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    On June 29th 2009, thirty-two people were killed and a further twenty-six were injured, due to the derailment of a freight train, in a railway station in Viareggio. I didn't notice what exactly was depicted in the main tattoo on the man's back, until I developed the photograph, then I realized how much more there was in the picture. It was not just a picture of a tattooed old man in red swimming costume, sitting on the dock of the bay, facing the sea.
    WHAT MAKES THIS PHOTO GREAT?
    Composition 5
    Lighting 4
    Creativity 3
    Story 5

    I love the elegance in the simplicity of this portrait. This man's body has become a story in itself and I love that you immortalized his stories through a portrait. This is a great example of how a portrait of how we can use our bodies to tell stories through body language and body art.

    Kristen McNicholas
    Associate Photo Editor, Nat Geo Your Shot
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    Date Uploaded: Nov 14, 2017
    Location: Viareggio, Tuscany, Italy
    Copyright: © Luca Marchettoni
    Categories: People, Portraits
    Assignments: Rethinking Portraiture, Go Beyond, My Best Photos of 2017
    Contests: 2018 National Geographic Photo Contest