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They Call Her Poverty
They Call Her Poverty
hotpasta


Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Best of 2010 (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Nikon D300s
Lens: Nikon AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 17-55mm f/2.8G IF-ED
Location: Paseo Slum, Tacloban City, Philippines
Date: Nov 26, 2010
Aperture: F2.8
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/200
Galleries: Emotive, Photojournalism
Date Uploaded: Feb 13, 2011

The Image: When I think of an image that best captures my 2010, I can't go past this one. Travelling to the slums of Tacloban a couple of times and doing the work we do, this image captures not only a child, but my heart. We were doing our usual walk through the slums, and I spotted this girl. I took DSLR Video as well. She locked eyes with the camera long enough for me to take an image I am very proud of.

Personally, it's a strong image with lots of stories going on: the way she is caged, bound, almost jailed. The way the construction is poorly put together, and of course the scabs on her legs. In the middle of that, is an angel face.

1 BILLION people in our world live in slums now. Their story has to be told.

The Edit: Some HDR toning with adjustment masks, some desaturation, and a little but of this and that. Nothing major.

The Prediction: If people see this for what it is, they will be kind, but this is not a typical image that does well at DPC. I hope it does well and that people relate to the emotion depicted here. This is life day in day out for this child, and I wonder what she is doing today. 6.0000????

Statistics
Place: 19 out of 429
Avg (all users): 6.7021
Avg (commenters): 8.3889
Avg (participants): 6.7161
Avg (non-participants): 6.6364
Views since voting: 1482
Views during voting: 339
Votes: 188
Comments: 26
Favorites: 3 (view)


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02/25/2011 01:34:35 AM
that is a sad picture of reality. but it puts things in perspective...

a wonderful shot that keeps you looking. :)
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02/23/2011 07:41:45 AM
What an incredibly strong image with an equally strong message for us and the rest of the world.
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02/21/2011 04:48:09 PM
Great image, great message. One of my favorites in the challenge.
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02/21/2011 03:04:07 PM
This is a strong image. I love the look on her face and I love how you composed it. The kid is central, the lines in the image are great also because they direct you to the kid. This shows that portraits are also about the context, not just about shooting someone nicely. Well done!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
02/20/2011 11:11:27 PM
That's shocking. 'Hotpasta style', very effective as it is real and photographically perfect (for me).
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02/20/2011 08:27:32 PM
great capture.

my fantasy art gallery.

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02/20/2011 07:51:33 PM
WOW, powerful image 10
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02/20/2011 07:14:38 PM
This is such a sad picture. It's hard to see children living under these circumstances. Very touching photo-journalistic shot.
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02/20/2011 06:29:55 PM
ouch!
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02/20/2011 05:08:44 PM
Sometimes a picture really is worth a thousand words.
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02/20/2011 02:47:09 PM
Wonderful capture that shows the world something we don't normally see.
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02/19/2011 07:40:00 PM
a call this image beautiful and thought provoking.
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02/19/2011 07:25:55 PM
Haunting.
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02/19/2011 09:21:12 AM
Very powerful shot. Disturbing.
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02/18/2011 10:05:11 AM
I think I would go for B&W in this one.
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02/17/2011 11:13:59 PM
oh, this is so very, very sad...it just breaks my heart that there are children out there suffering like this...stunning picture
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02/17/2011 09:48:52 PM
Heartbreaking.
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02/17/2011 04:50:52 PM
wow. love. stirred my heart. to comment what i love about this technically doesn't matter compared to the emotion it brings to deep within. the emotion brings tears to my eyes.
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02/15/2011 10:47:53 PM
sad but so true...nice capture.
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02/15/2011 10:22:47 PM
Sad to the core, great shot though.
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02/15/2011 11:51:12 AM
Back to comment... and to bump up. This is unbelievable sad. To see those sores on her arms and legs which will probably become scars just wrenches my heart. But good for you for exposing it to whoever is brave enough to look.
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02/14/2011 10:06:11 PM
What a powerful photography accompanied by a powerful title. I love this picture just as much as it troubles me to look at it. 9
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02/14/2011 03:59:49 PM
Pretty sure we can figure out the photographer here. Great job. Only critic is the bucket in the upper left corner. A bit distracting, but thats me looking for something.
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02/14/2011 03:32:30 PM
Beautiful child... lovely, emotive image. (not voting)
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02/14/2011 10:03:47 AM
sad how some of the bad photos are of tragic subjects.
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02/14/2011 09:56:26 AM
I give this extra points for the reaction it invokes. her poor little scarred legs!
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