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The photograph that I uploaded yesterday titled ‘Family band’ gives the background to this shot. This is a close-up of the young girl in that picture and I took this shot to capture the sadness that I could see in her eyes. Banging a drum all day long in the Cambodian heat is not the way for a girl like this to experience childhood, but I suppose, like her brothers, she must do that to help her family to make a living. It makes me sad to see children living like this in the third world, but at least these kids look healthier than many we see in central Africa, India, and some other parts of the world. I tried cropping this shot harder on the right to remove the arm of one of the other brothers, but that didn’t look as good as this version leaving the arm in. I couldn’t move any further to the left as the father’s back would have been in the way. Focal length was 120 mm.

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