I haven’t had time to fix my hard drive yet, so it may be a while before I can recover my North Korea pictures, but as I was in Papua New Guinea at the weekend, I thought I would post a few pictures from there this week.
The bottle shops in Port Moresby are a popular hang-out place, and there are always a few roadside stalls around them selling cigarettes and betel nuts. This cigarette vendor sells individual cigarettes to people who can’t afford to buy a packet, as well as lighters and betel nuts (the green fruits on his table in the foreground). His teeth are stained red from chewing betel nut, and the red marks you may be able to see on the kerb stones are from people spitting out betel nuts. Most of the roads and sidewalks in Papua New Guinea are stained like this because three out of four adults regularly chew betel nut. The lighters he is selling are 30t and 50t each (about 10 cents and 15 cents US).
I couldn’t stop the people in the background looking and beckoning at me because they don’t see too many tourists with cameras on their streets these days. The security situation is quite bad, and Moresby is definitely not a place that foreigners would go walking around on their own. You can hire a security guard to accompany you for 7 kina an hour (about US$2.30). I hired two to be on the safe side. They actually call themselves ‘guides’, and mine assured me that I would be perfectly safe with them as they were highlanders. “The lowlanders are scared of us because we are much fiercer than them,” they told me. One of my guide’s hands and wrist were tightly bound in bandages, so I assumed he had been in a recent fight. I didn’t like to ask if he had incurred his injury protecting one of his clients!
Usual PP: cropped, adjusted levels, contrast, saturation and USM.
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kensimage (8561) 2005-10-10 21:56
Welcome back, David, glad to see you survived North Korea! A very colorful shot here, both in the sense of physical color and "local color." I like the varied looks on people's faces, and the foreground gentleman's "betel nut smile."
Apparently the security situation has deteriorated a lot since I passed through Port Moresby in about 1985--it was considered potentially unsafe then but certainly nothing to require a security guard. It's sad to hear how it is now.
ktanska (24404) 2005-10-11 3:24
Very interesting daily life photo. It tells so much about this place. Sales items, debris, signs, very unhurried feeling... Also staring of some people tells they are not used to see foreigners. Very good composition and excellent note.
centurion (0) 2005-10-11 10:16
Excelent daily life capture here, David and also an excelent info note.
gaby (19819) 2005-10-11 10:59
Hi David nice to meet you on TE - superb and great daily life shot and very interesting note -
By moment, it's not very easy to shot peoples !!
Have a nice day
ahmet54 (3039) 2005-10-11 14:21
nice to meet you again on TE. I'm eager to see your pictures of North Korea. In the meanwhile you show us interesting pics of other parts of the world. This one is a good one - full of life.
aloyho (6798) 2005-10-12 9:47
You have composed this shot beautifully with the good distribution of the people and an interesting focus. There is so much to see and the culture is well presented. The clarity and colours are superb. I am glad you have not hesitated to take this shot despite the not-too-friendly situation. Well done!! Looking forward to see more.
leonorkuhn (16235) 2005-10-12 10:16
Very interesting picture. I have read something about Papua New Guinea but I don't saw any image of this people. The man has a strange smile displaying his red teeth. I like the facial expressions of them. Good capture in photojournalism style. I like it.
danielswalsh (13593) 2005-10-25 2:26
Another interesting shot David...
Reading your note- you got more guts then I do. I'm not sure if I'd be too keen on going somewhere where I need to hire security guards to accompany me.
I've seen the betel nuts on numerous travel programs (Discovery, National Geographic etc etc.), last I think was India that also has the betel nut.
Again- nice note to accompany the shot.
Polonaise (5802) 2006-03-23 19:33
Do you have any uninteresting photos in your possession David? Dull story,perhaps?
Anything that could you bring down to earth, to be closer with us - mortals.
What a story!!!! What a shot!(that's Gloria - not me)
What a story!!!! What a shot! That's me !
May God bless your wits
ellie (60) 2006-09-11 11:03
I wanted to know about this country and your photo and note tell me so so much!!! A prize winner in my book. Detail and sharpness are amazing. How do you manage such even and clear focus throughout??
vagabondtravels (6507) 2006-09-11 23:46
Great capture of daily life. What colors and very sharp. Well done.
jannaflo (0) 2010-09-14 9:07
I am intrigued by this photograph. I have come back to it again and again. Just recently I am enthralled with Papua New Guinea.
Such realism. So revealing of a culture. Thank you.
- Copyright: David Astley (banyanman) (7789)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2005-10-08
- Categories: Daily Life
- Camera: Nikon D100, Nikkor AF-S 24-120/3.5-5.6G ED, UV
- Exposure: f/7.1, 1/180 seconds
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2005-10-10 9:30
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