My apology if I have not visited your galleries lately; I was kind of inactive for a while and really hope that I would be sharing with you soon.
This man knows his territory; he sits with full 360degree view unlike others who places themselves near wall, under tree or need a backdrop; he isolates himself completely; truly independent. I find him a bold person ready to face the world. Thus I captured him.
I wish to open my Cambodia travelogue with this people photo. In Cambodia, short people have every right to live! The people call themselves Khmer/Cambodian. The face features of Cambodians are very uniquely defined; they are short and usually suntanned. Besides the temples and architecture of buildings, it is the people which captivated my attention. Very characteristic, hardwork and impressive nation of people in this IndoChina region. At Phnom Penh, in front of the Royal Palace lies a square flooded with people daily. We came to this place each early morning. I spotted this man in a very prominent location of the square and in order to
isolate him from the crowdy place, I had to move closer and shoot from above, which also made him look shorter than otherwise. In Phnom Penh, you can see many handicap people affected by land mines.
70-200mm f/2.8 sigma lens [kind loan from Jong]
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Miha2ou7 (5162) 2009-03-16 9:25
Great to see you back, and glad you`ve also added another country on the map. Hoping for a lot more pictures like this one.
Great stuff thematically. From the technical side, I especially like the focus, colors are very nice too. The sharpness is good, but some lines on the clothes (especially the hat) are just a tad to sharp for my taste. But that`s the way it is, it`s hard work to do a selective sharpening. In any case, great work and looking forward to more.
mauro61 (52887) 2009-03-16 11:11
una testimonianza importante quella che porti su certi tipi di condizione umana e di vita.
Foto difficile proposta con un ottima nota,bravo
scalerman (26900) 2009-03-16 11:29
Bill: another powerful post today - perhaps your shot from the rear is even more effective - without the inclusion of facial details. Generous note as well. c
skippy007 (12510) 2009-03-16 13:09
Hello Bill, Nice to hear from you again, I know it has not been that long but it sure seems that way. I looked at this & thought that the quality as in colour & clarity was excellent but I wished I could have seen his face, after reading your note & looking at the picture for several minutes I realised that not being able to see his face was much more effective,it adds intrigue & builds on the atmosphere you have already captured. The crop works well, Excellent note, looking forward to more.
Old buildings, land & seascapes look fantastic but people shots are hard to beat (IMO).
Gerrit (52283) 2009-03-16 13:57
A good shot wit a lot of impact. The way you show him he looks very isolated, which make a strong image.
siamesa (28127) 2009-03-16 14:38
A very strong and sad photo.
This song is very sad too, without hope. I like this picture. TFS
phwall (6785) 2009-03-16 17:30
In this politically correct world we now live in I think you should refer to this man as "vertically challenged". Bloody ridiculous isn't it.
I like your POV, of looking from the rear of this man, it isn't the face that is as important as the small legs and feet tucked under his little body. Your capture tells a story of isolation in a world of intolerance to anything outside the norm. I like the contrast between him and his bike helmet, it is half the size of his body.
A fine capture Bill, thank you for the image and the wonderful note to go with it.
cfreire (11741) 2009-03-16 18:19
This a dramatic shot and your note is very informative. Good pov and framing. Well done. Best regards, Consuelo
carper (96) 2009-03-16 22:41
a very nice and clear shot.
I like the idea, the composition is in balance and the settings are good, very original shot. have a nice day.
AiresSantos (56155) 2009-03-17 0:12
He looks alone, fine picture with low DOF. I like the details and how you framed it. Very good colours and light management
Disabled_A (0) 2009-03-17 1:48
glad to see you back with new photos :)
This is quite an unusual shot! Interesting POV. Generally, this photo is as philosophic and makes one think just like many of your other photos do, which I consider very important.
I've just got an idea that maybe the crop at the top is too tight? even despite the fact that there's too much empty space above I wouldn't crop it so tightly. but that's merely my opinion.
Nicou (152204) 2009-03-17 2:20
Superbe image , très penante et émotinelle, ce handicpaé assi dna sle sable, très bel himmage, on ne trouve pas les mots.
Bravo et amitié
syrus_persia (2270) 2009-03-17 2:34
A nice view, colors and compo are marvellous, congratulations.
vincz (19113) 2009-03-17 2:49
Very powerful... This picture is tranmitting the right message in a perfect manner.
pierrefonds (71783) 2009-03-17 4:44
You have framed well the person. Your portrait is showing a man sitting in the square observing the area. The picture is clear and sharp. The good luminosity is enhancing the colors of the subject. Have a nice day.
gildasjan (43824) 2009-03-17 6:29
Beaucoup d'émotion à regarder cette image du handicap.La simplicité de l'image renforce le sentiment.
patdeph (35748) 2009-03-17 9:27
this is a very strong,powerful photo!The tight framing makes it still stronger!The colours are beautiful and I like your black frame !Very well done!
PS:I had no support on my photo of Celia,I was very surprised by the result
lucasgalodoido (23651) 2009-03-17 11:34
uma foto muito bonito mesmo e oportuno a criação desse tema para essas pessoas tão sofridas. Boa a iniciativa e belo trabalho.
Parabéns e Abraço
mikele_pl (2400) 2009-03-17 12:30
this is really strong image, with wise and informative note. Very serious work yet we all need them here on TE. Thanks for sharing
parbo (11092) 2009-03-17 13:52
I saw you started a new theme from an interesting country also for me. Unexpected results of land mines are very bad, full with sadness every time.
Its good taken his photo behind without disturbing him. The quality of your capture is excellent and your wide crop makes your scene more dramatic. Congratulations.
