running out of time
young homeless man
san francisco
may, 2006

homeless brian from atlanta; people call him "freelove." brian has been on the street since '98. as a child he lived mostly with his mother; and moved from state to state quite frequently.

brian believes that the soul is not part of the body; rather that the body is part of the soul. he believes that his larger soul is extremely fragmented and possesses many incarnations; some simultaneous. he has memories from his other souls and his other bodies. he sometimes refers to them as ghosts; sometimes as dreams.

he describes memories as a child of how his ghosts were used for physical acts by various family members and how his soul was sold to strangers.

he describes how at 16 he was being used by a woman he didn't know. or it was a dream. or it was his ghost. but then he knew her and it was his mother. and she told him he was committing a sin and how could he be so sinful. and she tried to "crush" him as she tried to make him repent his sin.

he believes that people you know can be connected to your seven chakras and thus be a part of you. his "root" chakra is a chinese girl he knew in '95 named ann. he met her in sacramento when he was living with his mother. he thought she was a gift and he didn't know how he had gotten so lucky. ann was there visiting a friend or such. she worked in a dotcom in sunnyvale.

some time later, he went after her to sunnyvale to try and find her. he found her, but she would only see him in secret once a week and would make him call her daily in case she wanted to see him the following day. he was confused by her behavior and missed a day. he never saw her again. he felt her loss like a blow to the "solar plexus" and thus associates her with his "root" chakra. she is the love of his life.

he says people are bad to him and people use him. he says, about 2 years back, his mother surgically removed his heart and sold it; and had him committed to a mental institution. he says his heart was his hero and he can no longer be a hero without that heart. but he says he had a spare "less modern" heart as a backup.

he says things keep getting worse for him. he says he sold his soul to the devil so as to stop his slide. he says he's given himself to evil so that when others do evil to him, it can be no worse. he doesn't believe in actually doing evil to others, however. he says he visits hell frequently. he says that satan is his mistress; but that he's trying to reform "her" so that there will be no more evil in the world.

but he's not sure he can. and he feels he's gone too far. he says he needs help soon. he hopes that someone will give him a way out. but he doesn't believe there's much time. he says soon he won't be able to turn back. but for now, there's still time.


Kenny Muir says: He looks like he has had a good drink! Good capture 123 -- 09:39AM, May 17, 2006.
TobiTobi ( now says: Incrdible eyes! Great capture!, good story -- 09:43AM, May 17, 2006.
dariuszka says: fantastic portrait. his face and story is beautiful...stunning! -- 09:46AM, May 17, 2006.
slamehi says: What an immagination... Amazing portrait! -- 09:46AM, May 17, 2006.
princess_sorrow_gerona says: Increible mirada, que lindos ojos. Como siempre una foto fantástica. -- 09:48AM, May 17, 2006.
retired1234 says: It's not imagination, it's his real world. Thanks, stoneth, as always. -- 09:52AM, May 17, 2006.
vakas says: i loved the portrait without reading the description.. and its just a lovely description, befitting the capture.. great work stoneth.. -- 09:58AM, May 17, 2006.
SophieMuc says: oh those eyes... what a touching story! wow! -- 10:01AM, May 17, 2006.
CantikFotos says: Excellent portrait. Really high quality work here. -- 10:06AM, May 17, 2006.
Hugh_C says: powerful image. -- 10:08AM, May 17, 2006.
Robert Voors says: Sorry I did not read the whole story. But the image is wonderful. 1-2-3 -- 10:10AM, May 17, 2006.
hyperbolesque says: Beautiful silvery cast (1-2-3) -- 10:20AM, May 17, 2006.
brian sutton says: emotive and powerful portrait (123) -- 10:32AM, May 17, 2006.
tickled_pink says: incredible story -- 10:33AM, May 17, 2006.
moonlighting says: Stoneh, this portrait is very strong, like a fist in the stomach.... Brian eyes are so innocents and his touching story... and then, he remember me a good friend of mine that have the same look... Love it... (sorry for my english, I know isn't very good) -- 10:35AM, May 17, 2006.
Djuliet says: deeply moving -- 10:42AM, May 17, 2006.
paracuda (adios, flickr!) says: The image, the story ... just great and powerfull. -- 10:46AM, May 17, 2006.
Arandjel says: I have to aree with the previous commentator on how prefectly the two (photo and story) complement each other. -- 10:54AM, May 17, 2006.
Paradise Regained says: Another stunning portrait. The story is harrowing. How can people treat kids like that? Your work, as usual, is a wake-up call for us all. -- 11:14AM, May 17, 2006.
Hudlu says: Fantastic! -- 11:17AM, May 17, 2006.
teenage jesus says: I know it's quite prosaic, but I have to say it: "poor little Brian freelove!". what did they do to 'crush' him to this conditions? -- 11:27AM, May 17, 2006.
Bender76 says: uff great portrait incredible eyes -- 11:29AM, May 17, 2006.
original_ann says: This is a devastating story - and thanks stoneth for taking such time in telling it for him - Truly. I can only hope that through you... through someone... he's saved from this spiral that started from his childhood horrors. Someone needs to go find his precious heart and buy it back for him... (I'm even ashamed that I'm saying "someone" - - I feel so helpless). -- 11:45AM, May 17, 2006.
