Sa Pa’s Schoolyard
I took this picture during recess time of students of Lao Chai Elementary School. This is the lone school in this minority area about 14 km South of Sa Pa town. 90% of children in the area never had a chance to hold a pen simply because their parents could not afford the expense. Instead, teenager boys normally follow their fathers into the jungle, hunting or cutting timber. The duty of girls in this range of age is hand-weaving, dyeing and making clothes for entire family, or going to rice paddies to do the family agriculture. Kids stay home to take care of their younger siblings, or waiting along trekking paths to sell souvenirs to tourists.
When we stopped by to visit, the teachers asked us to not turn their students into beggars by giving money. They said, “please only donate pens and pencils and notebooks”.
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marieaude (1196) 2005-05-04 5:46
This photo is very nice and funny. I like this little girl jumping and her shade on the floor. Very good. Thank you
maciekda (19895) 2005-05-04 5:46
very nice photo Thanh, good moment with that girl in the air, i like her shdow on the ground also, the compo is quite nice - simple but not messy. and your story is interesting. good work
Sapa area is so beautiful
rbcy1974 (20758) 2005-05-04 5:54
Nice photo, well captured action. I really like the background and the note.
cyril (2748) 2005-05-04 6:00
Very good action shot.
I like the feeling of movement.
A pitty the right top part is overexposed.
PSYOPS (0) 2005-05-04 6:01
You've made the right choice of light direction. Yes, "backlight" it not easy, but once you've got it, you've "got" it!
You are in love with "action pictures", aren't you?
hugolef (4909) 2005-05-04 7:44
a nice compo, shot at the right time. Nice frame, and i like this game of light and shadows.
pascal13 (2098) 2005-05-04 8:01
Very nice this photo,I like this impression of lightness,given by the two little girls suspended in the air,and the shadow on the ground who is repeated round the flight of one bird.Very good work.
Homerhomer (4080) 2005-05-04 8:23
Interesting note and great picture, the action of every child doing something or looking somewhere, the composition, shadows and light all make for a very good photo. Good exposure and debth.
tongapup (0) 2005-05-04 9:07
lovely. i like the way the girls are arranged in the frame, and two are in the air. the lighting is nicely handled and the shadow is a perfect touch too. it's a very light-feeling photo, quite beautiful.
Elise_d (1943) 2005-05-04 11:44
Beautiful. I love that your composition includes shades. Love the space around the girls that let them move. Love the lighting. Again, a gret shot
lebich_1972 (1656) 2005-05-04 13:05
So nice ! I can feel the fresh air and the warm of the sunshine.
Iam always proud of you !
Keep clicking Mr. Thanh
Luan (12971) 2005-05-06 4:18
I think I've already seen this picture in your gallery, may be you have reposted it. Whatever, I like the scene here, the girls playing give a nice dynamic in your composition. I lke the shadows of the jumping girl, it is not linked to her.
Good timing fo a good shot.
dolin (15647) 2005-05-20 3:47
Excellent action with a good timing.
I like these shades and this light.
Good framing and nice angle and POV.
(I come back for the smile)
Praetzer (2375) 2007-11-21 4:57
I see you have been there too.
Marveleous picture BTW. ALfred
- Copyright: Ngy Thanh (ngythanh) (8580)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2005-02-24
- Categories: Daily Life
- Camera: Canon EOS 10D, Canon EF 24-70mm L, RAW @ ISO 100
- Exposure: f/6.7, 1/250 seconds
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): My SAPA Collection /1/ [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2005-05-04 5:39