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Posted by
shoti (somewhere in, China) on 21 April 2010 in Documentary & Street and Portfolio.

the view from LRT( light rail transit ) Blumentritt station. This place (Blumentritt) is prominent in terms of petty crimes, e.g. stabbing, snatching. I used to live very near this place and every time I tell fellow Manilenos about it, they ask me "haven't you been stabbed there?" . My answer is always no. Right now, I believe Manila is much more safer than it was before.

Manila, Philippines


Canon IXUS 750 1/250 second F/7.1 8 mm

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Fred from Manila, Philippines

This looks like a scene from Slumdog Millionaire. Nice treatment pare. Sayang. Balak ko sana kumuha ng ganito kaya lang naunahan mo na ako. hahaha! ganda!

21 Apr 2010 5:07am

k@ from Paris, France

I like this view a lot ! i just regret this bath of color that melts everything down and prevents us to see the very details as clearly as i would have loved but i guess you chose it on purpose and respect your choice absolutely : would you explain its reason for you ? Time passing metaphor or something that kind ?

21 Apr 2010 5:29am

@k@: Hi Karine. This photograph was taken 3/07/07. every time I look at it, I feel nothing's wrong with it so I left it as it is. There was no post-processing done on this image. I just set the camera to Sepia mode then clicked. I think I used it to reflect the heat of the day, the ugly nature of this place, or maybe I just felt Sepia looked beautiful on this kind of image. As this is one of those few images that I didn't altered in any way, I refuse to change it now, though I understand your point. I'm glad you shared your view on this Karine, thanks :)

tede from Aubenas 07, France

I'm really impressed by this picture, it must be hard to live here with the constant danger. Splendid treatment. 5 *. Good day.

21 Apr 2010 6:19am

@tede: you bet it is. not only they have to deal with the dangers of nature's wrath but they also have to be mindful of when the city authorities will destroy their 'houses' . also, there's the danger of diseases, muggings, and many other petty crimes. it's a hard life out there.

Sidney from Manila, Philippines

That is a great viewpoint... sad when you live there of course.
Excellent in sepia... looks vintage.

21 Apr 2010 8:47am

Sidney from Manila, Philippines

You live and work in China?

21 Apr 2010 8:48am

Pavan Kaul from Mumbai, India

Wonderful tone and depth Edwin!

21 Apr 2010 1:16pm

MARIANA from Waterloo, Canada

Wonderful tones here that bring some sensation of an old photograph !

21 Apr 2010 1:44pm

Sandrine from Cincinnati, United States

Great city shot!

21 Apr 2010 7:28pm

Charles Dastodd from Chicago, United States

incredible tones in this image. it feels like a slice of history

22 Apr 2010 12:30am

Self-Indulgence from Chicagoland, United States

This has a very.. old feel to it. LIke maybe 1920's or so.. probably due to the lack of cars.

23 Apr 2010 4:43pm

Marian Laura from New York/Chicago, United States

Oh wow it sounds quite scary living here, but I guess people are used to it and people who lives here know each other that they exempt their neighbors from their crimes. It is very interesting.

16 Sep 2010 5:15pm

Canon IXUS 750
1/250 second
8 mm