Ben° says: look like a saints... -- 12:00PM, May 17, 2006.
AustinTX says: Amazing. -- 12:07PM, May 17, 2006.
Carolyn Wilkinson says: I believe he may reach the enlightenment he seeks in his soul as he is wise in his lessons. He is beautiful. -- 12:08PM, May 17, 2006.
J. Chris Vaughan says: Paradise Regained, Be careful about taking anything he says literally. While he may have been abused, it is impossible to tell if any of his story is based in reality. Surely you don't believe his mother removed his heart and sold it as well. He's mentally ill. I've been close to someone with schizophrenia, and it took a long time for me to realize that almost all of the incredible stories they told were just not true. Brian is tragic, and he breaks my heart, just as all of Stoneth's portraits do. In each of them, I see my mentally ill loved one, and then little pieces of myself; knowing just how lucky I am that my reality jives with the truth enough to let me function in normal society. -- 12:12PM, May 17, 2006.
bodofotoz says: Very sad. A perfect example of just how torn a precious life can get starting at the very crux...... parenting. Beautiful portrait. Moving story. Uputalotofworkintothis! Thankyou. -- 12:14PM, May 17, 2006.
Nekominn says: extremely touching -- 12:23PM, May 17, 2006.
bennyjewell says: hey buddy i just hooked up with 123 and saw your image and had to write my first comment to you this new one .. its really intense that guys story ... -- 12:28PM, May 17, 2006.
iamnona says: wow, unbelievable~ he reads like a poet~ i hope that he finds time, or that time finds him~ -- 01:04PM, May 17, 2006.
WomanChild says: Stole my breath - both photo and words. -- 01:11PM, May 17, 2006.
Kris Kros says: Great. -- 01:16PM, May 17, 2006.
pallamaio says: speachless... -- 01:20PM, May 17, 2006.
ॐ Anyta Madrazo says: u have magic -- 01:25PM, May 17, 2006.
W.i.l.l.i.e. says: This story breaks my heart. He maybe mentally ill but, despite that, his story is really tragic. Hope Brian find peace. -- 01:29PM, May 17, 2006.
I Shutter says: Very moving image and story... Great shot.. -- 01:38PM, May 17, 2006.
johnengler says: amazing story. -- 01:40PM, May 17, 2006.
alandot says: his soul is still there... can see it in his eyes.. great capture -- 01:47PM, May 17, 2006.
laurel_lee says: grumpy chris, you hit the nail right on the head. it's sad that a large portion of the homeless population is mentally ill. you can imagine their potential had they been dealt a different stack of cards. the photos continue to amaze and deeply touch me. thank you for giving them names and sharing their stories. no one else would take the time - not just to look them in the eye, but into their souls. -- 01:48PM, May 17, 2006.
ed rawady says: great portrait; poignant story... -- 02:16PM, May 17, 2006.
Supervixen. says: Wow. Perfect. -- 02:31PM, May 17, 2006.
harpm1 says: OK this is really striking!! What process was used to get this image? It reminds me of an old daguerreotype. -- 02:40PM, May 17, 2006.
Mc Shutter says: A masterpiece, as usual! (Both the photo and the verbiage.) We are so blessed to have you here. -- 02:57PM, May 17, 2006.
sydneyamw says: I was in love with a man who, in the end, succumbed to drugs and alcohol. It was sad and gut-wrenchingly painful to watch the transformation from productive man to homeless person. He also had 'stories'.... truths like Freelove. I believe that people like these have access to a different place than us 'regular' folk. That they have been given a gift of sensitivity to things that I do not have. And that gift is painful. Most people call them crazy or liars. I think they are teachers. -- 03:32PM, May 17, 2006.
Ghoolygirl says: So sad : ( But but beautiful. -- 03:55PM, May 17, 2006.
Primo Tacca Neto says: Wonderful expression. -- 04:09PM, May 17, 2006.
soleá says: ~i am totally moved by this foto! what a great job you did!! -- 04:28PM, May 17, 2006.
AnomalousNYC says: fascinating portrait -- 04:41PM, May 17, 2006.
-= Hobo =- says: Fabulous! -- 05:12PM, May 17, 2006.
patxi says: amazing protrait -- 05:22PM, May 17, 2006.
Name_Taken says: the photo and the story are absolutely amazing! excellent job! -- 05:33PM, May 17, 2006.
skergjhusbdkgfuhsbdflkgj says: .... wonderful shot !!! (touching story ...) ------------------------------------------------- !!! THE FACE !!! Please add this exceptional image to: ------------------------------------------------- -- 05:47PM, May 17, 2006.
cybermanikan says: Such an amazing revelation you provide with the story and photo. Thank you. It reminds me of when I worked in Mental Health for a stint. So many sad and confused stories. So many people put into institutions only to be "voted out" within 4 years by unaware voters and an aloof State congress. Tragedy has its beauty because there is so much dark poetry in people's lives. I try to never forget that such works of art are often purchased with such pain... -- 06:05PM, May 17, 2006.
