This is a fairly ordinary photograph from my 2003 Cambodia trip, for which I don't expect anyone to award me 'smileys' - but I wanted to post it today to set the context for another picture that I will post tomorrow. This photograph is of a family band which sits in the carpark outside the Ta Phrom temple, playing traditional music from dawn to dusk, seven days a week. As visitors to Cambodia will be well aware, there are hordes of beggars wherever there are tourists, and many chatrooms on travel websites carry on long debates about whether you should or should not give money to the beggars. However, when I see families like this take the initiative to provide entertainment for the visitors, rather than taking to the streets to beg for money, I don't mind making a donation. It is usually their only source of income and they must survive on what tourists donate. The father - who is obviously an accomplished musician - looks a very stern man which probably explains why his five children are so disciplined. His eldest boys are singing at the tops of their voices (the youngest one is only clapping) whilst his daughter is playing a supporting role on a drum. I just love the position of the boy on the right. He is singing away draped over a tree branch and shaking an instrument in his right hand, but the position of his left hand suggests that it has been a long, long day for them all. Focal length 20mm. No post-processing except for slight cropping and sharpening.
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kensimage (8561) 2005-06-16 13:47
Nice shot, David, showing the contrast between what the family is doing and the shiny expensive cars. It might be better to show less of the cars, just enough to hint that they are there.
I think it's definitely good to pay or donate in exchange for a service, whether that's music or allowing one's photo to be taken or whatever. That's very different from begging.
everlasting (14289) 2005-06-17 7:57
I totally agree with your remarks David about making a donation to this family. This is not begging. I was also intersted to see the date taken. Ihave a shot of this family taken July 2004. Check it out if you have time. The children are all a little bit older:)
fireflyz (2097) 2006-01-31 17:12
Haha.. I find it it very interesting that I have taken pictures of the same people. One of the photos is almost identical to your shot :)
I think this band :) was established in 2005 because I was at the same place in 2004 also and didn't see them there. It's a very nice DL photo from Cambodia. I also like your note, however, I don't think they are his children since the kids are not the same as in my shots, unless he has a very big family :)
Thanks for sharing David!
- Copyright: David Astley (banyanman) (7789)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2003-12-30
- Categories: Daily Life
- Camera: Nikon D100, Nikkor AF-S 12-24mm f/4G ED
- Exposure: f/10.0, 1/350 seconds
- Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Drum Band [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2005-06-16 10:21