A young Cambodian kid climbs up the steep stone stairs of Bakong. I was roaming around the top level enoying a whiff of fresh air in the afternoon sun when I spotted this young kid climb up the stairs. I guess we spotted each other at the same time and he instantly had this suspicious look on his face. Perhaps camera-toting foreigner was the last thing he expected to confront on top of the stairs :) We were soon friends though as we interacted through the universal language of smiles and I have pictures in less suspicious circumstances. I have two more pictures in the workshop, one taken a few seconds earlier and the other of the impressive Bakong temple.
Often neglected by tourists who are on a whirlwind tour of Angkor, the Roluos Group is a collection of monuments representing the remains of Hariharalaya, the first major capital of the Angkorian era Khmer Empire. The ancient capital was named for Hari-Hara, a synthesis of the Hindu gods Shiva and Vishnu. Hariharalaya was established as a capital city by Jayavarman II and served as the Khmer capital for over 70 years under four successive kings. Bakong is the most impressive member of the Roluos Group, sitting at the center of Hariharalaya. Bakong stands 15 meters tall and was constructed by the third Angkorian-era king as his state-temple. Bakong represents the first application of the temple-mountain architectural formula on a grand scale and set the architectural tone for the next 400 years. The temple displays a very early use of stone rather than brick. Though begun by Indravarman I, Bakong received additions and was expanded by later kings.
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rigoletto (34269) 2007-04-08 6:53
He has the looks of a grown-up and this is somehow frightening. And how you captured this emotion is really appreciated. This one will surely become one of your incredible portraits, depicting the figure in his descriptive environ. Very nice share for a sunny sunday!
snunney (87466) 2007-04-08 6:54
A well captured expression of suspicion and mistrust. A very good pose looking over the wall with the arms used for support. Nice positioning in the frame. Good colours and clarity.
kiwi_explorer (12209) 2007-04-08 7:00
The color tones of this photo is just perfect ... very natural especially the skin colors. I like how you were able to capture the facial expression. Well composed and presented. Excellent ... tfs.
Partha_c (2029) 2007-04-08 7:03
Hi Sabyasachi. A very nice shot of a very nice (suspicion notwithstanding)look of this kid. The edge of the stair which became bottomline of this snap was looking natural. A very useful note too. What are the reddish patches at the top? Looks like betel juice spat by an user! Regards.
abulafia (4900) 2007-04-08 7:06
This is really great, it has your trademark colors on it, and a wonderful subject that doesn't look posed.
pat0500 (21561) 2007-04-08 7:09
Always good pictures and always of good framing in your beautiful gallery..!
A true pleasure for our eyes. Here still a glances thoughtful.
Very good shot..!
Have a nice day and " Happy Easter "
Gustaw (21670) 2007-04-08 7:15
Hallo my friend from India!
Very nice portrait. Good quallity, nice colours and good composition. Very good artistic photo. I like youy conception. Very interesting face.
cunejo200 (7281) 2007-04-08 7:43
If looks could kill! I love the expression of this kid. You have framed him/her exquisitely. Colors and exposure are right-on, and I enjoyed reading your well-written Note. Best wishes, Danilo
ribeiroantonio (22637) 2007-04-08 8:24
Very nice picture but to be very honest I really prefer the one in WS1. It is simply wonderful. Just his head and eyes, perfect! Well done.
jasmis (57906) 2007-04-08 8:27
Interesting and impressive portrait of the child in action.
Thanks for sharing.
surel (1056) 2007-04-08 9:51
simply wonderful photo.Powerful lookings in his eyes and powerful capture by you.Thanks for sharing.
steveryan2006 (439) 2007-04-08 10:43
You are incredibly good working with strangers. I dont know how you do it but the end product is invariably is top class. This sure must rank as one of your best in terms of composition.
mattosborne (85) 2007-04-08 10:51
I hope some day I will have enough time to go thru each one of your photos and comment. They are so consistently good that you should seriously consider going professional, that is if you are not already one! I would have been proud of any three you have posted here but the main post steals the show with that look of suspicion on his face.
jean11-3 (2799) 2007-04-08 11:02
Beautifully composed shot Sabyasachi.Suspicion is the only word for his look.
The sharp details are spot-on.Lovely natural colours.