W.i.l.l.i.e. says: sydneyamw i believe you hit the point here. " ...That they have been given a gift of sensitivity to things that I do not have. And that gift is painful. Most people call them crazy or liars. I think they are teachers." Thank you for sharing with us your story. -- 06:10PM, May 17, 2006.
m_l_monschein says: perfect shot!!! I feel like loosing myself in his eyes... -- 06:37PM, May 17, 2006.
Ignacio LPM says: Thanks for another stunning image and story. -- 06:37PM, May 17, 2006.
m11ka* says: again - thanks for taking the time to get the stories with the pictures. really great. -- 06:44PM, May 17, 2006.
* Ahmad Kavousian * says: Great shot -- 07:37PM, May 17, 2006.
Memo Vasquez says: Amazing portrait! -- 07:50PM, May 17, 2006.
_Hans van de Vorst says: Quite a story. His eyes are peacefull and he's got a gentle face. I think you shot his soul. Impressive... -- 07:57PM, May 17, 2006.
niklens says: a great portrait......!!!! -- 07:57PM, May 17, 2006.
martellobrasile says: seems jesus!!! great shot!!!!! -- 08:17PM, May 17, 2006.
. Az says: what a story and what a shot. -- 08:25PM, May 17, 2006.
PAX - nl says: wonderful portrait! someone said above that he looks like a saint and that's true! the peace in his eyes is a treasure that you brought up. thank you! -- 09:49PM, May 17, 2006.
Mariposa Indigo says: wonderful shot !!! -- 11:14PM, May 17, 2006.
AArchibald says: What tragic eyes...may he find peace... -- 11:36PM, May 17, 2006.
Stu Worrall Photography says: such a sad story but such a perfect portrait. faved well done on the front page explore by the way ;-) -- 11:41PM, May 17, 2006.
Rodrigo Adonis Photographer says: very interesting story & portrait, i like his deep look. -- 12:12AM, May 18, 2006.
CatDancing says: All these faces are so beautiful in your portraits. They come to life with the stories. Thank you for sharing these. -- 12:45AM, May 18, 2006.
Global Reactions says: It's amazing what a hardlife can do, how it shows in the face. I find it fascinating that you can begin to see the lines in his skin of a hard and torturous physical and mental life. but his expression is still so youthful and bright...I don't think he's lost the fight yet. -- 12:56AM, May 18, 2006.
J_B - Johnny B says: That is deep bro, ...nice shot -- 01:03AM, May 18, 2006.
carf says: The child in him stopped growing a long time ago.... To break out of this tragic cycle that he is caught up in, he will need someone with a lot of patience, care and loving. A grand investment that very few are willing to make because the price is an extremely high one...., but so are the rewards. This is a most memorable portrait and one that I will need to come back to many times to reflect upon. Thanks! Gregory - The Hummingbird Project (Projeto Beija-Flor) -- 03:09AM, May 18, 2006.
GrandmaSondra says: To look into his eyes is to see his soul. Empty and needing to search for life above the clouds. -- 03:10AM, May 18, 2006.
Amythia says: I find so much beauty in his eyes. I enjoy your photos so much. -- 03:46AM, May 18, 2006.
sunburnsideup says: Fantastic detail--this portrait looks like it wants to break through the black-and-white barrier and bleed all kinds of vivid colors. I love it. -- 04:27AM, May 18, 2006.
OVNIto says: incredible!! -- 04:30AM, May 18, 2006.
Michele AKA zimza says: life is so precious! thank you for speaking for the socially mute. your work is amazing. -- 04:42AM, May 18, 2006.
Memaxmarz says: Your text is an extension of his soul, excellent capture and excellent text. I love this one Stoneth. -- 04:57AM, May 18, 2006.
jinxmcc says: The photo is beautiful, and your recounting of Brian's story, the jumble of spirituality and poetry, poetic or emotional truth, pain and seeking... very moving. We need to keep being reminded of what we share. We can't "fix" him, but people can do much to meet needs of those who are lost. Some would find their footing, some would not. It seems that in disappointment over those who don't get better, our resentment makes us unwilling to do what we could do. Stoneth, your eloquence of words and photos is a gift. -- 06:18AM, May 18, 2006.
seanwm says: Those eyes, captivating to say the least! -- 06:18AM, May 18, 2006.
ajschroetlin says: Powerful image and story. Thanks for sharing. -- 06:52AM, May 18, 2006.
lindes says: A beautiful image of a beautiful face and person. I thought so from the first time I saw this come up on explore... yet I didn't click. And I saw it again, a number of times, and I didn't click. And now, at last, I clicked. And then I saw the story... I'm left speachless, beyond this detached description of my reaction, and perhaps a simple "wow". I share some of the opinions above as well, most notably just to say thank you for sharing -- the image, and more so, the story that goes with it. If there _is_ something we can collectively do, won't you let us know what that might be? Perhaps, collectively, each of us could give a little, and folks like Freelove here could get a lot. I'd be open to giving a little to such a cause... -- 07:31AM, May 18, 2006.
Tous les noms sont déjà pris... pfff... says: Mystical... -- 08:43AM, May 18, 2006.
LucaPicciau says: Excellent portrait, very well done! -- 09:24AM, May 18, 2006.
Nicola Del Mutolo says: M a r ve l o u s!!! -- 10:12AM, May 18, 2006.
moucho_negro says: genial -- 10:25AM, May 18, 2006.
