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Illumination, Long Xuyen, Vietnam, 2008
06-JAN-2008

Illumination, Long Xuyen, Vietnam, 2008

Long Xuyen is the second most prosperous town in the Mekong Delta, after Can Tho. The body language of this man in the Long Xuyen market offers a perfect complement to the geometric play of light on the wall. They join to create a triangle. The triangular composition here implies a grounded person who is in no particular hurry to do anything. The pile of stuff that surrounds him is largely subdued in shadow the light illuminates just face, wall, and what looks like a circular bundle of straw. I was very fortunate to pass through this market at this particular moment. Any earlier or later, and this triangle would not be here.

Leica V-Lux 1
1/250s f/5.6 at 13.3mm iso100 full exif

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Tim May26-Feb-2008 17:45
The stuff on the ground supports and provides a foundation for the apex - the humans who use it.
Phil Douglis31-Jan-2008 18:34
Thank you, Kal, as always, for seeing such meaning in the triangular "spotlight" here. It is as if he has momentarily caught the attention of the world here, but as you say, his moment in the spotlight is fleeting. He will soon vanish into the shadows once more, retreating into what you have called his sanctuary. It really makes us think about the fleeting nature of success and attention. Most of the time, we labor in darkness.
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