Let me tell you first that i have a strong affective feeling for this shot that is not technically perfect because of blur due to poor light and a slow shutter speed.
This was taken in Kampung Ayer a stilt houses shanty in the outskirts of Kota Kinabalu. We had spent an afternoon with a friend shooting 5 or 6 rolls each in K-Ayer and as darkness was setting, we were getting back at the hotel when a lady we had already met earlier -but who we didn't manage to take a picture of- came to me and asked why i wouldn't take a photo of her and the cat she was carrying in her arms (with the hindsight, the cat sure sounds like an alibi to have her own portrait taken). I replied that I would love to and started shooting, but just beside her, her daughter seemed outraged by her mother's query and from the little bahasa I understand, she told her she was rude and impolite to ask that to people she didn't know.
This shot is taken at the very moment she tells her mother her point of view.
This scan is made out of a special lith print on Kentona paper, which gives contrast and pinkish salmon tones.
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gringofil (0) 2003-04-26 22:49
Very, very nice...especially the little girls eyes. I'm wondering: who's playing the role of "mother" in this photo?
CedarBough (74) 2003-04-27 18:33
okay, so it's grainy and not perfectly focused- but it's a great moment, well caught. the expressions are lovely.
adam (860) 2003-04-28 2:56
A great story to go with a great capture. I commented on another shot of yours about the 'eyes' making it really interesting, and I feel the same way with this one. The eyes of the child looking up at the mother makes for a really powerful expression. I notice some dust spots from the scan you might want to clone out.
amadej (1285) 2003-04-28 13:47
Great! Story and the picture.
Porteplume (3403) 2003-04-28 15:10
The look on that girl's face is priceless! Very well captured moment & lovely story Luko...
philip_coggan (11) 2003-05-05 20:55
A very good 'story' picture. Travel photography can simply record a scene, but story-telling is much better - if it can be done.
numahr (350) 2003-12-07 19:40
Wonderful shot! the eyes contact and contrast in the expressions are very intense...
The mother seems actually so much more childish than her severe scarfed daughter, funny!
mrbialy (2568) 2005-05-25 17:45
I like this one. Is really simple but I like it. Maybe because exspresion on the face this girl is just true and just realistick. Maybe because is for me so optimistick picture. good luck
gmon (0) 2006-04-21 2:24
nice picture, i like the cat
Discaciate (129) 2006-05-22 11:31
First let me say that this is one of the best photos I have seen here on TrekEarth... and I have seen a lot of great photos.
The technical part of the photo does not detract any beauty from the scene. Even HBC used to take some blured and out of focus shots. In some cases it helps the picture, and I believe this is one of those. What I really liked is the fact that there is a slight blur on most of the photo but the face of the child and the mother are sharp. So the blur ends up giving more importance to what's really important on this photo: The faces.
Also loved the contrast and the noise on the photo. It gives it a more artistic feeling
The capture is, of course, priceless. There seems to be a slightly inversion of roles, with the mother acting more childish and the child taking a more mature tone. The center of this photo is the eyes of the child, and your capture was precise on this.
Maybe you should try to look at the imperfections of this photos with other eyes. In this case, they aren't really problems. A photographer should never get stuck on too rigid technics.
So, congratulations. A rare and beautiful photography, the kind of photo that makes me remember why I love photography so much... You captured a moment that would be forever lost, and you took that moment and made it available for a whole lot of people. That is PRICELESS.
nicoz (1979) 2006-11-10 11:58
C'est donc ta preferee. Je ne lavais pas vue (postee avant que je sache ce que c'est qu'un appareil photo il faut dire...) Rien que pour ces 2 grandes billes bien blanches ca vaut le cout de s'y arreter!!! Mai l'ensemble de la situation est genial.
Tu vas me trouver chiant (et t'auras raison), mais c'est quoi ce rectangle clair dans le ciel? Encore un mystere de la chimie??? Ca n'eneleve rien a la magie de l'instant!
Homerhomer (4080) 2006-11-11 12:20
"because of the connection, because of the moment we passed, because of the period of my life, because Asia was still Asia, because of the friendship, because of the hindsight... "
..because picture taken in your memory is much stronger than what camera can ever produce? guess I am paraphrasing someone.
Lovely tender photo, it isn't my favourite in your portfolio, not surprised it's yours, the emotional layers we personally attach to the image make the whole image, and only you can see it.
Wish I could see it in big print, you should have an exhibition, feel that many of your (especially bw film images) while very interesting on the web, don't even come close to what they shoul be, printed large. When you have your own exhibition I will come down to see it, my sister lives in Paris, would have been quite practical to combine visiting her with enjoying your images the way they were meant to be enjoyed.
Magritte (418) 2007-05-01 8:13
Celle-ci est magnifique...y pas d'autres mots...félicitations!
cliffchappell (223) 2007-06-22 13:31
First, let me say that I'm studying your photos in the (probably vain) attempt to better my own.
I couldn't help but chuckle at this one. It could well go in the humor category.
There is also a "visual irony" to this shout and I think that's what I like best about it. Everything about the young girl, from her face to her posture is so obviously "disapproving adult", while that of her mother is exactly the opposite. That is, to me, what makes any technical problems irrevelant although you have done a marvelous job of getting them to work for you with your printing choices.
- Copyright: Luko G R (Luko) (13998)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Black & White
- Date Taken: 1999-08-00
- Categories: Daily Life
- Camera: Leica R5, Leitz Elmarit R 35mm/2.8, Ilford HP5
- Exposure: f/2.8, 1/8 seconds
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Mother and Child, Domestic Cats, Cats in Asia [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2003-04-26 20:48