Travelling in India requests to be prepared to walk a long side misery. Poverty is sad to everyone but it seems worse when it's about kids. Believe it or not but after few weeks, you almost get used to it. People walk by and don't even look at them. I still wonder if I should to take a photograph...
photo tech.: desaturated; added yellow, red and magenta; added contrast; decreased brightness; ran in unsharp mask; used the burn, blur and healing tools; made a tighter cropping.
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amen (590) 2003-11-12 8:47
A little dark but a very dramatic photo.
ricardoborges (117) 2003-11-12 8:55
This problem doesn't happens only in India, but in every "poor" country. Kids are the first to suffer when the situation isn't good
dsidwell (9783) 2003-11-12 9:04
Very moving and magnificent image that will stay with me all day. With your desaturation technique--are the colors you added for a sepia effect? the tone is just perfect. I'll try a little magenta when I need a sepia to experiment. Thanks for a wonderfully emotive image, and for helpful comments--both about India and about photography.
Edwin (188) 2003-11-12 9:31
Very touching streetphotograph Steeve! This is a winner for me. I appreciate your note, but this picture speaks for itself. Words are superfluous and become obsolete while looking at it... Very confronting motive.
light (865) 2003-11-12 9:57
Striking photo, very well composed, superb in B/W. Gives a lot of information about the situation, the dramatic situation and the daily living of young children in India.
Very good definition, perfect cropping, perspective and angle of the girl.
ninadev (5377) 2003-11-12 10:06
Very touching image. Un believable how the degree of dirt on her cloth is the same as the dirt on which she is sleeping, no wonder passers by don't even see her. Can this white paper she is holding in her hands be the only hope she has of a better life ? There is no qualification for such an image that translate the extent of emotion it provoques. Too bad there are no "crying" smileys to give.
zto (292) 2003-11-12 16:24
This picture touches my hart. It is poverty when showing it's most uggly face and effects the children.
kellyfajack (0) 2003-11-12 16:39
Damn good foto mate. Sums up the caste system all in one foto. Well done.
PLD_images (7149) 2003-11-12 17:07
It is a very stunning picture. Good capture of expression and moment. It's disturbing to look at, but very powerfull at the same time.
What can I say buddy, you have moved me with this shot...
Coyote (457) 2003-11-13 22:13
And then you think, "this is only one of millions and millions"- and you can't even remember why you were feeling sorry for yourself. And now the guilt for even thinking of yourself- very moving, powerful photo done with mastery. Emotions, I do have some, and this surely brings them to the fore......
Darren (6823) 2003-11-15 4:35
It is really hard to imagine this being more impactful Steeve. I think technical considerations are unimportant here, but you have really posted a shot which raises emotion, one of the most difficult things for a photographer to do.
clodreno (0) 2003-11-16 10:11
What a nice pciture. I don't know Calcutta yet but the day will come....soon. Ans some epople are doing good things for kids there. You can visit http://www.galopinsdecalcutta.org/
Nice shot Steeve, people MUST see those kind of pictures.
scalerman (26900) 2003-12-01 19:04
i think it's important to document the darker side of life. very fine eye, steve.
numahr (350) 2003-12-07 18:57
One of the best of those "human misery shots" from India. The girl's beauty, her weird position on the ground, your choice of desaturation... make it very moving. Thanks Steeve.
elena (1054) 2004-05-09 20:39
i wish we could congratulate you without that huge smile, because it is hard to smile when struck with this terrible reality...
Iīve been to Bombay (Mumbay) in 1996 and couldnīt sleep the first nights just trying to think what could be done to bring a solution to misery when people believe they deserve it, itīs the way itīs suppossed to be, itīs their destiny, etc... after a few days/weeks realized sometimes WE have to learn to be humble and accept reality, and tolerant and respectful of other cultures... but i agree i still canīt stay unmoved: nobody should live that!
belido (19934) 2007-04-20 22:05
I'm happy for the perfect shot but very sad for this girl. Poverty exists all over the world but and the rich people is not doing anything to equalize those BIG differences. Of course you should take this picture. Let us, at least, think of doing something about that.
marine-coeur (768) 2009-11-24 11:32
Absolutely terrible this child is suffering! Who is going to help her? please do something about it,
Great message and painful image, we hope the image like this can be helpful one day ..
thank u STEEVE for your concern and also your great message,well done.
- Copyright: steeve gosselin (steeve) (1497)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Black & White
- Date Taken: 2003-04-00
- Categories: Daily Life
- Camera: Nikon Coolpix 995
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): The uglier, grittier side of life., Death [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2003-11-12 8:46
- Favorites: 5 [view]