Waylim (25436) 2009-03-17 16:23
Welcome back, at least one of your dream trips came true. Congratulations, I hope it was as you expected or more. I went with higher hope and I was disappointed in part, but having found my mother hometown was the highlight and made it worthwhile and special for me.
This is a heart breaking scene, and I seen a fair share of such scene. I have not posted any of those photos just yet. This is a good first post and I’m looking forward to many more to come. Thanks Bill.
gunbud (34066) 2009-03-17 18:25
Your subject seems to have a very big heart in that small body.
Excellent clarity and sharp details to the fine capture of such a brave and independent soul.
axiotea (21651) 2009-03-17 21:53
I think, I've seen this man...they are many like him and I always wondering how these people can wish us good luck with beautiful smile, despite their very difficult condition of survey.
A strong documentary picture in a good light&sharpness.
Cheers from PP
P.S I still have your photos on my pc and I think I can now delete them :))
alainh (33205) 2009-03-17 22:46
a great testimony.
technically perfect, sensibility perfect.
a respectful but critical glance of this sad situation.
i like the focus, the crop, the angle.
Jean-Luc (5488) 2009-03-18 3:46
J'ai était attiré et surpris par cette vue, un peu dramatique malgré le soleil et les couleurs qui ne cachent pas le désespoir du handicap!
azaf1 (15929) 2009-03-18 6:57
Excellent frame and the issue of land mines is a bitter story for our century. A very nice view in good colors and sharpness.
Have a good day and TFS
ymrk (15085) 2009-03-18 10:42
The attractive :P
Beautiful shot,friend.What a great shot,and this have a witty view in here.How is he height?He is an oblong :D
Take care of yourself,
Cricri (126846) 2009-03-18 11:51
Une image forte en émotion, très belle dans les couleurs et le cadrage, j'aime beaucoup votre note aussi
danos (103216) 2009-03-18 12:25
nice to hear you again in the site with this beautiful shot with the man to sit in his knees.I like the portrait and the scene with the hat aside him, to balance the shot.Well done.
jmdias (69340) 2009-03-18 17:01
very interesting and amazing portrait, even without to see his face we can imagine how is his life. very nice framing, pov and light, sharpness is perfect too. well done
ilvao (2306) 2009-03-19 1:51
Strong one Bill
All the best
Kielia (24077) 2009-03-19 11:54
this photo and the accompanying note is exactly what I appreciate most here on TE. Learning about your experience in Cambodia was really food for thoughts.
The photo work is excellent, great management of the light and fantastic colors. The photo already tells the whole story! TFS!
wolf38 (31296) 2009-03-19 22:52
Hello Bill. Indeed an impressive photo. Regards, Wolfgang.
jafadabret (56501) 2009-03-20 6:12
C'est une photo qui montre avec beaucoup de délicatesse la difficulté de certaines personnes à vivre avec leurs semblables.
Une très belle photo reportage !
foozi (7101) 2009-03-20 6:28
a fascinating start to share with.
Hope i will be seeing those excellent shot from you. I know well that your portrait and landscape is fantastic.
This is a pecial shot which in terms of photographh is well presented. The rest ofof the comment is very humanistic.
Thanks for sharing and making me feel that this world is so complex.
We take it as it comes and leave it as it goes...Everybody has a part to play.
siolaw (38294) 2009-03-26 4:09
I also have a few shots of him, over the years... on one he is walking too...
The narrow DOF isolates him and emphasizes his loneliness while facing the world! Light and colors are fine.
Greetings from Bangkok
KOhlsson (96) 2009-03-31 14:48
THY (1657) 2009-04-01 7:29
Your this photo is a successful one with detailed notes in supporting.
I am busy but I still want to read and browse your photos in Cambodia.
I was also visiting Palace but unfortunately, I di not see this man.
I was uncomfortable in seeing victims of landmines.
Inventor of landmines should be cursed asthis is an extremely devil invention.
It never captured your life but only deprive your fotunte of the rest of your life.
Why human beings has to be so cruel to other?
Even if they get the whole world, is it worth to build his greedyness on the suffering of these people!
I have also taken some landsmines victims.
Will share with members very soon.
Thanks for sharing.
Flavia (10352) 2009-04-01 8:35
Very touching picture. Your POV was well chosen to keep the man's identity while showing how hard it must be his life. He seems indeed very short from this angle compared with the hats his just a little taller.
Didi (60590) 2009-04-08 0:41
Very strange and original picture, the frame is quite very good
Best regards from Orléans.
Atousa (7131) 2009-04-09 6:28
An impressive shot in an effective strong composition ..its straight to the point you mentioned in your interesting note although his face is not seen..very well done..thank you.
Floydian (30970) 2009-04-09 16:44
I think that i also have this man sitting on the streets. Not a nice view to see him sitting like this, but it's the reality in many countries, not only Cambodia. The view from behind gives us a discrete view, not seeing his face makes us more aware of the position he is in.....very well taken with a lot of dignity.
JanD (0) 2009-04-10 2:03
Very interesting scene. Good POV and capture. Original shot.
JudyR (1671) 2009-04-29 16:33
This photo evokes a sad compassion in me and a gratitude for my life today. There but for the grace of God go I. Gentle reminder. Thank you. Judy
mafegan (8626) 2009-05-12 3:03
A powerful photo of a faceless man - well framed. He is well prepared for any eventuality - his hats reaching almost to his shoulders. Tfs, Marlene
- Copyright: Bill Laucp (trekks) (14348)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2009-03-08
- Categories: Daily Life
- Camera: Nikon D700, RAW
- Exposure: f/6.3, 1/1000 seconds
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Travelogue: The way I see Cambodia
- Date Submitted: 2009-03-16 9:14