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05-JUL-2007

Under the expressway, Rama IV intersection, Klong Toei
I very nearly didnt take this. I dont agree with taking pictures of people in poor circumstances unless the picture helps them in some way and I almost never take pictures without interacting in some way. When I saw him I went and sat down to think about him.

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Marc Demoulin16-Mar-2009 20:35
Yes very poignant picture. You had to make it! vVv
Marc
Ralf Sonnet23-Feb-2008 08:12
Fantastic shot, in every context!
Stan Schutze29-Nov-2007 07:01
Is he dead?
Guest 20-Jul-2007 05:57
hmmm.

When I first saw this, I wondered if it were a staged shot, which, even in that would have worked for me. apparently it wasn't staged and for that I commend you more, as it's soooo difficult a shot to 1) take, 2) process and 3) make public

but it's amazing, and poignant and so for that, it's a hugely successful image that makes one stop and truly feel and think.
Guest 17-Jul-2007 03:36
Rare to find a useful addition to a well discussed comment and although I'm in no position to judge, I believe both your image and text definitely qualify there. Agree re dof - excellent.
Kal Khogali13-Jul-2007 18:08
A poster for the dienfranchised...of all the hand is the most potent symbol..normally held out begging. Today...simply too tired. K
Ray :)08-Jul-2007 10:09
Powerful shot, DaVid. Even though I take a fair few candids, I make a point of giving some moral comfort when attempting to photograph people like this.
The fingernails tell all.
sushislee06-Jul-2007 19:09
this one is "stunning" , very expressive, and a ingenious dof! wooOOkoo!
Steve Jones06-Jul-2007 08:02
I also agree with Steve on this. As photographer's we should show this aspect of real life as well as the pleasany side of life. If we choose to make our world look nice & comfortable then those in power will never see the other side of our world. They should do more to help these people. Photograph's that shame the leader's who can change this. A good job done with dignity.
Guest 06-Jul-2007 06:55
powerfull and touching picture
i know how its easy to find and show misery in bkk
but you did with respect here.
i am right with Steve comment

regards
Simon
Steve Viscot06-Jul-2007 06:46
David, I agree with your comment but you live there and have an outstanding eye. In my opinion you HAVE to show this kind of work. I've seen my share of misery and have often photographed it a well. It’ part of everyday life in most of the world unfortunately. This image made me pause this morning…If that was your intention you have succeeded. The picture will be in my mind when I go to have a coffee later on (something part of everyday life for the fortunate few in this world)

I’m not going to comment on technique, DOF, POV and other crap David. It’s a very powerful image with a message - v
maximzar05-Jul-2007 12:11
speechless.. majical work. ~V~
Guest 05-Jul-2007 06:22
very effective image, david: the depth of field and the missing finger, and the dirt... the blurred identity - well done
JD05-Jul-2007 05:10
The art of saying it all without showing it all. A very clever composition, paying attention to the framing even in the blur. Not to mention the adventure of being there with them!
Ken McColl05-Jul-2007 03:05
Well done David, well done. I especially like what you have not shown. People come here and then shoot some of the miserable scenes in all the clarity and detail. In doing so..I thing they degrade the person in the image. Here, your judicious DOF..not only 'protects' his identity but focuses us on just one part. 50 or 85
I'm voting for tis one.
KMc
Patricia Lay-Dorsey05-Jul-2007 02:49
Such a powerful image, especially with the DOF you've chosen to use.
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