Pastor Rajkumar and Kuppamma.
Kuppamma is now 85, she was married at her early age of 13 years. Her husband passed away leaving his wife and daughter. By working a a huse maid with small earnings she got her daughter married. Her son-in-law, who was an alcoholic, poisoned his wife and child, causing their death. Kuppamma continued to work unitl she became severly ill due to her age. Being unable to work she became totally dependant. With no one to take care of her she was guided to Vuyiroli. Now she is able to live in peace in her new home.
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dolin (15703) 2006-02-16 5:49
Touchante cette scène et cette note.
En ce qui concerne la photo, c'est très bien fait. J'avais un peu de peine au départ avec ce visage flou en angle et pour finir je le trouve intéressant comme ca.
La position des 2 femmes, l'ambiance qui règne, la faible lumière, le regard et l'attitude de cette vieille dame...sublime.
Très poignante ton image
sathiyan (206) 2006-02-16 5:53
A pain full photo with sad note. Thanks for showing keen intrest in this subject.Once again thanking you..
ash_parikh (2266) 2006-02-16 6:07
what a powerful shot. lovley composition and nice capture of the moment.
Furachan (0) 2006-02-16 6:24
Extraordinary POV, Maciej. I love (as you know!) the OOF Pastor on the right, all focus (sharp!) on the lovely old gal. This is the kind of photography that INSPIRES us, my friend, I mean I can "see" the approach to it and internalize it, both as a photograph and a very touching document. Very precise notes that really tell the story.
Pro all the way!
jinju (14265) 2006-02-16 7:01
Wow Maciek, what a touching scene. I am floored by the humanism here. Your photos from India have been great. I hope you are over that little crisis as you really turned out some great shots.
markoci (3933) 2006-02-16 8:26
this is absolutely wonderful maciej (i'm sure even sohrab won't have any complaints here :-)...) a moving photo of this frail old lady, so thankful for the care received. technically flawless (compo, pov etc..) and excellent notes too. your best for a while and possible my all time fave from you. congratulations!
sohrab (7439) 2006-02-16 10:03
nope this is very delicately taken.. you should make more photographs like this.. no complaints at all this time.. :)
MKING (3054) 2006-02-16 10:24
You've managed to not to portray her purely as a victim but in a manner very fitting of her new life, and hopefully, better future. The concentration of hands is especially interesting. Very fitting document of Kuppamma.
AnimeshRay (9089) 2006-02-16 11:07
A searing portrait, done with absolute precision. I could go on and on about the technical excellence, but ultimately it is in relation to the extraordinary note that the true value of this portrait emerges.
Albrecht (11281) 2006-02-16 11:36
What an old lady. And you have captured here well;sharp and with great use ofd DOF and POV.
don_narayan (2014) 2006-02-16 11:38
Czesc Maciej. Here is the kind of strong shot I have been waiting for. Really good angle and motion, DoF is perfect and excellent tones. You really packed a lot into the 50mm and still have some space. Her pleading hands are just amazingly captured. Great work... and note.
PeterC (2242) 2006-02-16 11:40
Very touching and so so fragile. Inspiring stuff. Hope you are over your little blip. This looks like you are back to your best
erdna (5711) 2006-02-16 11:48
A powerful shot with terrific composition! The inclusion of the pastor and the woman in blue behind made this a picture that tells a story. Very well done.
naxius (16685) 2006-02-16 14:19
Really a nice moment you catched here.
Splendid pov and dof..
I love that compo and very touching note.
arindam_thokder (3987) 2006-02-16 23:21
Your “Vuyiroli Wellfare” reportage is the best I think in your India tour this time. "Rotting injury" is one of my fav. Excellent work Maciej. Everything is just perfect in this story.
everlasting (14698) 2006-02-17 1:15
Maciej this is one of your best!! You are back on a roll. You have everythign in this - colours, DOF/OOF, placement, humanity, I am not going to list all the techs, isnt a pohoto just to soeak to us and this shouts at me. It is my photo of the day.
jjcordier (78392) 2006-02-17 1:17
What a touching scene, Maciej!The face of the old woman ist cery expressive and relate his history.
Very good photo
kevinos (7403) 2006-02-17 4:37
Breathtaking. A really powerful shot, full of humain interest. The use of DoF is wonderful
greg (2835) 2006-02-17 6:28
Sad story, very beautiful image.
Svillegas (1169) 2006-02-17 7:00
Lovely shot, great composition and superb use of the DOF centering all the interest on the woman.
Have a nice day,
eleparc (24063) 2006-02-18 12:04
what a touching story and your already excellent photo takes yet another perspective! Brilliant shot Maciek!
I met Manny today in Bangkok. He spoke highly of you and your work!
keribar (43841) 2006-02-19 1:54
When I see this kind of really " great " pictures it's hard to believe that you knew nothing about photography. All the elements which form this one are so well placed that it looks as if it is a kind of theater where all movements are repeated on every performance. So natural, and the out of focus face of the upper corner is a gem for me. One of the best pictures I discovered in TE recently. Izzet
Niara78 (0) 2006-02-19 16:50
This is such an emotional photo, full of heartfelt expression. It's painful to look at her face. Thank you for sharing.
bullabulla (3488) 2006-02-22 16:43
it is a beautiful picture very strong in sens
Luko (14000) 2006-02-23 6:43
Won't speak about composition and timing which all both are brilliant (except the aperture which is a little bit too wide open, the transition between the guy's face and arm is perhaps too abrupt, but that's minimal).
Just to say I really like the way the 5D sensor catches light, very filmic, it looks like a Kodachrome 64, better than the 20D which can sometimes be critical with the highlights.
A pity it's so expensive... a new 5D is not on my financial plan, and the 30D is a scam.
tongapup (0) 2006-02-27 13:11
Hmmm... very good image. The lighting is wonderfully managed and it looks so sharp. The hand in the frame is perfect, it adds something essential, a little bit off-beat; without it, we would have just another portrait, but now we have the feeling of something happening. We are witnessing communication and (from the expression on her face) emotion. I love your choice too to keep the FG head in the frame on the right. Super.
mrbialy (2568) 2006-02-28 7:18
Hello. Another very good photo with amaizing quality and of course composition like always, but the most important here is for me her eyes....man....
bantonbuju (51787) 2006-03-01 12:34
wielki pokłon przed tym co robisz, maciek, wielki pokłon!
nie ma co się rozpisywać bo słów nie starczy;
highman (1185) 2006-03-04 8:52
Geniale ujęcie. Nawet bez zagłebiania się w komentraz z twarzy kobety mozna wyczytac, ze wiele w życiu przeszła. Tabie udało się to świetnie oddać!
pastor_rajkumar (0) 2006-03-20 6:31
This is Rajkumar of Vuyiroli (Light of Life)
Thanks for the beautiful photographs which surely would have touched many hearts of the people around the world. Do you receive any enquiry from any one asking more details to relate with our humanatarian service. In that case we are very much happy to respond.
yanseiler (20) 2006-05-16 7:02
Hi Maciej, excellent warm colors and an all in depth compo, I like this strong image with the interesting note.
s10001in (0) 2006-08-01 18:21
Very touching shot../
I have seen this things for few years since I also worked for thema bit..
Well taken shot...
I afried to say nice shot..coz lot of reality involved..
Mistral (15402) 2006-08-28 18:35
a great touching image with a great powerful note.
Perfect work with great DoF...
It's due of your images that I'm here... :-)
Thanks a lot!
hayzen (1017) 2006-09-25 13:50
Very moving, both the image and the story.