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Thank you for viewing the larger version :o)

Taken in Bangkok at the site where they are constructing a museum, something that is a rarity in bangkok (a museum that is, not a construction site ;o).
workers are now 2 floors up, so working at the same level as skytrain commuters do their commuting. The commuters love to stop and have a closer look at how works are proceeding; the construction workers equally love to observe the thousands of commuters passing by. Soon they will be a floor higher up and it will be each to their own again.

Only worked on this in Picasa. Feel free to comment/critisize (yes, including that strange soft focus)

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Tags: Photo journalism Black and white Portraits and people

Voters: MDaniel, zebhylon, kitsch and 36 more

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Buffalo_Tom Plus
11 2.3k 9 Wales
17 Oct 2006 10:32AM
Great industrial shot.Super composition.Love the story.

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TommyStr Plus
12 9 3 Norway
17 Oct 2006 10:37AM
Quality capture! Wondering if I would have prefered it without the soft-focus thing though? (but you probably have a good reason for choosing it)
IanFlindt Plus
13 740 21 United Kingdom
17 Oct 2006 10:39AM
A fascinating and very well presented scene. I was going to suggest it might have been better if the workman hadn't appeared to be posing for the camera, but your description explains that he's watching the commuters passing by.
17 Oct 2006 10:48AM
Well, he was watching that one funny white commuter taking photos of him ;o)

Tommy, I put the all sharp version up as a mod, but I'm afraid the smaller version makes it a bit hard to compare.
DaveU Plus
11 1.4k 125 England
17 Oct 2006 11:22AM
For once I can't think of anything negative to say :-(

Bags of detail, and I like the off-centre composition.

Paul Morgan Plus
16 19.0k 6 England
17 Oct 2006 12:14PM
Great pic Koen, been kind of busy just lately so sorry for the lack of comments or clicks. will catch up.

Maybe when the museum opens, they could make use of a few of your pics. I should imagine Bangkok is going through rappid change like most other places.

robadsy Plus
12 348
17 Oct 2006 12:23PM
i really like this as a piece of reportage.

the diffused light (effect) works quite well, at least i like it, it plays well against the harsh industrial environment.

image is also provocative in a political sense, very thought arousing.

well done! ads :o)
17 Oct 2006 12:55PM
Thanks for the mod Paul; guess his face could do with a bit of lightening cream ;o)
NevP Plus
12 853 13 Canada
17 Oct 2006 2:18PM
I like the diffusion also, works a treat on the large version, quality signature work.
11 21 6 United Kingdom
17 Oct 2006 3:13PM
Great shot Koen, really kicks in when you view large version , like the micheal Jackson white glove too, feels like he might start to dance anytime lol.

oppo Plus
11 6 2 Scotland
17 Oct 2006 3:50PM
Impressive work. This is a good industrial scene, made even better with the presence of the workman. I like this very much.

17 Oct 2006 4:03PM
"one for the book", is all I say.

Well done
17 Oct 2006 4:40PM
tip top image, great portrait. Love it.
17 Oct 2006 5:12PM
great industrial image. funny enough, i wonder if lightening the face would work, because it makes it a more personal picture i.e. of the worker, rather than the enviroment he is in.
IMO the dark face de-personalises the pic and focuses attention on the industry around the subject.

PatrickSmith Plus
13 1.2k 2 United States
17 Oct 2006 5:26PM
It is a timeless classic scene. As a kid growing up in San Francisco, I watched as one skyscraper after another went up. This reminds me of those days. Now downtown is extremely dense, like Hong Kong or New York. Fortunately geography restricts the amout of land available, so the built up area is only about 3 miles by 3 miles. But every building is over 20 stories, limited to 50 because of earthquakes and concerns about disappearing sunlight on the ground!
kitsch Plus
12 439 4 United Kingdom
17 Oct 2006 5:56PM
hmmm trying to think of superlatives...

class love it!!

Wink jo
Wonderful reportage shot. And portrait, too. Classic composition and very good tone range. I love it. Ovidiu
Nic_WA Plus
13 179 2 Australia
18 Oct 2006 2:39AM
Have you given any thought to displaying these photos in Bangkok somewhere? Yet another insightful capture.
Hope you're well.
18 Oct 2006 6:57AM
Good one Koen, textures, detail, tones and all
RobinF 11 83 1 England
18 Oct 2006 9:05AM
Classic photojournalism style shot (does that make sense - looks weird now I've typed it?) Really, really good! - Robin
TommyStr Plus
12 9 3 Norway
18 Oct 2006 9:25AM
Thanks for putting up mods Koen. Think I like your first mod best, the picture needs some softening to keep the focus on the worker..And Paul lightening cream works well too

(sniff sniff though for denying Mr. STECON his RC)
RobinF 11 83 1 England
18 Oct 2006 9:43AM
Come on someone where's the 30th click? - Robin
18 Oct 2006 10:00AM
oops :o(
I stand corrected tommy (looks like I will have to blame Pooch instead ;o)
gajj Plus
13 32
18 Oct 2006 11:26AM
Have an RC! I love the lines, angles and "stuff" with the lone figure - although I just realized there's a small figure hurrying along...well spotted, interesting image.
11 21 6 United Kingdom
18 Oct 2006 3:09PM
Sorry mate. Clunk!lol.

I'll sleep better now :o)
Goodnight you all
JuliaB Plus
12 110 2 United Kingdom
18 Oct 2006 7:10PM
Hi Koen, I kind of wish his face were brighter, I do like the diffused background very much.
backbeat Plus
12 134 1 United Kingdom
19 Oct 2006 6:21AM
to me the background really adds to the image..really good detail

ovi Plus
13 11 1 Romania
19 Oct 2006 4:37PM
Brilliant image.The textures are simply eye catching and the possing gives him a special note of ellegance and pride.

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