I can go in to verbal overload on my notes - this time I will leave it to you, the viewer, to fill in the story. Hopefully lots to work with: images of religion, of politics, of transport, of tourism, ...
The shot was taken during one of the Uyuni Salt Pan tours - Colchani is one of the satellite villages to Uyuni that is an early stop on day 1 - before entering the salt plains proper.
By the way, for the Bev's (Glint) and others of the world of TE: Evo Morales, whose re-election posters are featured, is one of the good guys of 21st century politics. On being elected for his first term of office as president of Bolivia, one of his earliest actions was to cut the salary of the President of Bolivia by 50%. In the privacy of his own home, I suspect he still has a good giggle about the (ever-so-slightly) left-of-centre politicians that the Labour and Liberal movements have left us in many parts of the world. Evo still uses 'old-fashioned' concepts like "nationalisation" and "redistribution of the wealth of the nation" - and actually carries them out.
Damn, and there was me promising not to go in to verbal overload.
*** Later addition to the note ***
I have been asked on the title of the picture and the reference early in my note to tourism features: The eroded stone structure is one of the classic tourist destinations in the Uyuni Salt Plains area - known as the "Arbol de Piedra" - Stone Tree. I was playing a little bit with the image within my image and a little bit with the kind-of reflections in the two halves of the windscreen.
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marietom (34609) 2010-11-13 9:52
Like this kind of composition. Nice colors.
s_lush (16134) 2010-11-13 12:24
This is a very interesting composition with political and even philosophic implication. The image is very well captured under excellent light, with highly good quality. The note is a very useful textual addition to the visual information. Very well done!
Fis2 (96701) 2010-11-13 12:27
Interesting reportorial photo.
Good frame ad composition.
I like curious colors.
Photo has climate.
ciakgiak (30431) 2010-11-13 13:53
molto bella e particolarmente interessante questa composizione così originale e colorata, bello il taglio e qualità eccellente. Buon WE.
un caro abbraccio
adramad (45302) 2010-11-13 14:29
Curiosa y original composicion, con sus implicaciones de politica y un poco de filosofia, poco habitual estilo de cartel político, el lugar de colocacion, este viejo parabrisas, tampoco es corriente, por todo ello una foto muy oportuna y digna de exponerse.
Pasa un buen fin de semana.
BluSimo (9392) 2010-11-13 14:45
an image like that we can look in some films... gangster-stories and shady dealings. the slim frame attracts the look for first. then the holes and the leaks on the glass continue to increase the suspence. it's very interesting, like your text.
a wonderful week end
delpeoples (57590) 2010-11-13 16:20
Hi Iain, hehehe not overload at all, very interesting, as is this photo. I like the tight cropping it focuses us on the windscreen and what this poor car has endured. What an unforgiving landscape this must be. I'm away from a puter with post-processing programs, but when you get Photofiltre, I think it's look great with the light reduced a little and the saturation ramped up. I've read your response about post-processing and will respond when I have a bit more time. TFS and I hope you enjoy your Sunday, Lisa
macondo (19483) 2010-11-13 21:51
You can go into overdrive if you like, unlike this car. I have read something of Evo, who of course is a 'communist' like Chavez. He should have been in charge of the USA - perhaps those banks, instead of being too big to fail, would have been seen as too bloated to be bailed out. Strange world it is when leaders like him are vilified and ridiculed here, at the same time as bankers get astounding increases in their already obscene bonuses when the world is supposedly in a crisis.
Anyway, I'm also going into verbal overload when I should be saying that the photo is a stunner, and the panoramic clip is just right. You wonder who was in the car when the holes were made in the windscreen. A banker perhaps, all tied up? I guess you've adjusted the saturation a bit, but it has the right effect.
There's a great story in this one, and you're right, we have to fill it in.
clic (16939) 2010-11-14 7:25
Why do I think of an eminent mafia "godfather" who got killed three days ago in his home, here in Montreal, with a single bullet through the window?!!
This old car appears as a relic of the underworld!
yedirenk (11244) 2010-11-14 12:32
Hi dear Iain,
an original composition,very impressive details..amazing presentation..interesting scene,like from a western film..very well done.TFS
chris04stop (6805) 2010-11-14 15:57
Ma bravissimo! My compliments, Iain! With this strong and dramatic image you tell a hard story. This is SO a clever photo, my dear friend!
jhm (152178) 2010-11-15 3:52
Perhaps as daily life picture find I this excellent, as picture get we perhaps the reality but the picture is not lovely as subject.
