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Sad and depressing scene
« on: February 07, 2019, 09:10:14 am »

The shot was taken yesterday in a remote village in southern Laos.  The mother is too busy getting her fix to pay any attention to the little girl.

Not sure if this should be made public or not?
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Re: Sad and depressing scene
« Reply #1 on: February 07, 2019, 10:55:14 am »

Absolutely it should be published. This image is more powerful and telling than much of what passes for photojournalism today. In my opinion, this is precisely the kind of photography that media needs to galvanize interest in news again.

Well done.

EDIT: If the nudity is of concern, then the problem in not in the picture but in those who object to it.

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Re: Sad and depressing scene
« Reply #2 on: February 07, 2019, 11:07:35 am »

Damn you, Corn! You just ruined that woman's future political career. 30-40 years from now, when this picture resurfaces, her career would end in a puff of smoke ;)

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Re: Sad and depressing scene
« Reply #3 on: February 07, 2019, 12:01:07 pm »

On a serious note, what indicates the "fix"? There seems to be a second child in her lap. And why the girl needs attention? She is inches from her mother and looks ok. Are we reading too much from an ordinary scene?

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Re: Sad and depressing scene
« Reply #4 on: February 07, 2019, 12:37:31 pm »

On a serious note, what indicates the "fix"? There seems to be a second child in her lap. And why the girl needs attention? She is inches from her mother and looks ok. Are we reading too much from an ordinary scene?

I hadn’t noticed the second child and you’re right that the front girl appears healthy. Still, while criticizing a different culture can be tricky, considering what appears to be a filthy setting and the open use of opium, one would like the think there are healthier ways to live.

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Re: Sad and depressing scene
« Reply #5 on: February 07, 2019, 01:14:24 pm »

I hadn’t noticed the second child and you’re right that the front girl appears healthy. Still, while criticizing a different culture can be tricky, considering what appears to be a filthy setting and the open use of opium, one would like the think there are healthier ways to live.

I must be missing something. Perhaps it's due to my sheltered upbringing. What indicates the "open use of opium"?

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Re: Sad and depressing scene
« Reply #6 on: February 07, 2019, 01:16:45 pm »

Like others, I see nothing in the image to indicate drug use.  I may be naive.
Perhaps even more distressing is the noose hanging at camera right.
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Re: Sad and depressing scene
« Reply #7 on: February 07, 2019, 02:03:53 pm »

Isn't she holding a thick, bamboo pipe with which to smoke?

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Re: Sad and depressing scene
« Reply #8 on: February 07, 2019, 02:16:16 pm »

Isn't she holding a thick, bamboo pipe with which to smoke?

Yes.
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Re: Sad and depressing scene
« Reply #9 on: February 07, 2019, 02:41:16 pm »

Yes.

And the contraption is used exclusively for opium?

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Re: Sad and depressing scene
« Reply #10 on: February 07, 2019, 04:05:18 pm »

And the contraption is used exclusively for opium?


At a stretch, Friars' Balsam?

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Re: Sad and depressing scene
« Reply #11 on: February 07, 2019, 04:21:45 pm »

« Last Edit: February 07, 2019, 04:26:18 pm by OmerV »
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Re: Sad and depressing scene
« Reply #12 on: February 07, 2019, 04:41:22 pm »

The shot was taken yesterday in a remote village in southern Laos.  The mother is too busy getting her fix to pay any attention to the little girl.

Not sure if this should be made public or not?

I don’t minimize the drama, but imagine the image of a fat beer drinking western man hanging in the coach watching télé while mom is smoking one cigarette after the other while hanging on the phone for two hours while the baby lies in the baby room with a loaded diaper, crying for affection.

Ian Dalrymple kind of drama. And it is close, very close.
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Re: Sad and depressing scene
« Reply #13 on: February 07, 2019, 05:16:42 pm »

I don’t minimize the drama, but imagine the image of a fat beer drinking western man hanging in the coach watching télé while mom is smoking one cigarette after the other while hanging on the phone for two hours while the baby lies in the baby room with a loaded diaper, crying for affection.

Ian Dalrymple kind of drama. And it is close, very close.

You mean melodramatic pap?  Well Ivo, it seems you've changed a few diapers yourself.   ;D

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Re: Sad and depressing scene
« Reply #14 on: February 07, 2019, 07:41:00 pm »

Interesting comments. 

There is no second child.  She was using a large bamboo pipe with an old drink can fixed to the bottom of the pipe and this was been heated over a flame.  I have no doubt it was opium.
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Re: Sad and depressing scene
« Reply #15 on: February 07, 2019, 07:58:03 pm »

... There is no second child...

What made me thinks there is:

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Re: Sad and depressing scene
« Reply #16 on: February 07, 2019, 11:34:42 pm »

What made me thinks there is:
It's either a second child or she has an amazingly hairy right elbow.
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Re: Sad and depressing scene
« Reply #17 on: February 08, 2019, 01:49:25 am »

You mean melodramatic pap?  Well Ivo, it seems you've changed a few diapers yourself.   ;D

Almost 30 years ago I was married five years with a woman who developed a serious alcohol problem after the birth of my oldest son.  I certainly know how to change a diaper and I’m familiar with ‘melodramatic’ situations, yes.
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Sad and depressing scene
« Reply #18 on: February 08, 2019, 01:50:07 am »

The shot was taken yesterday in a remote village in southern Laos.  The mother is too busy getting her fix to pay any attention to the little girl.

Not sure if this should be made public or not?

BTW, I ‘like’ this photo.
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Re: Sad and depressing scene
« Reply #19 on: February 08, 2019, 04:01:03 am »

It's either a second child or she has an amazingly hairy right elbow.

No, it's Jo-Jo the signifyin' monkey. The Beatles told him to get back, so he did. Right back to the lap of the gods.

Look him up.

Rob
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