A tired rickshaw man, waits in the street for his next customer, I have no idea how long he has been working today, but I think that it is the beetlenut chewing that is keeping him going rather than the energy from food.
Seeing Mark's post of yesterday gave me this idea to post this and Mark sorry, I hope you dont mind I have pinched your note:
Areca nut, or pinang, more commonly known as betel nut, is the seed of the betel palm or Areca catechu, a species of palm tree which grows throughout the Pacific, Asia, and parts of east Africa. The most important active principles of betel nut are arecaine and arecoline, alkaloids which are comparable to nicotine in its stimulating, mildly intoxicating and appetite-suppressing effects on the mind. It also contains the alkaloids arecaidine, arecolidine, guracine (guacine), guvacoline and a number of others that have not yet been studied extensively.
Betel chewing is a part of many Asian cultures, and preparation techniques vary from region to region. The nut is either slivered or grated, often flavored with spices according to local tradition and usually wrapped in a betel leaf (note: betel leaf comes from the betel pepper plant, Piper betle, which is not botanically related to the betel palm, Areca catechu), along with some lime (calcium oxide or calcium hydroxide) to better extract the alkaloids. Some people also chew tobacco with betel nut. After about 20 minutes of chewing, the fibrous residue which remains of the nut is spat on the street, where it remains visible due to its characteristic bright red color. Trails of bright red sputum lining the sidewalks are a sure indication of the popularity of betel chewing in an area.
Regular betel chewing causes the teeth and gums to be stained red; however, it may also reduce cavities.
Betel chewing is addictive. The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) regards betel nut to be a known human carcinogen.
Powdered betel nut is a constituent in tooth powders. Other medicinal uses include the removal of tapeworms and other intestinal parasites by swallowing a few teaspoons of powdered betel nut, or by taking tablets containing the extracted alkaloids."
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sarhanp (124) 2005-12-17 8:44
after seeing several monk pictures by you, this one is really made me happy. Because I beleive there are more attractive faces and compositions tham monks in Myanmar.
Thank you very much for going different places and posting photos as beautiful as this one.
flydragon (0) 2005-12-17 8:51
a beautifull portrait
and strong gaze
i love the color from the background
also the diagonal
well seen Elaine
markoci (3933) 2005-12-17 9:36
this is beautiful elaine, i think your best portrait yet! that piercing look creates a very strong connection with your subject. technically perfect, great light, dof and excellent details. lovely colours and textures in the background too. congrats!
no problem with the notes, i can't take credit for it anyways, just the result of some google search. i was always reassured when a bus driver was chewing the stuff (especially at night) and if the music was blasting too i felt quite safe :-)
(did a ws if you don't mind just to see how it'd look with a tighter crop)
don_narayan (2014) 2005-12-17 9:38
Hi Elaine. great portrait, very strong with that stare. great tones too and that red background looks good. nice work.
Sherrish (0) 2005-12-17 11:12
Very nice portrait. I like the composition and how the background colors draw the eye to his face. Nicely focused as well.
KevRyan (22956) 2005-12-17 13:21
There is so much of human experience and emotion written in those eyes - a very strong portrait of this hard working and so obviously tired man.
A really nice composition and well spotted for the colours too. I really like the lighting here!
p.s I wasn't hurt - he just bashed the camera but I did have another incident that night but got away OK.
best wishes Kev
alimo3 (6854) 2005-12-17 15:18
this is a beautiful portrait ,i like very much !
what a powerful gaze, and here the composition with the line made by the wall drive us direcly to the face of this man .
perfect exposure good shrpness and nice colors.
sebautourdumond (3108) 2005-12-17 15:38
Hi, Nice protrait with amzing colours on the background and diagonal is good. Thanks for your note.
designsoul (21492) 2005-12-17 17:51
Hello Elaine, a wonderful portrait of this rickshaw man with an intensity that is stunning. Love the shallow dof in front of that very warm burnt sienna coloured wall and the gorgeous clarity in his eyes. A beautiful work of art.
Furachan (0) 2005-12-18 3:23
The eyes just lock on and won't let go in this riveting portrait.
Very powerful stuff!
tinamunk3 (6408) 2005-12-18 6:04
I LOVE the light on this guys face.....it's gorgeous!! It's just a great portrait because of his look and the way he is looking at you and the "quiet" and warm rustic-looking background couldn't have been better. I think Mark did the right thing by cropping the "what ever it is" at the bottom.
sothy81 (9588) 2007-05-28 1:21
Great portrait of this man. He looks so serious here and may be wondering what are you doing with the camera with him. Great momentous shot. Well done with exposure and sharpness.
Greeting from Phnom Penh, Cambodia
- Copyright: Elaine springford (everlasting) (14850)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2005-10-14
- Categories: Daily Life
- Camera: Nikon D 70, Sigma 18-50 f2.8 EX DG
- Exposure: f/2.8, 1/200 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Date Submitted: 2005-12-17 8:37