In my previous post, some of you asked for closer portraits of the children, so here it goes one of many I have of them.
This is the balcony of the house where we spent the night, which has a magnicient view, since it is located on the highest point of the village, close to the school. To the left of this image, you can see the view in WS1 taken an hour before the sunset. Kids were very shy at first, but slowly gained confidence, and the curiosity over the strange white folks got the best of them. They became more and more amused over being photographed, and after some time they were around my camera everytime they had a chance. Eventually I had to push them away so I could do other things... :)
This one was in the big batch of photos I mailed to them.
My previous image gave the idea that they are very poor and have a miserable life. I actually didn't have that perception. They do not go hungry, and seem to have their basic needs covered, although of course they are poor. It is a hard life though, especially for women. But children go to school and play all the time everywhere, until very late in the night. They play together, with no distinctions of age or sex. Girls above a certain age (around 6-8?)can be distinguished from the boys, because of they start wearing the traditional headgear and jewellery. Boys, as seen here, dress whatever they have in hand. The one in the middle, however, has a traditional necklace made of silver.
Teenagers have an interesting social life. Special houses are built for them, where they can do whatever they want away from their parents vigilance, up until they are married. Pre-marital, teenage sex is pretty much accepted. In WS2, you can see those houses, seen from this balcony, in the direction that the kids are looking.
My previous post, also gave the idea that this is a very dry area. Well, it's far from water sources, but there's green everywhere around the village and there's a rainny season of several months every year.
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ChrisJ (113309) 2008-02-07 3:57
A superb daily life scene from Laos. I like the inquisitive looks on their faces, excellent sharpness, & upward pov. Parabens!
Tue (36280) 2008-02-07 4:04
Excellent portrait of those boys. Great to see the curiosity on their faces. You chose an excellent, lower POV. Very well captured, thanks for sharing!
gilou530 (34) 2008-02-07 4:18
le regard curieux des gamins jailli de ta photo, superbe netteté et couleurs bravo
pablominto (53746) 2008-02-07 4:35
This is a well done group portrait!
So full of emotions, I can read the world into those eyes...
100% eye contact with all, that is rare in that age group!
Well framed suituation, effective composition!
everlasting (15224) 2008-02-07 4:46
excellent group portrait Ric, all clambering to get into the lens:)
Nice low POV and natural colours, I also think you note is thought written and well said. There are too many images here that portray or try to portray devastating poverty. I am not saying that families are not poor but its all relative, in many ways they have riches that we in the West have lost.
japiey (10163) 2008-02-07 5:03
Yes, your last post makes that impression of the village..POOR LIFE, and this note says a different story.
Young kids, energetic feel...
Good composition in a low POV.
Their looks say the story of life...
EXCELLENT, dear friend.
belido (19934) 2008-02-07 5:32
composição bem expressiva. Gosto dos olhares dessas crianças, mas apenas para a composição, porque existe uma certa tristeza que comove. Nesse ponto a foto foi bem convincente e realista. Muito bem apresentada. Meus parabéns!
jasmis (58022) 2008-02-07 6:25
Cute children. amazing group portrait in exotic scenery.
AiresSantos (56155) 2008-02-07 6:30
Uma captura fantastica !... os putos fizeram uma pose admiravel.
Definicao, enquadramento e luminosidade magnificas
Uma das tuas melhores fotos do Laos
Um abraço Amigo
Paolo (41222) 2008-02-07 6:42
fantastic portraits Ricardo! thanks to the great POV you have a series of wonderufl euyes looking down to you, and us!
excellent quality and amazing tones too.
Cricri (118877) 2008-02-07 10:07
Une note intéressante qui accompagne ce petit groupe de garçons avec de belles expressions trés différentes, bon POV et couleurs, compliment
Have a nice evening for you
carper (96) 2008-02-07 10:09
those eyes ask you...... please I want on the photo
and yes there is Ricardo and he took a fine shot of the boys, very nice portrait photo, good photojob, have a nice evening.
p_m_geraldes (774) 2008-02-07 10:16
Gosto muito desta foto. As cores estão muito naturais, e as expressões dos miúdos estão espectaculares.
stego (24132) 2008-02-07 16:46
O ganguezinho da aldeia. E o chefe é o que tem a camisola do "the gang"! :D É engraçado que cada um tem uma expressão diferente, qual delas a mais interessante, todas cheias de vida.
No post anterior hesitei em escrever que me dava a sensação que os miúdos pareciam bastante felizes. Folgo em saber que tiveste essa sensação, que acho que transparece bem nesta.
Um abraço, José.
paura (47186) 2008-02-07 17:20
Parece que você andou fazendo a alegria da garotada. O jovem à esquerda, em especial, parece muito curioso.
lucasgalodoido (22230) 2008-02-07 20:52
esses retratos seus das crianças são ótimos, o curioso é que cada uma tem uma expressão diferente nos rostos, curiosidade, medo, alegria, espanto... legal né!
Parabéns e Abraço!
emka (96565) 2008-02-07 23:46
I like very much this shot from Laos. The kids everywhere are the same, so curious. Wonderful POV and sharpness. Thanks for sharing.