You asks honest reply in your intro, but I've a lot respect for your photowork.
Excellent composition, lovely presentation.
Very well done, TFS.
Longroute (19396) 2010-11-15 3:54
No verbal overload! Just interesting information.
And a fine and well composed image. I really love this batten (I hope that is the right word...) lorry, a very photogenic subject.
And those political posters enhance the symmetry of the composition and create a striking contrast. I wonder if those holes on the glass were a gun firing meant for Evo.... (:-).
Just one curious thing: your titles, like this one, are often mysterious. They may be obvious for Spanish speaking people but not for all: Trees of stone? Why?
All the best,
jafadabret (56501) 2010-11-15 5:56
Cette photo semble provenir d'un vieux film en technicolor.
J'apprécie le commentaire. Il y a beaucoup d'hommes d'état qui pourraient s'inspirer de la conduite d'Evo Morales !
Le titre est dans l'affiche collée deux fois sur le pare-brise.
Beau travail sur les textures !
John_F_Kennedy (43665) 2010-11-15 7:11
Beautiful image wonderful detail and colours superb composition beautifully presented
ruisc_pt (10892) 2010-11-15 13:41
fantastic observation upon the title...
Great close-up Iain
rodgerg (55767) 2010-11-16 4:08
Very interesting shot, very orginal too. I like particulary the efficinece framing and the formta of image well selcetd. The details of the composition are too particulary well collected.
wolf38 (31296) 2010-11-16 7:34
Hi Iain. Rust. Broken glass. An old car. It has seen better days. A truly original photo. One has only to open the thumbnail to see everything. Well seen and presented. Regards, wolfgang.
kordinator (20515) 2010-11-18 1:56
Interesting reportorial photo.
Interesting format for this great composition.
I like curious colors.
Well written information.
Haymotion (2753) 2010-11-18 4:38
Muchos gracias para tu commentario..
Las fotos de tu galeria son muy bonito
Me gusta mucho este..
Paresse un caro de banditos !!
Que passe un bon dia
yeln (11516) 2010-11-18 6:41
zelo zanimivo! vsak si resnično lahko razlaga sporočilo fotografije po svoje. ideja je odlična so prestreljena stekla na avtu! dober strel!!TFS!
lep dan, vojko
ikeharel (70655) 2010-11-19 6:00
Good idea, Lain, I know many abandoned cars and trucks on the Bolivian desert, and it looks as the election campain got on there.
Fine prespective and contrast.
jlbrthnn (76037) 2010-11-19 8:31
The photograph is completely astonishing. I suppose that it died there of man in this truck, the policy is dangerous. A beautiful interesting image. Cheer.
Have a nice day
mauro61 (52855) 2010-11-19 9:34
mi colpisce molto questa immagine che sembra riportata da un film anni 60.
Ottima la resa di questo parabrezza e il taglio stretto con la polvere su di esso,
UlfE (14641) 2010-11-19 13:37
I really enjoy this picture and also your note. It is a really good idea to leave to the viewer imagnination what has happed here. You really wonder why this car was abandoned here, when it happened, why there are avertisemenst for some event on the windows. You probably have I better idea than I have but probably not very much better. TFS and have nice weekend!
Charo (51212) 2010-11-20 9:04
The photo is very original and daring, is part of our environment and is well photographed while not a pretty picture.
Excellent light and detail.
shevchenko (20516) 2010-11-22 19:37
Good frame to the broken windscreen, good contrast between the colourful poster with the old vehicle, interesting composition, informative note, thanks for sharing.
jmdias (63934) 2010-11-25 15:23
nice view, the broken windows created some graphism.
the image has an interesting meaning for me, the truck in ruins is a symbol of the wrong way bolivia is taking. I don't believe in people who use populism like a tool to improve things in a country.
zoomer (6) 2010-11-26 11:44
Very expressive statement rendered in just the right colors for the circumstances.Meaningful contribution.Regards Wolf.
kato (11630) 2012-02-20 4:28
This is a documentary and political photograph, so it is shocked that the windshield of a car has broken and that there are marks of a bullet. It is guessed that the poster stuck on glass is the President of Bolivia. Although the politics-and-economics situation of this country does not know much, it is known in South America some anti-American countries to be. I would like to cut down that cause at this site.