Silesiana. Four Seasons in Upper Silesia.
At least eight people have been killed in a mining accident in Poland.
Skynews, 22 November 2006
RUDA SLASKA, Poland (AP) -- High levels of gas forced rescuers to suspend their search for 15 miners missing more than a kilometer (3,000 feet) underground Wednesday, and the Polish president said conditions were "getting worse" for anyone trapped and still alive.
Some 300 meters (yards) of rubble remain between the miners and where rescue workers have reached. Locator devices carried by the missing miners have been emitting no signals, and there have been no other signs that they are still alive.
The nearly 50-year-old Halemba mine, located in the heart of the Silesia industrial region
CNN News, 22 November 2006
Rescuers in southern Poland are battling to reach 15 miners trapped after a gas explosion that killed eight of their colleagues.
BBC, 22 November 2006
Photo: hands of a coalminer, taken this morning in front of Halemba mine.
No smileys, please !!!
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ninaL (21348) 2006-11-22 11:17
Ogromne dzieki za te wielka, bezslowna, kontrybucje. G.
coco (30439) 2006-11-22 11:22
Sad news from Poland.
Behind these hands we can feel the story of hundreds of lifes.
pgorod (1019) 2006-11-22 11:22
Very expressive photo. It's a known thing that hands are the most expressive and recognizable parts of the body, after the face. This photo eloquently illustrates that fact.
It's a pity that there isn't an extra inch at the bottom, to avoid cutting the fingertips out of the picture.
Still, a great photo that documents the tragedy in a very human way.
Emiel_Skyfreak (3002) 2006-11-22 11:25
So you have been at the place?
Great photojournalism, or such a thing. Well captured.
Well okay, no smileys then.
Great sharpness, fine exposure and framing. Good idea to capture these hands. A real pity you did rudely cut off the tops of the fingers on his left hand. Almost flawless.
designsoul (21492) 2006-11-22 12:02
Indeed very sad news from the Polish mines, Jerzy.
This shot is almost mystical.
Van Gogh's spirit lives in it, in the Flemish minefields.
Very expressive. Very beautiful.
I only wish you had included the entire left hand, but it doesn't take away the power of this superb shot.
brevbrev14 (140) 2006-11-22 12:02
Hi Jerzy, i am really sad about the news!
and your shot is a great homage to some people...but i think to all the people that have so hard work in a life...
I think i am lucky...
FOR THE FIRST TIME I SAY: THANKS FOR SHARING
AnimeshRay (9089) 2006-11-22 12:33
A sombre reminder of the catastrophy. These men help us be what we are.
riclopes (35577) 2006-11-22 13:45
Hi Jerzy, I came to see what I've been loosing from you and found these sad news. And what a powerful image this is to share with us.
pasternak (15183) 2006-11-22 13:53
Very strong picture. My condolences to the families of the victims... and I sincerely hope that the alive ones are still alive and remain alive... Yes this would be a miracle, but miracles sometimes happen...
everlasting (15190) 2006-11-22 15:14
The upturned hands look so helpless as indeed they are. If only you had included the entire left hand but that does not deter from this sensitive post.
jaywalker (16101) 2006-11-22 17:03
Hi Jerzy, these hands have worked very hard & it would not suprise me if the work was for pennys, a shot with real sadness behind it, i dont know how long you had to set the shot up but it is a pitty the tips of the fingers are missing, however this photo is welcome on TE, kind regards Wilson.
Rinie_Hoff (9340) 2006-11-22 17:31
Hi Jerzy, this is a real tender and sad shot. The hands say it all, they are empty.
I was really sorry to hear the news today, that these fine men lost their lives in that mine. I can imagine that it was so emotional.
Thanks for this honest photo.
dawekato (2269) 2006-11-22 17:45
A very profound image. There is so much information in the details. Very expressive. Good composition. I imagine this was cropped from a larger image (well done), but it has made the picture a bit grainy -- I have this problem all the time. Perhaps a higher original resolution would make the image smoother. Keep up the good work. P.S. informative note, too.,
Clairedelune (4923) 2006-11-22 18:46
You went there? I'm sure it was a very difficult time for you to be there...