P.S. Very good note!
papagolf21 (101008) 2008-02-08 0:35
Bonsoir, mon ami Ricardo,
Excellente note qui permet de mieux comprendre la photographie. Votre voyage est un véritable reportage sur les us et coutumes des habitants, et en cela, grâce à vous, nous apprenons beaucoup. L'intérêt de TE, trouve tout son intérêt à travers vos prises de vue.
syd1946 (18663) 2008-02-08 3:51
Where did you find this group of children!All of them use a different point to atract your lenses ;)An important image,for sure well captured in light and colors also.Life is difficult for the poor people and this must be changed and hope that the children keep alive their innosence and the smile...
wishes for the weekend,
rajiv_077 (1412) 2008-02-08 5:12
This is very nice, nice compostion and 3d view, just look kid's expression, they are so curious, Nice lights and soft colours in this picture.
indraajeet (1912) 2008-02-08 6:03
nice shot. superb expression of the boys
vincz (19113) 2008-02-08 7:00
I love so much their attitude. The boy on the left in particular has a fantastic glance. Great catch, so unique!
delkoo (68) 2008-02-08 7:54
a beautiful daily life scene, great portraits, a warm and most welcoming scene. Great POV, excellent framing.
have a nice w.e
manatee (4668) 2008-02-08 13:17
Veras en los paises subdesarrollados cmo Mexico o Laos, es muy comun ver este tipo de casa y situaciones, el mundo es muy dispar e injusto, me encnataria que el ser Humano fuese mas HUMANO pero no lo es avces pienso que somos los peores seres vivs en el planeta. Sinemabrago no todos somos asi y eso me alegra.
Espero la situacion algu dia cmabie y haya gobiernos mas ideales, la idea de la union Europea es hasta ahora lo mejor, ojala y todos nos podamos ayudar y asi poder logarra una mejor economia, pero se necesita sacrificios y nadie quiere hacerlo.
Acerca de tu foto, me gsuto mucho, los dos ninos a los lados llamaron mcuho mi atencion. Sus miradas de sorpresa y de curiosidad me atraparon.
Ten un buen dia amigo y un exelente comienzo de fin de semana.
Waylim (25502) 2008-02-08 19:01
Ola, Ricardo, Another great shot of the boys and very interesting story of the village and their culture. Have you been to the Lao Hmong village? They are some that migrated to the u.s after the vietnam War. They had to leave because of their general helped the American during the war. Just wonder if there's still Hmong people aroun in Laos?
Stepan (27210) 2008-02-09 0:14
Another world again, another way of living... And you come back to Europe and you see the kids never happy, always asking for more... That's so useful and important to see there are so many ways...
JCG (35129) 2008-02-09 9:54
Five different glances on this photograph. They seem especially intrigued by your presence and the interest that you carry to them, I suppose. Beautiful tight framing of this small group of children of this village. Thank you for the complementary photographs and in particular for this splendid sunset, I like much the light on the mountain.
With all my friendships and a very good WE,
Didi (60588) 2008-02-10 0:55
La curiosité anime ces jeunes enfants, la scène est très intéressante car ils adoptent une attitude spontanée non figée.
Un très bon moment décisif.
ribeiroantonio (22637) 2008-02-10 13:33
Ainda não tinha visto estes putos a olharem para um homem branco. Mas, é assim que na realidade eles olham quando vêm um pela primeira vez. Eu tive uma experiência na Birmânia muito gira. Um puto não estava a acreditar no que via e quiz tocar-me. Como eu estava com um colega local não houve problema algum em satisfazer a curiosidade do miúdo.
O da esquerda está mesmo com muita atenção. Ou seria a máquina?
Gosto muito da foto.
Angshu (56750) 2008-02-12 19:53
Five pairs of inquisitive eyes...the one on the left seems to be most curious. Your note is well written & very informative. Yes, you've travelled to India as well & the word poor is a relative term indeed. There are indeed people who are not able to eat two square meals in a day, but not these self sufficient people. The eye contact definitely makes this shot. Good work my friend
woozbman (368) 2008-02-19 16:04
Everyone's looking intently into the camera, as if they wanted to GET INTO the picture. The three bigger kids in front look like they're more dominant. Very interesting photograph of five distinct personalities.
xuaxo (6846) 2008-02-22 4:30
Bom enquadramento e interessante variedade de olhares.
adores (45243) 2008-03-03 17:10
Acho que eles estão prestes a saltar para a objectiva para ver o que há lá dentro:) Está excelente, pela composição e pelas expressões deles.Bem conseguida!
Emile (20352) 2008-03-09 14:14
Very good portrait of the children with different expression on their faces, very well captured. Good colors and definition, Nice work. Well done.
coco (30439) 2008-03-20 2:43
Hi again, I mean.
Well, first let me say that I love this one. And also I like very much the second WS (much more than the first one).
The photo is good and is not necessary explain its goods.
jmdias (63998) 2008-11-28 6:03
aqui é uma pose quase natural, a câmera e você são um bicho estranho que eles tentam decifrar, os olhos tem pontos de interrogação, como será que funciona ? será que eu ficarei bem na foto ? o que é uma foto ? o que ele fará com esta foto ? quem sabe centenas de outras perguntas. lindo flagrante da naturalidade de crianças pobres com um universo bem menos rico materialmente mas muito mais rico espiritualmente que as das terras ricas
- Copyright: Ricardo Lopes (riclopes) (35577)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2007-10-18
- Categories: Daily Life
- Camera: Samsung Pro815
- Exposure: f/2.5, 1/400 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Travelogue: Akha Trail - Lao minorities
- Date Submitted: 2008-02-07 3:46
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