Taken on Lake Tonle Sap, near Siem Reap.
Generally I think I am better at writing notes than taking photographs. However, I find myself unable to express my thoughts and emotions at this image. As a fat, luxury-loving westerner with happy, healthy kids I cannot find words to describe this scene.
I believe there are numerous reasons for the loss of limbs in Cambodia. Landmines, farm accidents and - I was told by my guide - deliberate amputation of children in order to elicit sympathy and dollars. I pray to God that is not true.
The daily life for this child is to row in his makeshift boat to passing tourists and beg for a dollar, in the same way as this young boy
I thought long and hard before posting this image but if it makes just one person here realise how lucky they are in life and subsequently reach out to help someone less fortunate, then I think it was worth posting.
Will this image stay with me and change me? I hope so.
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lucski (3691) 2006-09-13 3:18
the smile on a face this young boy amazing
jinju (14265) 2006-09-13 7:16
contrast wise a bit fkat but content wise its a hard hitter. Im so glad to see that despite his handicap he is still having fun and being a kid. Nicely placed child and well composed around him.
plimrn (21344) 2006-09-14 4:22
Wow what a journey your photo and note led me. First to your prior photo and then to Ngythanh's theme about Chong Kneas. Thinking about parents mutilating their children so they're more effective beggars is almost to terrible to contemplate, but then you think of Chna's history of binding feet and of genital mutilation is still common. Egypt has the highest rate. Kath Featherstone did quite a series on land mines so Like you. I'll hope this was a landmine. Thank you for your thoughtful photo and note.
ktanska (24270) 2006-09-14 5:35
It's a touching picture. It puts me thinking. And very cute too with children floating and having fun with any means they happen to have.
Oh my! Reading your notes more carefully, it's not about fun at all.
Contrast could be increased. Please don't think I'm heartless of giving pale green. It's only because this should be focused on the boy in the foreground not to back.
tigra (2968) 2006-09-14 20:13
Nice shot, James.
But I think it could look more interesting in colors.
ollie59 (796) 2006-09-15 7:35
very dramatic pic James ,made betterby your use of b&w,its a shame that these water kids have to resort to this ,but its a fact of life .
zips (1958) 2006-10-05 6:05
A very strong photo. As a person who worked extensively with amputees in my younger days, I am always amazed at the resourcefulness of such individuals.
Rather than being a "sad" photo, this one is actually quite uplifting....it shows nothing can stop one from feeling happy and enjoying the simple pleasures in life.
- Copyright: richard james (james-r) (676)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Black & White
- Date Taken: 2006-09-02
- Categories: Daily Life
- Camera: Canon PowerShot S40
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Travelogue: Angkor Wat - September 2006
- Theme(s): kids and water, Navigation enfantine..., Interesting Transportation [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2006-09-12 10:25
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