Ctd 2005 says: What eyes, a sad story, great portrait & a great write . exceptional. -- 01:04PM, May 18, 2006.
lawatha says: Stirring. Congratulations! This image is currently one of Flickr's most interesting photos for 17 May 2006. (It is on page one of the calendar view.) Would you please add it to the Interestingness pool? It would be a great addition! -- 02:09PM, May 18, 2006.
Harpersbizarre says: I look into his eyes and see the eyes of God looking back at me. He looks so much like Christ. -- 02:40PM, May 18, 2006.
akaiam says: another stunning shot. his theories and life remind me of so many broken people i've met in New Paltz, N.Y., which like San Fransciso, is a magnet for troubled souls. unfortunately, no one else can fix a person. -- 03:54PM, May 18, 2006.
anandajoy says: Very touching, and I may add, there are many, many middle class or wealthy people that have the same belief system as this young man. He looks like he is searching, very haunting story. -- 03:56PM, May 18, 2006.
StanD70 says: a picture may be worth more than a thousand words, but the words you wrote are worth as much as the picture. -- 04:36PM, May 18, 2006.
Alan Spring  says: excellent portrait -- 05:02PM, May 18, 2006.
olivelife says: You have such a way of capturing the true essence of the human quality. Well done. -- 05:33PM, May 18, 2006.
Valerie Malta Photography says: Your portraits and stories give us glimpse into the subject's soul. Stunning.... -- 05:52PM, May 18, 2006.
mattsonster says: nice lively portrait. very unusual description! -- 06:07PM, May 18, 2006.
RubenMalayan says: couldnt be better. perfect. -- 07:26PM, May 18, 2006.
Ray Renati Photography says: He looks innocent. -- 07:47PM, May 18, 2006.
Milena T. says: your work is so intense so moving, so perfect. Amazing artist! -- 08:06PM, May 18, 2006.
mooseonthemove says: what an amazing portrait! -- 09:18PM, May 18, 2006.
china * doll says: & you wouldnt think twice about giving these people a quater beautiful story you can see his great features underneath -- 11:02PM, May 18, 2006.
critical thought says: the photo and the story are both incredible... wow. -- 11:14PM, May 18, 2006.
m0xie says: i hope brian gets his real heart back, and finds ann. -- 12:07AM, May 19, 2006.
Debbie C.B.'s says: poor baby sad he looks saintly and mentally ill I reconize that "look" people shouldnt romantize about it its very tragic people like this suffer so much drugs and drinking only amp it up -- 12:41AM, May 19, 2006.
Filipe2457 says: Fantastic, thanks for the tale. -- 02:03AM, May 19, 2006.
Carrie Taylor says: WOW... Sounds like he had a horrible childhood and he dealt with it the only way his mind could. So sad. Your work is inspiring Stoneth...Thanks for sharing it. -- 03:08AM, May 19, 2006.
ladyloneranger says: My compliments and admiration for your work. -- 05:27AM, May 19, 2006.
Equus Bipes says: This capture is overwhelming. I aspire to take pictures of this quality. Thank you for sharing this with us. -- 06:52AM, May 19, 2006.
Djuliet says: he could be the cover picture of your book... -- 07:11AM, May 19, 2006.
ideaprison says: powerful, great portrait. -- 09:08AM, May 19, 2006.
zeleno says: Eyes are doors of our soul. Great! My faved -- 12:52PM, May 19, 2006.
alonsodr says: Perfect! -- 02:22PM, May 19, 2006.
dogndub says: fantasic shot what a face -- 02:38PM, May 19, 2006.
mbauhs says: really nice to get the story along with the photo. sad stuff... -- 02:48PM, May 19, 2006.
Natman says: Wow - one of the most amazing pictures I've seen on Flickr in a long time. Really haunting. -- 04:36PM, May 19, 2006.
Amelia PS says: heart breaking, what a sad story. your photo is incredible. -- 04:37PM, May 19, 2006.
photomorti says: just amazing , WHAT A STORY !!! -- 06:44PM, May 19, 2006.
Lara Alegre says: Awesome! -- 08:42PM, May 19, 2006.
J Diggity says: AMAZING story. His eyes are ...full... of something. -- 01:00AM, May 20, 2006.
beccalh says: I also believe the young man is schitzophrenic. My first husband was a fantastic artist, photographer, name it. He was also schitzophrenic and in the end committed suicide. I agree with Debbie CB NYC - people should not romanticize mental illness. It is tragic for the person and for all those who love them. Sometimes they allow themselves to be helped and sometimes they don't. I hope someone can help him, but I am afraid he will listen to the stories in his mind and not accept it. -- 02:18AM, May 20, 2006.
dlemieux says: such intensity. there is so much in his eyes... -- 05:18AM, May 20, 2006.
dotblend says: Verdict yes from the fliqrgroup amazing shot, WOW, great story , you shoud not forget he is also human, and also no matter what is history is he also need a shoulder to cry on, and some loving words. -- 08:09AM, May 20, 2006.
stumbleine says: amazing eyes, this picture conveys so many emotions >_< which become even more when you read the story... -- 09:33PM, May 20, 2006.
sergeant killjoy says: Wow- very powerful picture. Thank you for providing the story behind his eyes, as well! -- 11:27PM, May 20, 2006.