TFS, regards Jean.
feather (51130) 2007-04-08 11:06
I love the expression on his face. You captured this one at just the right time to show the fact he is climbing the steps. I like the WS one too, but you chose the best with this one. Good work
partha (14020) 2007-04-08 11:10
Hi Sabyasachi da,
Nice timing and perfectly composed.The background is chosen well/
tcht (7565) 2007-04-08 12:10
what a cute portrait! I remember I've taken a similar one in Cambodia before, with a boy climbing up the stairs of a temple. The colours are very good here and I see that there's some nice lighting on the child. PLus I like the framing by the stone blocks around. Lovely work.
mesutilgim (87452) 2007-04-08 14:01
Again and again a real masterpiece !
What a nice and suspicious face .
Great compo, and real nice notes.
syd1946 (18663) 2007-04-08 14:30
You have all the types of portraits in your fine gallery.And this is very beautiful and different of course.Love the point of view and the saturated colours.I enjoy it!
batalay (36159) 2007-04-08 15:09
Hello Sabyasachi, greetings from Virginia.
You really are one of the finest note writers, your engaging observations rivaling the psychological studies that you frequently deliver. The colors and sharpness, as well as the composition and perspective are flawless.
Have a good, productive week,
fabdemacedo (457) 2007-04-08 15:29
Hello Sabyasachi, thank you for having visited my gallery but let me write that yours is simply wonderful and that picture is a good example of what I have just said!
Thank you for sharing.
AiresSantos (56155) 2007-04-08 15:35
Amazing composition my friend Sabyasachi.
Impressive expression. Great colours ans light
TFS and greetings
gilou530 (34) 2007-04-08 15:42
un portrait magnifique de ce gamin ou le regard transperce l'écran comme une épée, netteté excellente, bravo
happypoppeye (4817) 2007-04-08 15:47
Wow, great catch. The expression really makes the photo. The composition and color are also very good.
Zandell (241) 2007-04-08 15:59
Excellent sharpness and great composition with this little "Mawgly"..
VEry expressive and interesting boy..
Amazing portofolio of photos..
I love to see you in may favorites..
renerob (601) 2007-04-08 16:46
Nice Portrait you have captured, and nice colours, but if look could kill, he doesn't look very happy at all, well done Sabyasachi,
Charo (51210) 2007-04-08 16:59
Estupenda foto, con mucha expresividad en esa niña y fantástico color y contraste.
AdrienneClaire (722) 2007-04-08 19:52
Perfect title-- what a suspiscious look it is!
Amazing colors and qaulity. Great portrait captured
csavery (172) 2007-04-08 22:24
Such a look of disapproval. Good to know you became friends. Excellent capture as moments like this are so hard to record. Eloquent use of colour to provide some spice that doesn't detract from the focus.
carper (96) 2007-04-09 1:52
it is a S U S P I C I O U S look Sabyasachi,
one of your very good photo's, the timing is perfect, the pov is nice and the light is good, a well taken photo job, well done.
ALIRIZA (16423) 2007-04-09 4:09
Very nice portrait with good artistic POV. High quality composition and nice colours. Great work my friend...
Have a nice week...
eza1701 (3345) 2007-04-09 4:36
You have captured a great look on this little boys face and your framing with him off-centre is just right.
Budapestman (82620) 2007-04-09 4:39
Beautiful work. Very expressive and talkative portrait, indeed. Superb composition and impressive POV. Refined work.
Have a nice day, thank you
pablominto (53744) 2007-04-09 4:56
Attractive composition, well balanced and with good lines!
Portrait wise the little fellow shows a face of sceptisism, not quite ready to be friends...
Colours are fine and so are the details!
vincz (19113) 2007-04-09 5:46
Great shot! What an expression. Wonderful textures all around. Light is very well mastered.
Greetings from Hanoi.
kermit350 (9016) 2007-04-09 6:10
Hello sabyasachi, I like the image in the workshop of the boy or one sees only his glance, once in top of the staircase whose woodworks forms beautiful decorations, the only thing which challenges they are the eyes of the little boy who slices Net with the remainder, which gives a p`tit something of antagonistic to this photograph, in all the cases this image does not leave me indiffèrent, the atmosphere and environment are quite present and the whole passes well to the image, it is a beautiful decisive moment as with your practice d`ailleurs, sincerely.........................Hello sabyasachi, j’aime bien l’image dans l’atelier du garçon ou l’on ne voit que son regard, une fois en haut de l’escalier dont les boiseries forme un beau décors, la seule chose qui interpelle ce sont les yeux du petit garçon qui tranche net avec le reste, ce qui donne un p‘tit quelque chose d’antagonique à cette photo, dans tous les cas cette image ne me laisse pas indiffèrent, l’atmosphère et l’ambiance sont bien présente et le tout passe bien à l’image, c’est un beau moment décisif comme à ton habitude d‘ailleurs, bien amicalement
anesugur (18789) 2007-04-09 7:36
Superb natural portrait.
