I was waiting for the light to turn green while these two came begging and stopped by my car as they were 'intrigued' by the fact that I was smoking and Indians still do have inhibitions about girls smoking. So anyways, they came and kept bugging me for a few minutes and I politely refused but finally lost it. What did I do? haha, something really S.T.U.P.I.D.. I pulled out the camera and before they could figure out what I was doing, I clicked them. (that's why you see the rear view mirror and window half way down) That seemed to intrigue them even more and they starting asking me to show them the picture. Thankfully, the light turned green and I pushed off! Its quite a pain driving on Delhi roads and I so hate it (probably because of the jinx with punctures and madmen zipping around), but then there are times when there's no other option left but to drive down yourself.
Tech: Tried avoiding cropping the image too much (but had to do it a bit) and converted to black & white.
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travelyurt (276) 2004-09-28 11:11
Excellent photo, made all the better by your great note. I really love the expression you caught on the boy's face. The framing is excellent given the circumstances, and the black and white makes it very interesting to look at.
RGatward (20086) 2004-09-28 11:11
Interesting note, I wonder if that'll start a debate about smoking :-) Glad you kept all the image in the posting, helps to illustrate the spontaneous nature of the event you describe.
clodreno (0) 2004-09-28 11:20
The interesting story of an image.
composition is good, despite the fact that you had to act quickly.
oochappan (16171) 2004-09-28 12:58
Good composition, Smrithi and pleasant note to read, everybody got their way of handeling towards imposing beggars. I miss colors but that is a personal choice.
hdl (7035) 2004-09-28 13:18
Hi Smrithi, you should become a reporter. I like what you did here, and the text goes very well with it. Ok, the window and the rear view mirror is on it and it is a bit bothering, but the rest of the image makes it all good. I very much like the expressions you captured, especially the one on the boy and that's very good. The B&W is a good choice here. Thanks for sharing the story and the picture.
Yannick31 (917) 2004-09-28 13:46
Excellent, cadrage, attitudes des deux jeunes, spontanéité tout est très bon dans cette photo.
Bravo c’est une très belle photo qui en dit long sur la vie dans le monde !
Excel, framing, the attitudes of the two young people, spontaneousness all is very good in this photograph.
Cheer it is a very beautiful photograph which in known as length on the life in the world!
nwoehnl (122) 2004-09-28 13:55
Great reporter-style shot, Smrithi. Given the limited time you had to take it, it really came out great - I like the look in their big eyes, and the street scenery details visible in between and around their heads. B&w is of course the best choice. Great notes to bring home the story of it, well done.
Jeppe (18654) 2004-09-28 14:27
Nice capture and document of that incident of yours - This not a situation you will experience in Denmark - even theres poor people walking on the street (see this shot)
Thanks Smrithi, for sharing this and telling us details of the life in Delhi.
flydragon (0) 2004-09-28 15:31
a beautifull gaze from those children
and your note is good also
sure sometime its nice to know
how and why people took picture
we are all stupid sometime
but the problem is to admit ,o)
christina (2040) 2004-09-28 18:26
May God bless you driving on Delhi roads! Crazy Traffic!!!!On to the image...I think you captured the sadness of these children, having to beg for a living. you captured the innocence gone from their young faces.
dsidwell (9783) 2004-09-28 19:45
Very exciting note, and the photo is interesting, too. The expressions on their faces are fantastic. Good tones for black and white, and an overall good image!
Kenny10pin (19301) 2004-09-28 20:21
Very powerful image, I like their expressions, very good work
hojper (2832) 2004-09-29 3:53
A very interesting note - and considering it really is but a snapshot, you managed a very good shot of these two. The contrast is stark but fine. There is even a lot of movement in the picture, which suits the idea of shooting from the car. the rearview mirror and the reflection of the passenger seat doesn't bother at all.
elihesamian (26149) 2004-09-29 5:17
Great shot,Smrithi,Admirable,and fine in B&W,...and a good note again with your shot,very well captured & excellent,I like it,Thanks for posting.
RandomCameraGuy (3071) 2004-09-29 18:21
This is nice! I don't think a crop was necessary though, it's good to show the environment you shot in sometimes. Another thing is that side mirror. I don't know if it was possible, but maybe you could have possitioned your hand with a cigarette in such a way that it could be seen in the mirror.
retesh_gondal (173) 2004-09-30 1:21
Nice work Smrithi....you have already received great critique on your pic and note...nothing more to say its simply awesome...!!
jrzufferey (7305) 2004-09-30 7:18
Bonsoir Smrithi, merci pour ta note photographique, elle est d'une grande utilité, bravo aussi pour ton image beau portrait avec un cadrage excellent. Amitié/jr
ChrisJ (116108) 2004-10-03 3:13
A wonderful daily life shot. The motorcycle is strategically placed in the background & strenghthens the depth.
danielswalsh (13599) 2004-10-03 5:57
Interesting shot, complimented by an interesting story.
I think you did pretty well, managing the cig and the camera- and no smoke trails! Hahahaha
cgrindahl (6113) 2004-10-06 17:36
Wonderful image Smrithi and delightful note. I especially appreciate the spontaneity of the capture, including the window, mirror and reflection of the interior of your car. Of course, you make a good target for these youngsters, both as a woman smoking and as the owner of a car and a camera. Your title captures their expression well and I like your decision to opt for black and white. Excellent work!
mpb001 (4602) 2004-10-07 18:35
Interesting shot and notes, Smrithi. You have a very good eye for journalism and carrying your camera with you proves it. Super pic.
rabani (9645) 2004-10-22 1:45
Hie Smrithi. I have been studying your photos as well as Avi and one thing I have learnt is this;B/W works so well when it comes to documenting India and its hardship. It just draws people to the intrinsic values rather than its photographic.
Your note, pretty evocative as well and you inadvertently used yourself as a comparison to your subjects and surrounding. Which is more revealing. The best way to photograph a subject is when you are a part of it.
sohrab (7439) 2004-11-15 9:30
i somehow don't like your note at all
just being honest. i feel that it has a pretty derogative tone towards these beggars, moreover your attitude seems to be more of a mocking one. i really don't understand why people have found this delightful and nice and all that. there's a big chance that i might have misunderstood your note, so maybe you should clear up my thoughts here :)
as far as the photograph is concerned. it's quite good as a photograph. whatever flaws are there have alreasy been pointed out. because of your note i can't seem to plunge into your image here and therefore appreciate it even more. for that i'd have to look at the photograph through the photographer's viewpoint and that viewpoint for me lacks a lot in empathy for these people. so i cant :(
like i said before and i'm repeating it again, i might have misunderstood your note.
take care :)
zeus (1462) 2004-11-16 9:03
congratulations...about you taking the picture without they figure out what you were doing is one of the secrets about good pictures in most of pictures where people appears. the way they look at you is really intrigate...they been close, but also the backgroud appearing gives even more value to the picture.
bebel (7588) 2004-12-17 11:47
very great job as the note explain. I like the face's expressions and the eyes of the boys, really living. The B W is good choice for this picture, I like it really. Thanks Smithi.
Puja (0) 2005-01-11 2:10
Indeed a very good picture.
anil-ahuja (327) 2005-02-09 23:53
This is a great image
starbug (6924) 2005-06-30 5:59
Your note makes a perfect story to the image, and the image itself is great- taking them by surprise gave an excelent effect...
Rhiannon (1728) 2007-03-07 6:07
I like the authentic feeling in this one. Like from a documentary or something. The B&W and grain suits this perfectly. I like their faces and positions in the composition.