GaryBrownePhotography says: Once again you blow us all away with your extraordinary ability to look beyond the surface,capture it and show us real humanity-well done.....again -- 12:36PM, May 22, 2006.
Anas Bukhash (nascity) says: Interesting story...and just by itself a WONDERFUL portrait... -- 04:31PM, May 22, 2006.
hagenbecks zebras says: first time coming to flickr . . . . . .and it won`t be the last. thank you and greetings from hamburg, germany. -- 07:37PM, May 22, 2006.
YnR says: He's high but then in all this it makes sense. thanks again. -- 01:24AM, May 23, 2006.
wordspix says: heartbreaking -- 06:10PM, May 23, 2006.
Photo Mery says: Wow... powerful shot and even more powerful story... amazing, Stoneth. -- 12:09PM, May 24, 2006.
rici0322 says: The picture is intense. Thank you for taking the time to get to know Brian and sharing his story with us. -- 02:27PM, May 24, 2006.
Hel Des says: Amazing picture, person and story it is so hard to believe the story behind the face..............he is so beautiful! So sweet and look so inocent ............How could life be so hard? -- 07:24PM, May 24, 2006.
epic steve says: stunning! (like all of your photos!!!) -- 07:43PM, May 24, 2006.
bryanstupar says: yea, a stunning shot. thanks for the info about his life.... -- 01:44PM, May 25, 2006.
Leucippus says: Makes me think about what he could have become under different circumstances :/ His eyes are so great! Thank you so much for your amazing photos, stoneth. -- 10:02PM, May 25, 2006.
RainAtDawn says: Amazing story, amazing portrait. His eyes are piercing, he reminds me of somebody but I don't know whom -- 03:48PM, May 26, 2006.
jocelynsart says: this is a wonderful portrait. -- 12:53PM, May 27, 2006.
Four Doxn says: The eyes appear to be the common link in your photos. You capture their soul....I'm blown away and a little frightened to enter without being invited. My pic's are so trivial in comparison...please don't look. -- 07:16AM, May 28, 2006.
fotoattack says: incredible. -- 12:10AM, May 29, 2006.
Deadhead Daisy says: I am speechless.... but his eyes tell everything.... -- 07:10AM, May 31, 2006.
calievis says: perfect almost beyond comprehension -- 03:40PM, May 31, 2006.
Magall* says: You have beautiful portraits. -- 11:00PM, May 31, 2006.
andiclix says: i think you should take some time out and refer this guy to a doctor before he jumps of a cliff Great Shot! -- 01:24AM, June 03, 2006.
akameus ( Randy Kosek ) says: What more can an artist do, than to tell the tale of another so beautifully ? -- 04:14AM, June 04, 2006.
Perched says: wow. -- 12:39AM, June 05, 2006.
redhotjezebel says: i'm not certain whether or not to fear this man or love him. -- 01:16AM, June 06, 2006.
3rd foundation says: OK, I'll throw my comment on top of the giant pile. I've seen this shot several times. I'm not sure why I didn't comment on it before or fav it. It is a spectacular portrait. All of your work is very thought provoking. -- 01:37AM, June 06, 2006.
ooneyanne says: What a hauntingly handsome face- only enhanced by his wild and mysterious beliefs. redhotjezebel...LOVE him. God does. People like this need to be embraced, and we need to believe that God wants them in his kingdom more than we want them to get there. -- 02:59AM, June 11, 2006.
vanjah says: archetype,universal prototype, very powerful for a large chunk of our planet. -- 07:01PM, June 12, 2006.
Musa disoccupata says: his eyes ere speaking.. all of your photos are hurting and hood taken.. thank for add me... bye -- 07:05PM, June 12, 2006.
Aerial² says: Speechless ... You just lead me speechless ... A² -- 04:08AM, June 16, 2006.
roseofmay says: i think he's more normal and grounded than most of us. beautiful commentary and photo. xox -- 01:48PM, June 17, 2006.
exhibitj says: Amazing story and even more amazing work on your part. -- 04:52PM, June 20, 2006.
fahrlaessig says: wow his eyes are awesome!!! nice shot!!! -- 06:52PM, June 20, 2006.
bow99 says: This is amazing. it has such feeling. you manage to capture life in peoples eyes but this mans eyes are my favourite -- 08:09PM, June 21, 2006.
J.V. Alves says: p-e-r-f-e-c-t! cheers! -- 11:22PM, June 22, 2006.
Lapsklaus says: Being a true fan of your photos, browsing in on your photostream almost daily, I have never been so moved as by this photo. And it's not just the photo ofcourse, it's the story, the way you tell it, with love and humbleness. By portraying others you also reveal yourself, and even a part of all of us viewers. I'm in total awe. Thanks so much. And thank you, Brian. -- 02:47AM, June 24, 2006.
Ana María Villanueva O. says: he looks like a new jesus.... something weird see you bye -- 07:57PM, June 26, 2006.