Perfect quality and beautiful colors.
I like the POV and composition.
Thanks for sharing.
Best regards. Uğur
jhm (142099) 2007-04-09 8:46
The eyes and the face of this young child are superb, this one will surely become one of your incredible portraits, nice positioning in the frame. Very well done!
Thanks for sharing.
Have a nice day,
faubry (35405) 2007-04-09 8:53
wowwwwwwwwwwwwwww, what glance... it s very a great photo like usual, a lot emotion here
atilgone (0) 2007-04-09 10:47
A very nice shot of great look of this kid. I like the colors and sharpness very much. Very nice potrait! Well done!
delkoo (68) 2007-04-09 11:11
he ,he, what a terrific glance , what did you do to this young kid??
This is a excellent shot, Immediate and fascinating, i really like it.
leo61 (0) 2007-04-09 12:51
You catched a realy great look and you placed the kid perfect in the frame.I like the pose too and the colors and contrast are fantastic.
Vato_Law (12720) 2007-04-09 13:53
What a look she's thhrowing at you! He's look reminds me the kid from Jungle Book, along with the hair cut.
I also like this rocky wall in front of the child and tis textures, it makes a nice foreground.
josepmarin (57839) 2007-04-09 15:10
This look of the child, a mixture of suspicion, worry and anger, is deserved to take the photo.
Well sight, compound well, very spontaneous and natural, with excellent lighting and beautiful colors.
A great work.
Friendly regards from Barcelona,
salvator (19102) 2007-04-09 15:55
Superb composition and superb use of light. The colors and details are superb, and the chil's looks are superb. I wish you a great week. Best regards. Salvator.
siolaw (38292) 2007-04-09 23:05
So you finally found Mowgli, from Kipling's Jungle Book!!! ;D Doesn't that kid look like him!!?? A fine compo with elements well placed and balancing the image very well... Excellent capture of his expression, with that 'killer look!'
Have a nice day!
prezntime (3946) 2007-04-10 0:55
He does seem quie suspicious of your presense....what were you looking at? Why with that funny lens dangling infront of your face?
Again, you've captured an exceptional view of human life. All it takes is a extrovert personality and outstanding taste. Very well seen again friend,
John_F_Kennedy (43299) 2007-04-10 4:38
Very spectacular and expressive photo! Fantastic view and very nice mood!
Fis2 (88127) 2007-04-10 6:49
Curious look of child. Good frame and colours. VFery impressive picture. Well done.
Greetings from Poland
Cormac (26563) 2007-04-10 12:19
Wonderful expression! The look alone makes the shot, but you also have an interesting pose, with the arms out like that. The combination of textures is great too, with the rough stones contasting well with the smooth skin. Excellent!
Cricri (109851) 2007-04-10 13:15
Magnifique portrait de ce petit garçon aux regard a la fois méfiant et pénétrant, superbe scéne aussi
un cadrage et des couleurs parfait, excellente image, compliment
zeca (19762) 2007-04-10 13:19
You have a good sensibility and timing to capture expressions on the people faces. Very nice shot, this time showing us the cute child with lots of emotion on her face. Colour tones are very nice!
agbonavita (0) 2007-04-10 18:29
Great shot Sabya. Love her suspicious penetrating eyes. Her position increase this ideia. The sharp and colors here are suberb.
Well done my friend.
capthaddock (28790) 2007-04-10 20:39
Hmm, if looks could kill, whatever she's lookking at would already be dead, good timing with the expression, the textures of the building materials around her make a nice frame.
Angshu (56406) 2007-04-10 23:53
He looks like Mowgli, doesn't he? Looks are killer. I like your WS too. The timing is just perfect on this one as he's poised to take another step up. The framing with the top of the stairs couldn't have been better
keribar (43841) 2007-04-11 0:25
This kid reminds me the one from the Jungle Book, he looks so intelligent and so decided to do what he has in mind. I also enjoy the almost monochrome hue and the good oolors of the picture.
