!

1/3/2013 8:02:40 AM

 
Amy Weiss
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Such a wonderfully emotive shot, Michelle. Fantastic!

1/4/2013 2:53:49 AM

 
Stephen Zacker
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Terrific story telling image

1/5/2013 8:18:51 AM

 
Peggy J. Pfister
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Wonderful evocative image, Michelle, and the mood is perfectly complemented by the black and white. Very nice!

1/5/2013 10:41:07 AM

 
Linda S. Smith
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Perfect portrait Michelle! GREAT capture of this little one!

1/5/2013 11:15:59 AM

 
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Michelle, this is outstanding in every way....fabulous portrait work!

1/14/2013 3:41:12 PM

 
Liz Bullock
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CoNgRaTuLaTiOnS!

1/23/2013 6:44:49 PM

 
Donna LaMattino Pagakis
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Congratulations!! This is so excellent Michelle!

1/23/2013 6:47:47 PM

 
Tamara K. Walker
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Magnificent capture, congratulations.

1/23/2013 6:48:01 PM

 
Bobby Ray Goodman
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Congratulations on this beautiful finalist,my friend!!!

1/23/2013 7:04:23 PM

 
JO ANN CLEVELAND
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Outstanding Michelle, congrats on your super finalist!

jo ann c.


1/23/2013 7:42:16 PM

 
Ann Coates
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So pleased to see this get the recognition it deserves. Congratulations on your superb finalist Michelle.

1/23/2013 7:54:05 PM

 
Patrick Rouzes
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INCREDIBLE work & finalist, Michelle! CONGRATS my friend!

1/23/2013 8:19:22 PM

 
Joannie M. Bertucci
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The whole story can be read in this boys eyes which you captured and presented so perfectly! I think I see gold in his eyes! Congratulations on this "fearful" finalist Michelle!

1/23/2013 8:24:12 PM

 
Rona L. Schwarz
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WOW! I missed this the first time around so I'm doubly glad to see it now, Michelle! What a powerful and emotional capture...it has Winner written all over it! Huge Congrats on this superb Finalist!

1/23/2013 8:41:36 PM

 
Linda S. Smith
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Huge Congrats Michelle on your finalist win!

1/23/2013 9:14:29 PM

 
Phyllis A. Houghton
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Congratulations on your finalist, Michelle!

1/23/2013 9:43:59 PM

 
Susan Williams
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Congratulations, Michelle. Great candid portrait!

1/23/2013 10:40:33 PM

 
Stefania Barbier
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touching finalist Michelle, congratulations!!!

1/24/2013 12:21:40 AM

 
Alex T. Mizuno
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Congratulations on your Finalist Michelle! This looks winner to me already!

1/24/2013 12:59:34 AM

 
Barbara Mason
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Congratulations on your Finalist Michelle - a beautifully composed b/w image !!!

1/24/2013 1:27:01 AM

 
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Super portrait work Michelle!! BIG congratulations to you!

1/24/2013 2:11:36 AM

 
Kirsten (Kiki) Kjaer
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A deeply touching image, Michelle. Congratulations!!

1/24/2013 2:45:28 AM

 
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Congratulations on your finalist!

1/24/2013 4:49:34 AM

 
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---------"CONGRATULATIONS"--------------
--------"GOOD LUCK IN THE NEXT ROUND"---
AWESOME SO FULL OF LIFE AND EMOTION

1/24/2013 5:03:36 AM

 
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WoW

Congratulations Mickey

This is a winner!!

1/24/2013 5:14:35 AM

 
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This is a winner in my eyes! Awesome capture! Congrtas!

1/24/2013 6:02:47 AM

 
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Fantastic. Congratulations on your finalist, Michelle!

1/24/2013 7:39:31 AM

 
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Such a terrific capture ... Congratulations!

1/24/2013 8:39:08 AM

 
Mitch Spence
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This is haunting, Michelle. The big, big sea of the world and dad's leg as anchor. Congratulations.

1/24/2013 10:35:27 AM

 
Marijana Fajgl
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Big congratulations on your fantastic finalist, Michelle!

1/24/2013 12:07:59 PM

 
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Congrats on your wonderful finalist Michelle!

1/24/2013 12:32:52 PM

 
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Hope this is a winner. Congratulations on the Finalist Michelle.

1/24/2013 12:55:14 PM

 
Terry T. Ruvalcaba
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congrats, well deserved!

1/24/2013 1:32:13 PM

 
Nancyj Hovey
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C O N G R A T U L A T I O N S
on your very deserving FINALIST! 8o)

1/24/2013 2:01:03 PM

 
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Huge congratulations on your finalist Michelle! I hope it moves onto gold for you!

1/24/2013 2:23:01 PM

 
Lydia Williams
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What a wonderful image, Michelle. Congratulations on your finalist award...yes, and hope it moves on to the gold too!

1/24/2013 2:39:15 PM

 
Connie J. Bagot
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Congratulations Michelle!

1/24/2013 4:04:18 PM

 
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So happy to see this again Michelle, congrats and good luck!

1/24/2013 4:35:46 PM

 
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Congratulation on finalist, Michelle

1/24/2013 4:47:57 PM

 
Lucille "Lucy" Abrao
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Congratulations on this finalist.
Lucy

1/24/2013 5:32:28 PM

 
Ken Smith
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Excellent work, Michelle. Congrats to you!!

1/24/2013 5:47:40 PM

 
Lana Arcemont
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Congratulations, Michelle!

1/24/2013 5:48:10 PM

 
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Awesome storytelling portrait, Michelle!
It's a masterpiece!

Congrats on your Finalist, and best wishes for the next round!
Debby

1/24/2013 5:53:41 PM

 
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You really captured the emotion, Michelle, congratulations on your beautiful finalist.

1/24/2013 6:09:50 PM

 
Robert K. Bemus
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Awesome portrait...congratulations and good luck!!!

1/24/2013 10:24:36 PM

 
Heather Loewenhardt
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Wow that little face has so much written across it. Wonderful capture! Congrats on your finalist award.

1/24/2013 11:30:44 PM

 
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Wonderful portrait, congratulations on your finalist

1/25/2013 2:46:24 PM

 
Jeffrey R. Bange
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I don't know how I ever missed this photo Michelle but best of luck on a well deserved finalist photo and good luck in the next round.

1/25/2013 9:38:59 PM

 
Bonnie C. Lackey
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Congratulations, Michelle! I can see why he was scared - at that age I would have been terrified.

1/26/2013 9:54:06 AM

 
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Huge congrats and best luck on a truly fantastic finalist!!

1/26/2013 7:50:41 PM

 
Merna L. Nobile
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Are you amazed at the vivid colors, sharpness and composition of your photographs? Well the judges are, CONGRATULATIONS you are a winner for the month of December, 2012!
Merna

1/28/2013 8:55:11 AM

 
Allen O. Howard
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A wonderful portrait!!! Congratulations Michelle!

1/28/2013 10:04:35 AM

 
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