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playing and praying while waiting for the end of the world (titanic)

I took this picture in san sebastian of a man who stopped just for few seconds in front of a busker who was playing a double bass. he raised his arms, holding in one hand a videotape where there was the image of a saint, and with the other hand a cigarette butt. he closed his eyes, looked down for a while and then went away. I don't know exactly why, but this scene reminded me what I suppose happened on the titanic when it was sinking: people resigned to their fate, smoked, prayed and the band continued to play its concert while the titanic was sinking, the end of their world.

this picture won first prize in the 2012 sony contest, category: "storytelling"

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