Ok, let’s leave apart the beautiful landscapes and go back to the series which started with my first picture
This shot is a harsh one of the everyday life in Angola, a 12 million people sub-saharian country leaving a permanent civil war since the end of the 1970’s.
In various areas of the City like this one (Bairro dos Coqueirros), you have to face an unbelievable poverty : children sleeping in sewer pipes, older guys going around stinking trashes to pick up some food, crazy people going nude along the street and shouting meaningless things.
Let’s mention this district was not one of the poorest but the very historical center of Luanda where I used to have my office. Views like this were my everyday environnement.
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Didi (55121) 2003-08-10 5:05
Comme reportage c'est Percutant ! Non seulement ŕ l'oeil, mais au cerveau.
Cette image forte provoque en moi un véritable "Brainstorm".
This strong picture causes in me a true "Brainstorm".
Aegean (2571) 2003-08-10 7:00
Fantastic strong documentary shot Steven...Simply great!
ninadev (5377) 2003-08-10 8:02
Striking image of poverty. A journalistic shot. I see by your note in "discussion" why you took it like that and understand the reasons. It is good also that that you took it behind these men, maybe not to hurt their feelings of being taken in picture.
forlife (892) 2003-08-10 10:44
its sad Steven,very sad and very well captured and produced!well done!
olli (2091) 2003-08-11 5:19
It´s great to see shots like this in TE – I think that the images has also other (and often much more important) tasks as just please someone´s eye...
Well, this shot also looks great. Very beautiful gray and brown tones works very well with the subject of this shot. The white van breaks the harmony of those tones – so I would crop it out...
flamingo (109) 2003-08-27 22:24
Do you understand what I mean? Bill
RandomCameraGuy (3069) 2003-11-18 15:16
This is a powerful shot. This is the sort of thing we need more of in TE--another point of view on the world besides the sanitized one we usually see.
maciekda (19895) 2003-12-01 4:06
the picture quality is not great, but the picture is really touching... poverty... great documentary shot and a very sad story.
nygus (8178) 2004-05-18 4:11
we have the same model of bins here in Poland. And I dont need to go to Angola to see such scenes - just enough to look out of the window
Farmer (24) 2005-11-25 16:26
Thank you for this. Definitely a worthy subject for TE pictures. It's very refreshing to see something like this that's just as real (if not more so) than the beautiful landscapes and sunsets. Well done!
nszeretlek (1199) 2010-01-23 4:19
Hi Steven ,
The picture is amazing because it has a strong charge of meaning about life and how harsh it can be or really is for some (too many) people and ... it makes me wonder why it still happens , if is there any solution for that (i´m afraid there´s no...) .It is a bit blur but for me it does not mean anything because a picture either speaks or not and that one speaks strongly aloud ...
- Copyright: Steven Le Vourc'h (Curioso) (9271)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2000-12-31
- Categories: Food
- Camera: Sony DSC-F55E, JPEG 100 ISO
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Travelogue: LIVING IN ANGOLA
- Theme(s): Life in Angola has different faces., The uglier, grittier side of life. [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2003-08-10 3:50
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