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This man often sits in front of a depot close to my home. The depot is used by the city to store the yellow pages (hence the title). My best guess is he's somekind of a concierge. He's always (un)dressed the same way, and I don't think I ever saw him talk to someone else. I often tried to photograph him before, but most of the time he sits right in front of the open gate of the depot, making exposure difficult with the dark background of the depot's unlit inside.
This time I got lucky. He seemed to be dozing away when I passed, or waking up. I used the swivel screen-trick again (luckily my daughter, who traditionally wanted to stand before the camera, fell for it as well, and went to stand in front of the screen, to where I was looking, while my lens pointed the other way, at the old man. One of the photos I managed to take showed this deeply sad expression (but it needs to be seen large), which makes it one of my favorites.

Thanks for looking

Title:Yellow Pages Melancholy
Username:MediumSizeUnavailable MediumSizeUnavailable
Uploaded:6 Jun 2006 - 1:36 AM
Tags:Bangkok, Black & white, Photo journalism, Portraits / people, Siam, Thailand
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AlanBW
AlanBW  8 England
6 Jun 2006 - 1:38 AM

Cracking candid Koen - and so typical of what can be seen in S E Asia

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The_Collector

Fantastic portrait, great composition and tones in this shot. How do you get so many A1 candid's?

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POOCHIE e2 Member 8POOCHIE vcard United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
6 Jun 2006 - 3:21 AM

Poor guy looks so sad! another well taken shot by the street photography master. We nod in your general direction O tonal one.
yes I'll keep taking the tablets have a nice day Koen!.

Pooch.

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MediumSizeUnavailable

Thank you Alan, Darren, Pooch.
Darren, a few tricks help a lot, but basically I'm just lucky. Many people sit with expressions like this every day in England, but it happens to take place behind the walls and doors of their houses I guess, whereas here it can be seen on the sidewalks, away from the cover that their houses give. So it's ninety percent thanks to the weather lol.

Lol Pooch, thanks for giving me a good smile. Needed it.

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kitsch
kitsch  8438 forum posts United Kingdom4 Constructive Critique Points
6 Jun 2006 - 6:03 AM

another cracking portrait...comp spot on as usual...haunting expression! (i need to go get cheered up now lol Wink

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bliba
bliba  8 Austria2 Constructive Critique Points
6 Jun 2006 - 6:21 AM

stunning BnW photography!!!!


ollie

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Malc_V
Malc_V  8 England
6 Jun 2006 - 6:23 AM

Spot on candid, you always put great effort into getting the shot.
Very well done.
Malc.

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MediumSizeUnavailable

Thank you Jo :o)
Oliver, Malc, thanks

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david deveson
6 Jun 2006 - 9:57 AM

Great face...great feet, great shot
David

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eyperry
eyperry  8
6 Jun 2006 - 3:25 PM

very good shot. love your style. x

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ericfaragh
ericfaragh  10121 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
6 Jun 2006 - 3:28 PM

I never saw a better image of meloncholy, fantastic tones.

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lynsfiona
lynsfiona  10
6 Jun 2006 - 11:55 PM

Wonderful capture - he really dose look like he's got the weight of the world on his shoulders, I wonder what he thinks about as he sits there all day? Lyns x

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TonyA
TonyA  9 Spain
8 Jun 2006 - 4:33 AM

He is probably so sad because he knows how many hours till he can go back home from is boring job. I think I would look like him if I had to stand all day doing nothing.

Antonio

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tim74bailey
8 Jun 2006 - 10:45 PM

I love everything about this shot ... the feel of it, the light, the comp .. everything seems to work.

Tim :o)

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korni
korni  8
9 Jun 2006 - 1:19 AM

great composition and tones in this shot...

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MediumSizeUnavailable

thank you

Koen

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rosie42
rosie42  10 Australia
12 Jun 2006 - 8:33 PM

Fabulous, Koen ...

Susie :o)

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kitsch
kitsch  8438 forum posts United Kingdom4 Constructive Critique Points
18 Apr 2011 - 6:47 PM

..... Tongue

Last Modified By kitsch at 18 Apr 2011 - 6:47 PM

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user_absconded
1 Jun 2011 - 7:08 PM

I think I like this one, not the one uploaded five years after Smile

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MediumSizeUnavailable

lol... you're not supposed to go looking for the old version Wink

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user_absconded
1 Jun 2011 - 7:37 PM

I'm wondering where I was almost exactly five years as I didn't vote then. Must have been on one of my absent without leave periods. I see Jo popped in here not so long ago as well! Where is everyone.... I was looking at a cutie of Nana sitting on a chair and noticed two 'user removed' had voted on that one.

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