Monachromatic says: It's true that eyes are the mirror of the soul. when I saw that picture I thought about Jesuschrist's films on TV in Easter. -- 10:01PM, June 26, 2006.
alivale says: your portraits are amazing, and I love the fact that you also tell their stories. -- 02:17PM, June 29, 2006.
RainAtDawn says: Just came back to tell you I added this to my splurge. I hope you like it, and don't mind your pic being in there! -- 10:53AM, July 01, 2006.
sphnx~ says: :) -- 09:43PM, July 04, 2006.
deborah d. lattimore says: this boy and my son have the same eyes your work moves me beyond words -- 03:48AM, July 08, 2006.
R Silver says: really good -- 09:17AM, July 11, 2006.
si3illa says: My god... -- 08:41PM, July 11, 2006.
The Grand Duchess says: terrifyingly beautiful and hauntingly sad. You have an amazing ability to capture some incredible portraits of the bewildered in our world....both in pictures and words. -- 11:00PM, July 16, 2006.
gardinergirl says: Intense face & story. Thanks for sharing. -- 07:50PM, July 20, 2006.
Mama & Baby Maddog says: It kills me that people are so horrible to others -- 10:37PM, July 20, 2006.
Serjirao says: If this young men could have as much supports and attention in his real life than he gets here with these comments... We'll be all friends.... -- 04:15PM, July 21, 2006.
lost4words says: Incredible. A constant high-water mark on Flickr. I want to be you and that's not easy for me to say -- 06:50PM, July 26, 2006.
Monica Semergiu Photography says: words and life stories aside, I love your portraits. The way you get in so close to their personal space is what makes them so good. They remind me a lot of Avedon's portraits. Same kind of warmth, intimacy and keen interest in human nature. Congratulations! Amazing series you've got here! -- 07:55AM, August 04, 2006.
deVos says: Holy smack, haven't seen eyes like that for a while. Almost feels like the male version of the famous Afghan girl picture. -- 12:04PM, August 04, 2006.
Marte S says: Wow, this is amazing! And what a story. . . I love these pictures and how they all tell a story of the hard lives of these people -- 08:20PM, August 05, 2006.
casbahdude says: photo and story are painful. photo alone is stunning. sf is the last point before the endless water... -- 08:49AM, August 10, 2006.
Daniel Gonzalez Muniz says: Makes you want to help.... beautiful picture and thanks for the history sharing -- 04:35AM, August 15, 2006.
BlueLù says: Great...I'm happy to have found you... -- 08:54PM, August 17, 2006.
prwhitehead says: lost for words. the photo is incredible. the story is beutifully told. i am now going throu all of my photos and deleting everyone that is not up to this standard because anything below this is worthless. you have set the benchmark. and again rocked me to slience. fuck. -- 09:04AM, August 29, 2006.
Michel ! says: I blogged your photograph, thanks for sharing, MB. -- 11:31PM, September 02, 2006.
little_stitcher says: This could be any of us! Mental illness is often caused by such things! I hope he can be helped. It worked for me. LOve them all -- 09:34PM, September 03, 2006.
jessie~ "global non-compliance" says: he is beautiful and i love your writing:) -- 04:33PM, September 05, 2006.
DA-GNOME says: Your protraits are truly beautiful... it's so horrifing to me how we (any of us) can fall and there is so much emptiness and hardship. haunting, -- 09:01PM, September 15, 2006.
karen k. says: moving. but this in itself is talk of an old soul, "he says he visits hell frequently. he says that satan is his mistress; but that he's trying to reform "her" so that there will be no more evil in the world." -- 03:34AM, September 17, 2006.
JakeCampbell says: you commentary is elegant and superbe the young man, like many many i knew in my days on the street or in institutions that were doorways off and onto the street, is a friend of us all in a way, the anonymous man who explores the possibilities of spirituality while we eat too much and forget we ever were hungry for a spirit who was sweet to enter our hell for a while... -- 07:33PM, September 22, 2006.
FlyinSnow says: your storys are amazing. im so damn glad i found your page... -- 07:19PM, October 03, 2006.
kidoki says: interesting story and beautiful portrait -- 01:40PM, October 08, 2006.
Kit Vicious says: that is so incredable. -- 10:25PM, October 23, 2006.
Andreas Barsleth says: I believe him. -- 11:02AM, October 27, 2006.
alajillo says: Just saw this one tonight at Triptych in SF...definitely agree that it looks like Christ...if Murillo were alive today and taking photos, he'd be Tom Stone...amazing series! -- 04:03AM, October 29, 2006.
*Erickcito says: Amazing story -- 11:09PM, November 01, 2006.
