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The Parting of The Elder Son

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Another photo taken at Hua Lampong train station. A family's goodbye.

wasn't sure which version to upload... this one, or the cropped version in the mod section. Would love to hear your views on it. Thank you

Tags: Photo journalism Black and white Portraits and people

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RobinF 11 83 1 England
7 Nov 2006 11:30AM
Very emotive shot. Like this series a lot! - regards Robin

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NeilM 11 England
7 Nov 2006 12:00PM
lovely shot, nice mono work.

bliba Plus
11 2 Austria
7 Nov 2006 12:17PM
very emotive.....a good one

clevercloggs 13 237 2 United Arab Emirates
7 Nov 2006 12:46PM
my first reaction was..... the mod version but then is is difficult to see that we are at a trainstation so in the end I decided that the current version is best choice.

The bored expression on the little boy's face is priceless imo.
MDaniel 11 3 3 Ghana
7 Nov 2006 12:50PM
Several expressions in one shot priceless
7 Nov 2006 1:00PM
interesting you perceive the boy's expression as bored Robert; to me it came across as sad (his big bro and hero is leaving).
Had the same feelings about the two versions btw
NevP 12 853 13 Canada
7 Nov 2006 1:27PM
I think that this works the best of the two! Nice tonal range, nice image.
clevercloggs 13 237 2 United Arab Emirates
7 Nov 2006 2:56PM
well, it seems we disagree on this. Smile
If the boy is sad that his brother is leaving why is he then not facing him and enjoying evey last look of him?

Whereas if he is bored it is highly likely that he is scanning the staion for more interesting things to happen?
7 Nov 2006 3:09PM
clevercloggs 13 237 2 United Arab Emirates
7 Nov 2006 3:12PM
he saw the photographer and thought that what he was doing is more interesting than saying good bye to his boring brother!!
7 Nov 2006 3:16PM
Now you're talking :o)
shane 13 7 United Kingdom
7 Nov 2006 4:36PM
Superb shot, love the tones in this

oppo 11 6 2 Scotland
7 Nov 2006 4:52PM
I love candids that have a story to tell. Brilliant work.

POOCHIE 11 21 6 United Kingdom
8 Nov 2006 8:56AM
This is a nice shot Koen, has a fresh prosperous sort of feel, and I'm not quite sure why I have come to that conclusion? perhaps its the clothes the people are wearing or that in a lot of cases your pictures include many street people who operate at a different level???

8 Nov 2006 9:16AM
your observation is quite accurate Pooch (at least as far as I can tell).
They seem like an average Bankokian middle class family. Both the young mother and father probably have a rather well paid job. the children probably go to 'better' schools, probably bilingual, and are destined to go to university later. Especially the mother has that - among Thai women envied - rather fair complexion, that you often see in middle and upper class. the clothes seem more expensive then usual and carefully tended (the little boys shoes). Even the body language (especially the mother's) has something more distinguished.
Only the 'older son' (don't really know if he is their son, but I guess he is) falls a bit out. But then I imagine him to go on a scouts trip (which would explain his outfit and enthousiasm).

Sherlock H.
TommyStr 11 9 3 Norway
8 Nov 2006 10:53AM
If you compare the 500 version maybe the mod works better. But then you have the imporant large version, and I prefer the current pick!

Great scene you've captured..Guess everyone can relate too it. Superb shot

(thanks for the mod and funny comment on my last upload btw Smile )
8 Nov 2006 11:25AM
excellent work
Paul Morgan 16 18.9k 6 England
10 Nov 2006 1:49AM
This really is a lovely picture Koen, maybe just a little picky but find that damage to the train on the far left a little distracting. Uploaded a mod.

Paul Morgan 16 18.9k 6 England
10 Nov 2006 2:04AM
Sory Koen just seen your Cropped version, think the original is a much stronger composition. Love it.

10 Nov 2006 3:28AM
Thanks Tommy, Phil, Paul
PatrickSmith 12 1.2k 2 United States
12 Nov 2006 6:11AM
As far as the boy looking away, that is what kids do. It makes complete sense that he would be upset and sad and is protecting his own feelings by looking away. Excellently expressive image.

rosie42 13 7 Australia
15 Nov 2006 5:19AM
Terrific, Koen ...

Susie :ol)

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