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Smile For The Man : Sagkahan Slum, Tacloban
Smile For The Man : Sagkahan Slum, Tacloban

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Challenge: Free Study 2008-11 (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Nikon D300
Lens: Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR II
Date: Nov 1, 2008
Aperture: F5
ISO: 1000
Shutter: 1/500
Galleries: Emotive, Black and White
Date Uploaded: Nov 30, 2008

This was taken on a day I won't easily forget. This slum really impacted me and I returned a second time to let it all sink in. The smell of the rot at ground level was something else! And, these kids live in it 24/7.

There are hundreds of children here, most don't go to school. Many are turned into prostitutes or drug runners as they get older. The desperation for food is enormous. Many families have 8-11 children.

Yet, they are happy and laugh and play. They don't seem to be proud or arrogant. They are closely knit and look out for one another. They do their chores washing clothes and getting water.

Our church is going to renovate the day care center which has a roof that is caving in, and floods when it rains.

So much of our world is like this. This is us, doing our little part to save some...ONE LIFE AT A TIME.

Place: 51 out of 417
Avg (all users): 6.3432
Avg (commenters): 7.9000
Avg (participants): 6.4336
Avg (non-participants): 6.1607
Views since voting: 1409
Views during voting: 279
Votes: 169
Comments: 13
Favorites: 3 (view)

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12/12/2008 04:06:38 AM
your am imspiration to us all Enzo
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12/08/2008 10:07:13 PM
An extraordinary photo, Enzo, and an extraordinary mission. Keep up the great work on all fronts.
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12/08/2008 08:30:56 PM
Enzo, there are images that deeply speaks to me. This is one of them. Great capture and composition
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
12/06/2008 06:12:08 PM
I didn't expect to like this but I do. Great emotive image. Nice B&W. High emotional content. Your masterpiece is the faces. Among best of show.
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12/05/2008 11:27:15 PM
Excellent. A great POV shows us the stark reality of their world. This gets a ten from me -- my fourth ever.
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12/05/2008 01:06:31 PM
Great photojournalism. Like the choice of B & W.
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12/05/2008 11:22:56 AM
A stunning capture! I love the fact that the family is normal and happy. It is their life and they are proud of it! (and so am I). Thanks for sharing.
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12/05/2008 09:46:41 AM
I love the smoothness of their skin against the harshness of their environment. Great pic, looks fantastic in b&w.
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12/03/2008 04:30:30 PM
nice family portrait
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12/03/2008 02:04:05 PM
Despite the apparent poverty here, the energy and vibrance of the children are apparent. Very well composed (I like the playing cards scattered on the ground) and nicely toned.
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12/03/2008 01:15:04 AM
Beautiful, you've capture innocence and curiosity
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12/02/2008 09:53:13 PM
What a story shot! (not voting yet)
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12/01/2008 10:00:54 PM
its a 10
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