After the Tibet's invasion by the Chinese, a lot of of Tibetans exiled in India. The Dalai Lama settled in Macleod gangj and the place attracts many travellers.
Every morning, the first bus brings the beggars who settle day after days at the same places. Sat on the side walk, I observed an indian woman who was begging. She pinched her baby and made him cry. She was trying to explain to the people passing by that her baby is crying because he's hungry.
First of all, the scene shocked me but I stepped back and I said to myself that a mother has to be at the end of her sorrows to hurt her own child.
Tears contrast with the Tibetain temple and its cylinders prayers.
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clodreno (0) 2003-12-03 6:21
Another good shot of yours Steeve?. I like the way it's tilted, in fact this is whay I opened the thumnail. I like to see the prayer wheels in the background.
So you were there while I was in Tamil Nadu
femkevdh (2633) 2003-12-03 6:31
oof, sad story. Difficult to place yourself in that position. seems harsh indeed, but probably the only way to survive. No life for a kid hey?!
Anyway, the way you captured that little is just perfect. i like it that he/she doesn't look in the camera.
snsk (796) 2003-12-03 6:46
sad story & i am agree with Femke.
very strong portrait. I am posting a WS if you don,t mind.
iamxa (3101) 2003-12-03 7:01
Hard portrait. Technically well done, but sad a lot. I think it's very hard for a mother pinch her baby, and may be it's the only way she gets money. This situation is terrible and similar in poor places. Thanks for your note.
tms (429) 2003-12-03 7:40
great capture beautiful colors
great composition and details
Edwin (188) 2003-12-03 7:47
Hmm... I am still stunned by your note. It places the kid's tears in a very confronting and shocking context.
Nonetheless it is a beautiful child and you made an engaging picture. Thanks for sharing your note too, the last lines also reveal something about the photographer.
smil (566) 2003-12-03 7:58
Poor little kid ! his eyes are so beautiful and are, for me, the first thing on which I focus. A strong and thrue story of what may be the life of refugees. You give us such stories that remember us we are sometime really happy among lot of peoples of this world who are less lucky. Also a photo tecnically very good.
PLD_images (7149) 2003-12-18 11:02
Well a very sad storie indeed. I think that it is very important for you to add this note to the shot, because it gives the photo a whole different meaning. The sharpness is not all there, but you must have taken this "from the hip" and considering this, it's quite good.
AdiAdar (2500) 2004-01-04 9:56
very impresive portrait
maciekda (19895) 2004-02-10 1:00
it is a very sad scene, and your story makes it even more sad... the kid is a bit out of focus again, the focus is on the blue cloth... I think you had a lot of troubles with focusing in low light conditions.. I have the same problem with my G3... anyway, good scene
sengir (4956) 2004-05-15 17:19
Good photo, interesting story, but not new for me - once my friend worked in India with blind children - she had there a boy whose parents plucked his eyes to make him a good beggar
Luan (12971) 2005-03-19 14:42
This picture is great, the children doesn't look at us but it doesn't really matter. Your story is a bit sad, see what people can do for a bit of gratitude.
summersun (4978) 2005-03-20 6:59
Sad picture, bu really nice shot
peter1892 (1681) 2005-06-16 17:34
It is a sad picture, but a good document of a difficult situation. So many of us (and I include myself here) take & post nice photos of places we've been to, but for various reasons we don't take shots like this, even though many of us will have seen the nastier side of life in some of the places we've been to.
The photo is well taken, and the note is also very good.
- Copyright: steeve gosselin (steeve) (1497)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2003-04-00
- Categories: Daily Life
- Camera: Nikon Coolpix 995
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Theme(s): Regards d'Enfants du Monde, The uglier, grittier side of life. [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2003-12-03 6:18