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"The Day they arrested Mommy"
"The Day they arrested Mommy"
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Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Candid IV (Advanced Editing V)
Camera: Canon EOS-5D
Lens: Canon EF 24-105mm f/4.0L IS
Location: Portland, Oregon
Date: Jun 7, 2007
Date Uploaded: Jun 10, 2007

This was at the Grande Floral Parade in Portland Oregon. This lady was yelling quite a few racist remarks to a large group of visitors. She was making quite a scene in front of her young son and the rest of us that were there. The police came and tried to calm her down but she just became more angry. They finally handcuffed her and took her away in the police car with her young son. It was really quite a sad scene. I don't know what happend to the young boy.

Statistics
Place: 55 out of 448
Avg (all users): 6.0886
Avg (commenters): 6.7667
Avg (participants): 6.0180
Avg (non-participants): 6.2553
Views since voting: 2010
Views during voting: 367
Votes: 158
Comments: 39
Favorites: 4 (view)


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11/15/2008 09:18:23 AM
A powerful and evocative image, yet disturbing nonetheless. I think that the look of distress on the mother's face is so incongruous with her actions, the concerned look on the boy's face so painful to see. A brave and poignant image, made more special and riveting with the selective desaturation. Bravo.
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10/03/2007 12:55:47 PM
Oh my gosh! How terribly sad!! The look on his face - is breaking my heart. Wonderful capture - excellent photojounalistic shot!
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06/27/2007 11:53:01 AM
I like the shot and the desat. Well done.
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06/27/2007 03:09:32 AM
Many thanks for filling in the details on the exceptional candid shot that you took. The picture had made me feel sad enough already but in my minds eye I had imagined that she had been arrested for shop lifting, to know that if was for shouting racist abuse makes the photo even more shocking, it creates a third an even more disturbing juxtaposition, the distress of her expression: the beauty of her face: the ugliness of her mind

I keep wanting to put this in my favourites but then thinking that in a way - because of the nature of the shot - it would be wrong to trivialise the moment this way. All I can say is that it is genuinely the most striking image that I have seen on DPC and you should take a great deal of pride in your ability to have captured it so meaningfully
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06/26/2007 08:04:37 AM
to those who thought this was "over the edge" she was in public and she was disturbing the peace. If it is photojournalism and it was on the front page of the newspaper would this be wrong? This is a powerful picture, that fact that it did evoke such intense reaction makes it a great capture. I wish I voted...
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06/24/2007 02:03:10 PM
Your shot has generated so many interesting comments. Being able to evoke such powerful emotion from your viewers is remarkable. I commend you on a shot nicely done.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
06/17/2007 11:53:42 PM
Awww her poor child. Do you know why they were arresting her?
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06/17/2007 04:36:08 PM
Very powerful shot and a brave entry. Excellent and subtle use of desat.
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06/17/2007 02:18:35 AM
Wow...what a capture...this made me cry - instantly.
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06/16/2007 07:41:57 PM
intresting selective desaturation, really draws attention to the situation.
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06/16/2007 06:10:50 PM
how sad for this child - too candid
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06/15/2007 09:31:14 PM
why selective desat?
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06/15/2007 05:06:37 PM
I do not like the selective desaturation here. It is well shot though and it does capture a feeling, which is something i like to see in a candid.
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06/15/2007 02:06:12 PM
What a sad moment for the child. Great composition and captured moment.
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06/15/2007 04:52:04 AM
no way! what a moment! the best kind of candid...a tale to be told.
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06/14/2007 11:30:20 PM
That's Candid... Desat works well here.
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06/14/2007 01:46:37 PM
This is a very sad scene. The poor boy.
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06/14/2007 09:50:22 AM
good use of de-sat to emphasize your subjects in this unfortunate story
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06/14/2007 06:32:38 AM
looks like a pretty intense scene, the desat works well here
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06/13/2007 03:31:18 PM
I'm really wondering what they do with the kid when that happens...Oh...Great shot! I kinda like the desaturation to bring out your subjects.
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06/13/2007 08:17:33 AM
Nice photojournalist style.
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06/13/2007 01:51:45 AM
Heartbreaking image. Look at that little boys face! Look at mom's face. Yikes, this belongs in a newspaper. It is that sad. A big 10 to me.
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06/12/2007 11:04:52 PM
What ya gonna do when they come for you.... Poor kid, not a nice thing to see happen. Good capture.
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06/12/2007 12:59:04 AM
opps.

Well done. I didn't even notice the desat at first.

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06/11/2007 10:30:52 PM
As someone who has consistently tries to protect the rights of young children. I am somewhat offended by this particular photograph the subject matter for this challenge was a candid and indeed this is a candid. However, a candid of this sort showing the pain and suffering of the mother while she is humiliated and arrested in front of(what can only be assumed to be), her own child. I find this to be somewhat offensive. I could understand if you are trying to show the pain and suffering of someone being arrested in a war-torn country and taken off by a corrupt government and police, but to display this image in the context of this particular challenge, I feel is unnecessary at best.

Please understand that I'm not trying to suggest that you are intentionally trying to further humiliate the mother or the child pictured in this photo, but I will ask you one question, after taking this photo did you go and ask the mother if you could use it in this manner?

Again, I don't mean to sound callous, but I've never taken an image, kept an image, printed an image or posted an image of the human subject without first asking permission.

I find this hard to explain because I do understand that you can never ask every single person that's in your photograph if you can post their photo or print their image, but I always ask the person who is the focal point of my photo, because they're the reason I took it in the first place.

I am truly sorry if I offended you with my opinion but sometimes people feel strongly toward one thing or another for strange reasons.
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06/11/2007 10:03:22 PM
Nice capture - Good emotion and makes you look - Many in this challenge don't. Not too sure about the selective colour as this is more arty than real life.
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06/11/2007 09:07:11 PM
Wow...what a moment...good expressions.
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06/11/2007 07:31:31 PM
great capture, id like to know the story behind this. I feel sorry for the little kid though
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06/11/2007 05:58:26 PM
Pretty powerful stuff! Holy cow!
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06/11/2007 02:41:30 PM
The kid almost looks like this isn't the first time he's seen his mom in handcuffs. "Great mom, here we go again."
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06/11/2007 12:15:33 PM
why? what happened to the little boy? that's a very interesting photograph! makes me wonder all sorts of things! nicely done!
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06/11/2007 11:54:41 AM
Wow, that's sad. My heart goes out to that kid.
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06/11/2007 10:36:46 AM
How very sad. I can't imagine what that child is going thru this very moment.
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06/11/2007 09:06:38 AM
That's sad...
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06/11/2007 08:45:53 AM
This is so sad.
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06/11/2007 08:43:40 AM
OMG is this for real??? I am going to mark it as if it is (whilst maybe hoping that it isnt). Very distressing look on the womans face has been well captured and the young boys blank confusion adds to this

Great desat job as well

This picture bothers me and I hope you will reveal all after the competition. Having said all that if I look at it dispassionately I have to say its a great image and worthy of a 10
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06/11/2007 08:08:33 AM
Way too intrusive for my taste. If this is just photojournalism, why have you desaturated your backgound? Photojournalism still needs to be artistic. The composition doesn't work well here, the police officers need to be facing the camera more. There's not enough sense of context for this to work well as photojournalism.
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06/11/2007 01:48:44 AM
Wow, bad memories! Good luck! both in real life and challenge.
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06/11/2007 01:25:50 AM
Sad... But very powerful shot
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