Of all Tokyo's wonders, the thing that struck me most when I first visited there were the throngs of neatly uniformed children--some as young as six or seven--that walked and took public transportation to and from school without adult supervision. As an American, this was shocking and worrisome at first, but amazingly these kids were as street savvy as any adult in urban Tokyo.
The girl in this photo was loaded down with a huge backpack (not visible), a shoulder bag, and a monstrous handbag that looked like it weighed as much as she did. There was a striking juxtaposition between her exhausted commuter expression, and her perky, starched uniform. I caught this shot while walking in front of her. To be surreptitious, I palmed my p&s camera, pointed it backwards and guess-framed the shot as I walked. It came out well, but you can see a suspicious glance toward me from the old man visible at right. Apparently members of the community do watch out for these kids, even though they're travelling alone. Good.
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BobTrips (1857) 2002-12-26 23:34
Good photo, good story. I find the 'yellow' guy on the right distracting (even though he adds to the story). A crop at the left edge of the sign cleans up the shot for me (and adds to the depth).
MrsClaws (16) 2004-08-05 13:51
crazy! I can't imagine sending kids alone on the subway. She is a beautiful little girl who looks like she is carrying the weight of the world.
sharkattack (268) 2005-06-11 19:24
very good captured and very good story............
Klapaucius (627) 2005-11-26 12:48
Nice and interesting subject, and good composition.
In response to BobTrips's comment about the "yellow guy", it looks as though you got your finger in the frame.
- Copyright: Sam Willard (sam) (897)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2001-05-00
- Categories: Daily Life
- Camera: Yashica T4, 35mm f/3.5, Fuji Superia 400
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Travelogue: Japan ~ 2001
- Theme(s): Japanese railway (colour), Japanese youth [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2002-12-26 23:26
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