Thank you for those hands. The hands of a working hard man. The hands of a living man.
I just hope that the cause of the blast will not add to the already too long stories of failing of security measures or of safety standards. I heard that this mine was supposed to be closed in the months coming... It angers me...
And yes, I hope the 15 miners trapped will still be alive, though the last news I'm reading right now are far from being optimistic.
Now, words are difficult to find to express my feeling. So, let me share some silence with you, my friend...
jinju (14265) 2006-11-23 0:09
tragedia, co innego pisac? Pamietam ze w ostatnim roku tz byla u was tragedia jak zawalil sie ten budynek. Zdjecie mocne, wymowne, piekne i tragiczne.
barrufeto_77 (28886) 2006-11-23 1:02
Yesterday I read it in the newspapers. A disaster.
My best wishes to the family of those people.
mark88 (2) 2006-11-23 1:51
Bardzo mocna i wymowna fotografia.
Gregtom (7169) 2006-11-23 2:10
Wygląda na to, że jesteś w samym sercu tej strasznej tragedii i jesteś wśród tych, którzy stracili swych bliskich. Te ręce pokazują, jak wielki jest trud tej pracy...
Wszyscy łączymy się w bólu z rodzinami Ofiar, a za Nich samych będziemy się modlić...
Paolo (41222) 2006-11-23 4:20
Hi Jerzy, that image is fantastic. one of your better from many times in my opinion!
great and brilliant composition, excellent quality and great mood.
it's sad that this image was used for a so terrifiant note.
jlynx (12647) 2006-11-23 4:29
Bezradność, ogromny żal i bezgraniczny smutek wylewa się z tych dłoni, rozłożonych w geście bezsilnego bólu.
syd1946 (18663) 2006-11-23 5:22
Sad photo,sad story,sad accident!
Hope it is the last...
rbcy1974 (20758) 2006-11-23 7:31
My condolenses to the families of the victims, your photo is a great tribute to them and to others who toil away in thankless hard jobs.
marknunnerley (2780) 2006-11-23 14:31
God rest their souls Jerzy,
your photograph speaks volumes here. I am so very, very, sorry.
isabela_sor (47748) 2006-11-24 9:53
....a tragedy ....
ainem (252) 2006-11-24 10:29
Bardzo poruszajace zdjecia i oczywiscie kondolencje dla rodzin i przyjaciol
KevRyan (22956) 2006-11-26 14:36
It is rare here on TE that an image reaches to the very heart of something in the way that this does .....an image taken so closely as this, from a place and time which will always have so much meaning to so many people......a tragic moment and one of great loss.....when I heard about this on the news i thought of you and how it would affect you as a Polish countryman...to find out you were there and reading what you wrote to George I understand so much of your image and your reaction to the circumstances.....to stay in such a moment requires such a detachment as a photographer....a strong image of working hands evoking so much without knowing where and when it was taken - a very profound image when you do know!
best wishes Kev
sufi (9588) 2006-11-28 4:54
Merhaba Jerzy, my friend...
It's a wonderful point of view and very dramatic composition... The note is very dramatic and so sad too... Perfect close-up shot too... The light and the details are also perfect...
battousai (827) 2006-12-03 9:08
Zobaczylem to zdjecie i mnie zatkalo...
Jest niesamowite... az brak mi slow.
Curioso (9271) 2006-12-05 4:28
I just like your compo very much. Great tribute to coalminers.
ilghiz (708) 2007-04-26 23:27
the only fault is the cropped tips of the fingers.
use of pseudographics for the title is a good idea.
and it correlates well with the hands.
the asterisc in parentheses stands for treasure in hands, doesn't it.
The treasure is not coal or gold, the treasure is what these hands can do.
You should have wrritten NO SMILIES at the top of your note.
- Copyright: Jerzy Bucki (bantonbuju) (51815)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2006-11-22
- Categories: Decisive Moment
- Exposure: f/6.7, 1/40 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Theme(s): Kev's favourites 2, Mining and miners, Silesiana, Disheartening, Trekearth Book 2008: People, A_Your Favorites [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2006-11-22 11:14
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