StormyinGA says: Looking at the face, reading the story, and then the comments, something struck me. Someone said most of the homeless are mentally ill. I believe so too, but how did they get that way? Were they mentally ill before becoming homeless? I have known homeless people and when offered a home, they went through the motions of becoming what we call civil, but at least one admitted to me that given a choice he would much rather be homeless. No ties. No bills. I do often wonder of these folks, and what would happen to them if real help were offered. Would their mental issues heal? Would their lives be worth living again? Would they find happiness and love, and acceptance? -- 04:20PM, November 13, 2006.
jamretsam324 says: Hi, Tom, I went through nearly all your homless. All of them are exeptional and masterful portraits. But this one is my fav, because this young man is maybe mentally ill, but looks like to be happy. He is Messiah and has sorrow and hope in his eyes. It is very expressive and at the same time not depressive (like your others) portrait. Thank you for your work. PS. excuse my bad English -- 06:01PM, November 13, 2006.
jenstylee says: True work of art. Wish I could say more. Speechless! -- 03:06AM, November 21, 2006.
muskva says: his eyes doesn't look sad. there must be good future for this boy. -- 04:35PM, December 17, 2006.
sargantanijo says: Amazing portrait! Congratulations -- 05:41PM, December 22, 2006.
little_stitcher says: I hope he is.... well I dunno! My thoughts are still with him. -- 01:26PM, December 29, 2006.
kasia_k. says: 1st thing you can see is this huge wish for help and rescue in his eyes..and this things he says..definetely true, real life..just very different from ours. but..maybe not different at all -- 11:48PM, January 05, 2007.
msveron says: beautiful and painful. Most in our society don't see the homeless around them-sleeping in the alleys of our lives. Fewer still listen. Thank your for seeing and listening. And making other's hear. -- 04:52PM, January 29, 2007.
bloodycanvas says: this portrait is incredible. his eyes are so haunting yet inviting. what a tragic view on life he has, i hope there is enough time for him. -- 03:49AM, February 01, 2007.
øtta says: this is my favourite...his eyes...i don't know but there's something special in his eyes.. -- 09:30PM, February 04, 2007.
Highyeah says: I came across your website last year and fell in love with your photographs and the stories behind them. And finally I found them on flickr. =] -- 08:10PM, February 05, 2007.
skag says: theres something about his eyes and mouth that make him really innocent like a tiny baby, i wouldnt expect his eyes have seen such innocent things though -- 11:05PM, February 08, 2007.
ramyd says: thanks for the photo and the story. his face is far less emotive than your other portraits. i am quite sure he has schizophrenia. the ideas and beliefs he expresses are signs of a loose sense of self. he very clearly expressed delusions of passivity (his mother selling his heart etc), persecution (people are bad to him and use him), and guilt (believing he is evil). he is absolutely tormented. i do hope he gets help soon or he will kill himself. -- 11:19PM, February 23, 2007.
unintelligiBill says: He looks just like a friend of mine who was killed a few years ago in the Ocala National Forest. Instead of stopping and getting a ticket for riding a four-wheeler in an unapproved area Dan tried to run from the park rangers. Flying through the woods in the middle of the night with his headlights off he crashed the four-wheeler into a tree and was killed on impact. He was only 21 years old. Alcohol, drugs and the fearlessness of youth led him to an early grave. I hope that Brian gets some help and does not suffer the same fate. -- 02:42PM, February 26, 2007.
Carl_Cabading says: I wonder how this young man is doing now? -- 08:18PM, March 09, 2007.
liizza says: oh my god.. dunno what to say - your photos and the stories are so powerful stuff.. -- 10:35PM, March 14, 2007.
montego1 says: stunning-sad -- 09:52PM, March 24, 2007.
artOtek says: Running out of time... he really seems to be lost... -- 09:07AM, March 28, 2007.
E-ville81 says: I love This Intimacy in the "commentary" you capture. This is Great stuff Keep it up. People, Real People and their stories, beliefs and values real Life. Its Perfect. Thank you for Sharing this. -- 08:53PM, April 09, 2007.
rainclouds_not_breathing says: I think this man has suffered a great deal. he reminds me of Jesus, because those eyes are worth dying for. Why do you do this - take pictures of the homeless? Doesn't it hurt? -- 08:56PM, April 20, 2007.
chica buena says: wow.......... im speechless................ G R E A T -- 09:04PM, May 01, 2007.
-fiction- says: check it out... Now freelove will be seen on the streets of Bristol... I love this photo, really inspiring, -- 06:47PM, May 19, 2007.
taka_silviu says: the portrait and stories are amazing . .thank you for sharing -- 10:25AM, May 25, 2007.
Calsurferboy says: Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Just California People, and we'd love to have your photo added to the group. -- 08:46AM, May 29, 2007.
blahdjkshgfkjsahadi says: Mr. Stone, some emotional photos you take! But unfortunately they are pieces of a "glass box" world...we see the pic, we wonder, we write "nice" comments and we leave. It makes me feel POWRLESS! And almost angry that there's nothing I can do to help these specific individuals. I know, this is only flickr....yet these photos do more than show something..they MOVE to tears. Real tears. How can we help the subjects of your photos? Is there a way to follow-up on people like this...donate money to them? Why is this "just flickr" :(((( Again, I feel powerless... But THANK YOU for your fantastic effort to punch us in the face with REALITY. I'll visit your website regularly. -- 08:12PM, July 03, 2007.
Spenser.Cat says: Hi, I'm an admin for a group called The Meaning of Life, and we'd love to have your photo added to the group. -- 04:15AM, August 28, 2007.
dgzgomoo2 says: not only is the picture brilliant, but the story behind it is absolutely captivating! -- 06:08AM, September 07, 2007.
Glynn Lavender says: remarkable capture. your empathy with your subjects is obvious. -- 12:11PM, November 26, 2007.
