Begging, IMO, is a competitive field of "career" in Morocco. In Fez, I saw beggars everywhere. To draw the attention of the tourists, these beggars position themselves on a very conspicuous and/or interesting place. They have to do something "catchy" to catch the attention. And this picture tells one of the many stories...
He was in deep concentration and i even thought he was praying. However, I saw one tourist giving him an alm and he didn't complain. He "placed" himself somewhere at the end of the rainbow. Close to him was a wooden ladder, something that he might need to gain access to that proverbial "gold". What I gave him was not any close to the value of the gold but what he gave me was this "golden" pose. I am surely indebted.
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maciekda (19895) 2004-02-03 5:27
it is a nice shot, the vertical composition is quite controversial for me here, but I see you wanted to include those colorful clothes in the scene. I am a little tempted to make the picture horizontal, but then maybe it would be too obvious or boring. also there is a bit too much space on the man's right side I think, he is a bit too centered. just some thoughs ;-)
anyway, nice shot!
clodreno (0) 2004-02-03 5:29
Nice composition Manuel. I forgot I wanted to post a picture from Morocco. The light is very well controlled here. nicely done.
olli (2091) 2004-02-03 5:35
Very good composition. Also technically excellent work. Beautiful light. The ladder is very nice symbolic element in the image. I especially like the contrast between the B&W clothes of the man and those colorfull in the upper left corner.
henrye (3500) 2004-02-03 5:45
Very interesting note, great photograph. You tell the story very well, in both cases. Good composition, great colors, and I like the frame too. Well done!
Darren (6823) 2004-02-03 5:54
Hi Manny. This is a very nice shot. I really like the vertical orientation of it and I really like the colors, both the skin of the man as well as the material at the top left. I think technically it may be just a little soft, and I personally would like to see a bit tighter crop from the right, but as it is, this is a very good photo.
Midnight_sun (1941) 2004-02-03 6:28
You've caught his mood well, the contrast between the bright clothes and his sorry pose says a lot. A very crisp image, well captured and good note.
jrj (34843) 2004-02-03 6:31
Again a finely composed picture Manny. The colours and the light setting is very good. The little sun on the fabrics is a fine detail.
avigur_11 (22107) 2004-02-03 6:51
I like the colors of the textiles, and how the light plays with them. The angle of the ladder is interesting (how it goes into the textiles), and the old man is a wonderful subject. Excellent pose, nice typical Morrocan shoes. Excellentcomposition. Well done, Manuel.
I think you cropped a bit too tight at the bottom.
nwoehnl (122) 2004-02-03 7:01
Excellent composition and use of light, Manny. A lot of interesting details here that seem to enhance the message, like the ladder or the contrast of the colorful clothes in the upper left corner compared to the rest of the scene. Compelling note.
steeve (1497) 2004-02-03 8:40
Nice daily life shot. Good composition and well seen for the rainbow. The inside edge of the border is jagged in many places. I think that it happens when you fill the frame with any paint tool. I suggest you to select at fist a color for the canvas then go to canvas size and finally enlarge. I know that I'm picky. The pic is excellent Manuel.
ninadev (5377) 2004-02-03 10:40
There is so much poetry in your note but this begger was not taking poetry when he sat there, he mainly thought marketing. But you surely have the eye to have noticed this rainbow of colored cloth hanging above this begger, and the ladder too... Very well done, sharp, well balanced colors and composition.
mikhalych (1319) 2004-02-03 12:53
This beggar looks suspiciously clean and more like meditating than begging for money.
Those colorful cloths certainly steal some attention and add much to crispness of the image.
Nice comment, too.
scalerman (26900) 2004-02-03 13:59
Brilliant photo Manny - a real keeper. Just a little soft IMO. Composition is great and the colorful textiles work well here.
dsidwell (9783) 2004-02-03 15:31
The splash of color really adds a lot of interest to an already interesting photo. The photo is so clear and bright, to me it takes away slightly from any feelings of sympathy, though. But perhaps that is not what you were going for. Composition is very, very effective.
orme (7219) 2004-02-03 20:57
An excellent composition and very interesting note. I like the way the light hits the colourful hanging textiles. Well seen.
robbertjan (2906) 2004-02-04 4:44
Manual this a another great people shot. There are a lot of good details in the picture. The colored curtains, stair, and the praying man. very good.
JacquesLanctot (501) 2004-02-04 12:38
If I understand you, you got and we got more than he got.
Perfect picture and the color of the rainbow are just right, not disturbing the meaning of the picture which is, for me, the play of the beggar.
Clochette (8076) 2004-02-07 12:25
Excellent shot, Manuel, I really love the way you composed it. First I was attracted by the 'rainbow', then the look goes down along the ladder and comes to the man.
I also very much appreciated your story and title.
Great work !!