Friendly regards - Izzet
Graal (99196) 2007-04-11 2:48
very nice portrait and funny pose and face of kid. Well quality and composition. Friends all told You. I like this work, too.
thea0211 (1365) 2007-04-11 4:45
that look on his face is priceless.
what's even more interesting is the timeless feeling one gets in your image ... could very well happened tens or hundreds of years ago ... no sign of so-called 'civilization' on him or around him, between the ruins of the temple.
jrj (34841) 2007-04-11 6:07
Nice capture S. with an interesting 'posing' from the little one. Combined with the offcentered placement of the kid and the low wall you come out with a special and well made result.
plimrn (21344) 2007-04-11 11:19
An excellent presentation!!! The child climbing the steps illustrates their steepness, while his wary expression makes a much more interesting photo than the temple; although the placidly grazing cow makes that shot quite unique as well. But what really stands out for me is how the the three photos and your excellent note all make one complete whole; it really gives an impressive sense of being there.
sayat (2949) 2007-04-11 11:59
Excellent shot... Masterful capture...
brevbrev14 (140) 2007-04-12 9:09
Hi Sabya, ah! the looks of this little girl is incredible!!
i like a lot your great compo here and the texture of the place!
great work as usual!
Benedict (7076) 2007-04-12 11:22
very suspicious and natural facial expression of this little boy indeed! "i don't think i trust you- you intruder!" he seems to say non-verbally.
you captured it so well. colors and lighting well managed as usual.
Henryk_Bilor (20799) 2007-04-12 13:51
One more great capture with a good focusing on kid`s eyes. Interesting composition and the face itself :).
TravelerNL (3011) 2007-04-12 18:19
A beautiful close up of the kid. You managed to capture his expressions of distrust very well.
The colors and sharpness are very good.
prumod (8300) 2007-04-13 14:50
her expression you captured wonderfully... without loosing its flavour... shot is entirely at a top level in its quality and colors like your all shots...
bruce_wayne (1507) 2007-04-13 19:00
Very very good portrait!!
You taken right moment with very good colors and great clearness...this is an example for me...very well done
JCG (35129) 2007-04-14 7:30
Beautiful catch of sight on this young boy and his glance inquisitor. Framing is well seen and qualities of the image are undeniable. Thank you for the photograph complementary and in particular that for the cow and the temple which I also find very beautiful and interesting. Thank you and cheer.
With all my friendships and good WE,
sebinho342 (19317) 2007-04-14 8:57
Eh eh Sabya, nice picture, evocative and quite funny ... kids always have particular way to behave and are far more photogenic than adults ;)
You did well with a sony dsc, impressive result ... a huge picture :)
donluicu (24724) 2007-04-15 11:50
superb image, mood very interesting...
devimeuxbe (58557) 2007-04-16 15:13
Beautifull and lovely picture. The serious glance of this little girl is a funny contrast. Excellent.
presidente (1122) 2007-04-16 16:28
Very nice portrait.
Good composition, amazing colours and perfect definition.
Expression captured is fantastic, TFS, Andrea
Polonaise (5802) 2007-04-17 11:56
Rudyard Kipling's "Mowgli" ????
The first thing that came to my mind after clicking on your photo, Sabyasachi.
The look on his face, the incredible surroundings…!
"The jungle Book' once more, live and vibrant.
Great stuff, pal…
Photography of the people on the highest, world level.
Thanks, once more
berek (41247) 2007-04-22 4:30
this one is great. what a effective face expression. good colors and composition. congratulations. have anice Sunday from Istanbul.
riclopes (35577) 2007-04-22 14:29
Outstanding moment(s) captured in these shots, Sabyasachi. I don't know how you succeeded to do such shots, but you definately have the skills for it. I don't know which I like more, because the 'eye contact' is also an incredible photo. The 'Bakong temple' is a funny surprise with the cow eating in FG. Congratulations my friend.
With greetings from Lisbon,
lasscor (7640) 2007-04-23 13:59
Lovely expressive portrait.
Lovely cute boy.
Nice natural framing, colors, light and sharpness.
a_i_ren (1315) 2007-04-26 17:55
Mowgli without any doubt :-) Outstanding, Sabyasachi! Use to bee one of my favorite books and i`ve imagined him just like this. The surrounding frames this kid very nicely. Fantastic job as always!
paulalex32 (4) 2007-05-22 12:31
Hi Sabyasachi, this is an amazing photo! The child, to me, is almost frightening. Almost like his/her eyes have seen something we cannot even imagine. Well, that's my take. I really enjoyed viewing your site and also find your intro inspiring! Cheers, Paul.
Asiulus (1176) 2009-03-05 12:50
This kid seems to be ready either to flee or fight :-) I love the tension, and read the story with real interest.
- Copyright: Sabyasachi Talukdar (sabyasachi1212) (19773)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2006-10-17
- Categories: Daily Life, Ruins
- Camera: SONY DSC-P92
- Exposure: f/5.6, 1/80 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Theme(s): Cambodia : portraits of childhood [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2007-04-08 6:28
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