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The future...
There are many children at Killing Fields who would crowd visiting tourists. They would gather together, and say in a singsong way,
"1, 2, 3...Smile!!"
Sorry... I don't like taking posed shots...

My apologies.
Today, July 7th 2008, I'm reposting a photo from about 14 years ago (both shot and originally posted on flickr).
I shot this in Phnom Penh at the Killing Fields on my second trip to Cambodia. I've been to Cambodia thrice and interestingly with 3 different people from 3 different continents and all the trips took place in 2006.
I've never been back there since and I have no intention to return either as I would like to remember the country the way it was, before fast food and before obesity (which I think is there now although I don't think as much as elsewhere).
This shot is significant to me as it's the first shot I've taken that had truly increased my confidence in photography.
In fact, I consider this photo as one of my 25 best shots.

Tags:   b&w portrait girl blackandwhite aji01 black white face child killing fields ajbest 25 shots cambodia phnom penh 27/08/06: 34830, 95, 143 hard life candid street shooting street photography

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... but this time in Kolkata, India.
When I first went to India in March 2009, due to cheap flight from Bangkok, the first city I went to was Kolkata. Interestingly, the city really prepared me for what India has to offer. This is how I would describe India:

"India, either you love it or you hate it but you would never be indifferent to it."

When I was in Kolkata, I met many western tourists who would say, "I can never take the rickshaw. I cannot be sitting and having another human being pull me. I cannot do that to another person."
I would reply, "If you don't take the rickshaw, then they cannot make a living. However little money they get, they need to work for a living! Hardly any welfare or unemployment benefits here!!!"

ps: As usual, I am pushing my ONLY gallery called WHY NOT???
The obsessively chosen and truly excellent photos there are attention catching, nicely framed, aesthetically pleasing, sharp and clean portraits of children from all over the world.
Please visit the gallery and enjoy.

Tags:   portrait male india kolkata calcutta rickshaw puller hard life water west bengal bokeh rain sudder street

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… is uncropped and in very high key.
When I over processed the photo shown in the first comment, I copied the settings to this photo. I like it.
Out of the places I have been to, Pokhara, which is in Nepal is my #1 favourite place. I have been there five times and have spent nearly a year in total there. I hope to spend more time there in the future. I am aiming to go there again in early January 2021, if Covid-19 permits.

ps: As usual, I am pushing my ONLY gallery called WHY NOT???
The obsessively chosen and truly excellent photos there are attention catching, nicely framed, aesthetically pleasing, sharp and clean portraits of children from all over the world.
Please visit the gallery and enjoy.

Tags:   water b&w black white blackandwhite boat minimalism minimalist annapurna aji03 high key uncropped nepal lake phewa pokhara northside pov

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Varanasi, or Benares, or Kashi is the place where I took this candid photo. Apart from being a very holy city for the Hindus, Varanasi is also a very photographable place. I would recommend the city to photography enthusiasts visiting India as is a very good place to boost photography confidence, as it did with my confidence.
Please check out my Varanasi album to see the photos I took there. My top two most popular shots were taken in the city.
If you have only one place to visit in India and yet you want to have the full intensity of an Indian experience, go to Varanasi where faith meets filth and your life would change forever.

Thank you very much for all the views, faves and comments on my stream of “Beauty in Simplicity” photos where through timing, framing and settings, I try to make everyday life everywhere look beautiful.
Touching lives through photography… That is what it is all about.
Thanks again and have a wonderful week!
Take care especially with the Covid-19 pandemic going around!

ps: As usual, forever and ever plugging my one You Tube video.

ps: I noticed that the views are higher than normal. So, out of curiosity, I clicked on Explore. It's at #1. My first Explore since 2007 and my tenth #1. If, anyone is curious about the other nine, click on aji01 on my tags to this photo. Btw, ajganga means photos with river Ganges in the photo.

Tags:   river ganges ganga kashi ripples water saree aji01 ajganga benares ghat minimalism minimalist varanasi india pov

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… is candid and uncropped in color.
I was on the steps of the temple around Durbar Square and he passed by. I had no time to change the aperture setting (I tend to shoot aperture priority mode) hence the shallow DOF.
I think this hard working boy is the same boy as the one in the photo shown as the first comment to this posting and both photos are in MY BEST 25 SHOTS album.
I don’t think he attended school and the money he earned collecting plastics for recycling probably supplemented his family’s meager income (If he even has a family).
Meanwhile, in the first world, children skipped school so they could protest about ‘fairy tales’.


Nepal is my favourite country to visit and I have been there 6 times, spending about 20 months in total.
I was there during the 2015 earthquake, the 2010 week long strike where nothing (except tourist buses) moves, the constant power cut (which was called load shedding) which at worst days during the cold months electricity was only available for an hour each day, the worst hail stone in 2016 plus many other memorable events and many people too.
Yet, in all the time there, I have never gone trekking nor will I ever go trekking. When shocked people asked me, “Why not?”
My response, “I do like to walk but I don’t like to walk more than I have to and trekking is too much unnecessary walk.”
People are different…


ps: As usual, I am pushing my ONE gallery called WHY NOT???
The obsessively chosen and truly excellent photos there are attention catching, nicely framed, aesthetically pleasing, sharp and clean portraits of children from all over the world.
Please visit the gallery and enjoy.

Tags:   portrait boy child poor durbar square face uncropped aji03 ajbest 25 shots bokeh nepal basantapur kathmandu pov hard life


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