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one man's fun is another's hell

Posted by
shoti (somewhere in, China) on 7 March 2010 in Documentary & Street and Portfolio.

I was walking near Zhong Shan Lu and found this boy with other children who seem to be his siblings, begging for alms while he amuse them with his tricks. I can't imagine people having fun watching this. It's just inhumane, the kid swinging by the neck of his elder brother is reduced to something like a toy. And people were so amused with it, they had to stop by and watch. efiLnikcuFeciN.

Xiamen city
Fujian, China

winter '09

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Xerophytes from London, United Kingdom

Good timing. I'm not so impressed with the quality of the picture though.

7 Mar 2010 8:37am

@Xerophytes: hehe sinadya ko yang ganyang itsura pre, '90s film' kumbaga. salamat sa pagpahiwatig ng iyong ideya kapatid :)

Laurent from Lyon, France

Waw, that must be very impressive to see such a thing in real

7 Mar 2010 10:04am

@Laurent: I wasn't impressed though

Gregory Kowalski from Beijing, China

Woow.. What a great scene.. and shot!.. very dynamic I really like expression of audience.. they look as this performance is not so crucial for them.

7 Mar 2010 3:13pm

@Gregory Kowalski: should've seen it for yourself Greg. thanks for dropping by

Pavan Kaul from Mumbai, India

The human race is coming to a tragic end Edwin...we are nothing but the 'sum of our emotions', and your image tells a chilling story of the state of our emotions and lack of empathy for fellow humans! My heart weeps for these unfortunate souls! May God bless them and ease their sorrows...

8 Mar 2010 3:51am

@Pavan Kaul: yes, maybe you're right Pavan. I hope they do get their share of ups, after all, life's like a wheel: sometimes we go up, sometimes we go down. well , at least that's what I believe.

k@ from Paris, France

This is so common in circus, russian, chinese, and circus often goes too far, yes. Here again i don't recognise the quality of your shots (i speak of the light, not luminous, muted, and making us confused about what is really happening, even if the caption helped here. Hope you're not mad at me noticing this ;). But the colors (pink/green/blue) balance this and i like a lot the attitude of the girl behind, holding her own chin while staying stuch in awe to her boyfriend ;)

8 Mar 2010 7:23pm

@k@: oh thanks for speaking out your true sentiments, Karine. in fact, I've been waiting for something like this. I did this kind of processing on purpose, in the hopes of letting the viewer focus on the situation and composition. I 'depolished' these on purpose. I think another reason is I want to move away a little from the usual clean, polished images seen on todays blogs. but anyway, if this doesn't work for you, I'm still glad you told me. at least I know :) thanks Karine:)

k@ from Paris, France

I totally agree about the stupid dogma of sharpness. Go on if it's what you feel, then it's what it has been done. I guess photography and posting on photoblogs are different things we're not enough aware of. And here you are so right : screens demand sharpness, light, luminous stuff (I even know some who accentuate and do halos ! ;), but once printed, it's awful. Cheers, Shoti*

12 Mar 2010 12:22pm

k@ from Paris, France

"it's what it has to be done", i meant, taped too fast, sorry.

12 Mar 2010 12:23pm

Henrik Herskind from Copenhagen, Denmark

Fascinating horrible story. In not into dogmas, but I wouldn't know the message unless you told me. The bucket and the white plastic bag draws a good deal of attention.

21 Mar 2010 12:19am