My last post introduced the Bang-Bang (wo)men. Arriving from the countryside, either by choice in search of a better life or by displacement, they pick up the cheapest of tools - a bamboo pole (or bang bang) and some rope and joing the growing number of porters.
One bang-bang man said "Cities are good for the rich. If you have money you can do anything. If you don't want to carry something, you just hire a bangbang man". As depicted here, the young women has her wares bought in the western style shopping mall carried to her home/car.
These two women may walk in step but live very separte lives.
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scalerman (26900) 2007-05-22 1:22
E: even without noting the photograher, simply a great theme. Superb journalism here with more than compensates for a few technical flaws. Great motif, fine note - well matched. best, c
eshirey (325) 2007-05-22 1:33
I agree with the above - a good shot in a journalistic style. Good eye!
thea0211 (1365) 2007-05-22 2:37
well seen and captured difference - still if you watch them closely, besides walking in step - they might very well be related - because they look almost alike - except the outfits and hairdo and make-up ... imagine changing their outfits among them and what you'd get ... almost the same image :)
devimeuxbe (58557) 2007-05-22 2:40
Yes, you show us 2 differentslook on the woman condition.
There are probably lot of different China you can see.
Excellent sharpness and light.
Have a nice day
Partha_c (2015) 2007-05-22 3:23
Hi Elaine.Looking at your gallery I came across this beautiful shot with a nice accompanying note. Rightly composed the lives of these two women with perfect framing. I made a WS just to focus on them. Hope you amy like it. Regards,.
Albrecht (11279) 2007-05-22 3:34
I like the story you tell in this shot; well seen and captured moment.
partha (14020) 2007-05-22 3:37
Beautiful mixture of the old and the modern. Perfcely timed and good framing as well.
pastadog (13068) 2007-05-22 3:39
Hi Elaine - I like your point here, nicely illustrated, we can even feel their different pace... regards, Daniel
faubry (35373) 2007-05-22 3:49
bonjour Elaine, strong contrast between these women, one from countryside and one from town...good reportage photo, bravo
Furachan (0) 2007-05-22 3:55
That's a pretty Furachanesque picture, Elaine, if I say so myself ;o)
Tremendous contrast, the gap between urban and rural China strongly communicated here. An informative, important upload.
sidstakes (770) 2007-05-22 10:09
your picture made me stare at it for quite sometime...i have mixed feelings about this...to me this is cruel...and it's a daily scene...which perhaps we tend to get so used to...your photograph has struck a chord somewhere in me...i am not feeling very comfortable anymore...so much contrast! here in calcutta, we have several such examples...you should come to cal..
delkoo (68) 2007-05-22 12:17
strong contrast of different shape of life, determination hasn't the same goal to the both.
very well seen
lasscor (7640) 2007-05-22 15:49
Nice daily life composition.
Two faces of the China life conditions in one shot.
KevRyan (22932) 2007-05-23 4:13
A brilliant shot Elaine - so well seen and with the story to tell in full measure - where the obvious inequalities of Chinese urban life will lead is a major issue of the day - I'm mindful of what you said a few weeks back about disturbances and the enormous amount of references we encountered this time in relation to building the Harmonious Society - in fact our work was supported (and tolerated) because of this policy.
Photographically a wee bit blown on the woman's top but nothing unfixable......
jinju (14265) 2007-05-25 4:40
what a juxtaposition!!! Beautiful elehgance vs hardworking and sad....very much a big city reality, especially in Asia
pady (4800) 2007-05-26 5:42
Great moment of different cultures, two way of living.
I like this contrast.
Pierre - André
kenmac (529) 2007-06-20 11:41
What a great social comment Elaine particularly from a so called egalitarian state like China. Well seen.
chriswhitley (2021) 2008-12-02 13:43
Interesting note to explain this one. Same world, very different lives. A shot which shows us the power photography can have. Chris
- Copyright: Elaine springford (everlasting) (14023)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2007-05-16
- Categories: Daily Life
- Camera: Nikon D 70, Sigma 18-50 f2.8 EX DG, Digital RAW
- Exposure: f/7.1, 1/160 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Theme(s): The WOMEN in the work. [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2007-05-22 1:00