Radianman 크래그 says: Beautiful, and terrible! -- 02:10AM, February 03, 2008.
arealgem says: Itsa shame -- 04:56PM, February 09, 2008.
SOUTHERN HEART says: Thanks for this fasinating story. It is so haunting but yet forecful.The differen't rivers of fear and other emotions are almost a movie in the making.Great Pic and content. Thanks -- 02:23AM, May 02, 2008.
gidjetluv says: When I was working with street kids, they used words as weapons of violence. But then again, some of them were scared of me. The only weapon I used was the violence of love. It's the only act that will save this son of God. He is a son of God. . . -- 07:00AM, May 08, 2008.
puntobipolar says: wonderful... (L) -- 11:56AM, May 12, 2008.
homocideme says: Piece of shit. -- 12:06PM, May 21, 2008.
tarynthesky says: i bet some of his story is true... like his mother prob. sexually abused him and then made it his fault... sounds like he has had a life full of abuse, and from his tortured pain, has twisted his truths to a very real evil... great pic and great reminder to be praying for the homeless, thanks. -- 03:40AM, May 25, 2008.
Aloysio Araripe says: Againthose eyes ...such strong eyes -- 02:11AM, June 23, 2008.
Craig Butcher says: Utterly amazing. Those eyes... -- 11:17AM, June 29, 2008.
johey24 says: Hi, I'm an admin for a group called, and we'd love to have this added to the group! Your photos are amazing! -- 01:11AM, July 23, 2008.
disco_monkey says: This portrait has touched me the most out of this set and reading the description it nearly breaks my heart. There's a deep wisdom and emotion in his eyes which words can't express. -- 02:59PM, August 13, 2008.
Kriptonite in real life Samoamax says: Hola, soy el administrador de un grupo llamado Emotional impact MyChoice y nos encantaría agregar esto al grupo. magnificent -- 11:35PM, September 13, 2008.
Arras Photography says: wow -- 04:48AM, October 25, 2008.
Cowtools says: Mental illness can be a chicken-and-egg situation. His stories of his childhood sound very much like some one who was sexually abused as a very young child & had to make sense of it as best he could. Growing up in that sort of "reality", it's no surprise he'd grow up unable to tell fact from fantasy. How do I know? A couple twists & turn on the road of life aside, I'd be Brian. -- 05:02PM, February 06, 2009.
AnaElise says: Love love love love this. -- 12:59AM, February 27, 2009.
Lucian Duca (hugs, stay well) says: Thank you, Tom, for giving a soul to your photographs! Maybe sharing his story with us took more time than actually preparing the photo for upload... No matter the turmoil he's been through (or he might still be facing), I can see light in his eyes... and tears in mine... Can't say more. I wish him well! And to you, too! -- Seen on your photo stream. (?²ˣ) (which, in turn, I discovered from a note to a photo from another story's stream.) -- 12:55PM, April 22, 2009.
Paterdimakis says: Excelent capture, strong story, power photo -- 08:46PM, April 22, 2009.
tatimab says: Amazing portrait and story you really could make a really good documentary with this guy and others you have found! I love it! -- 11:57PM, July 27, 2009.
SHUMedia says: hes the wanderer around my neighborhood, i see this guy numerous times a day, great capture and even better description -- 05:18AM, August 09, 2009.
aSoulMan says: Every portrait that is painted with feeling is a portrait of the artist, not of the sitter. Oscar Wilde -- 07:30AM, March 09, 2010.
floor.b says: I am speechless. What a beautiful portrait and what a touching story. -- 01:20PM, November 14, 2010.
stoneth says: again- thanks:) -- 04:30AM, November 15, 2010.
ichauvel says: tres beau regard!!!!!!! I enjoyed seeing your photo in Soul Man of the Day. Seen on SMOTD -- 08:51PM, December 17, 2010.
Photo--Graphy says: This is excellent -- 07:51PM, June 12, 2011.
ONE GOOD EYE says: Tom you captured his windows to his soul beautifully.... -- 08:48AM, June 26, 2011.
decembre says: ______ ★ Thank you too for your post in Portrait★Faces Continue... ______________ -- Seen in the group"Portrait★Faces" (?) -- 10:26PM, October 16, 2011.
strawberrynonsense says: I swear I've met this man a couple years ago on a missions trip to SF. One day we went to a place on Page St. and made them food and talked to them, he looks just like one of the guys I met there that I could never seem to forget. He was different then the rest, kinder. -- 03:56AM, May 05, 2012.
puhalski__ says: I think I'm in love with this guy -- 10:01AM, June 09, 2012.
Luca Di Lotti says: ok. I think I can't go further. for now. thank you, mr. Stone. -- 07:55PM, October 28, 2012.
ana_lee_smith says: A heart-wrenchingly compelling portrait of Brian. And a story told with dignity, compassion & non-judgement. Thank you. -- 04:25PM, April 21, 2013.
sirgeri2012 says: A very nice portrait. Sirgeri -- 05:14PM, May 13, 2014.
* daviolicious™ says: Your photography and each stories behind the lens, made me wept deeply inside. I was once "hanging" with people like freelove, ash, roach etc. Brought back lotsa memories, i can even remember the smell around tenderloin on polk/eddy. -- 09:56AM, March 08, 2015.