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12 Feb 2014 6:20PM
An excellent close up image, Jean-Noel, which does make you wonder what effect the 'harvesting' of salt has on the health of these hard working folk!
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ColleenA Plus
7 411 6 Australia
12 Feb 2014 6:24PM
Was thinking the same, those eyes look weary and has a look of hopelessness. Such brave ladies...another great capture
ali63 7 778 1 United Kingdom
12 Feb 2014 6:37PM
Great image, but can't help thinking that it must be a risk to their overall health ?

Ali
NDODS Plus
8 5.2k 127 United Kingdom
12 Feb 2014 6:44PM
Stunning portraiture...

Regards Nathan GrinGrinGrin
12 Feb 2014 7:09PM
To answer the questions in the above comments"

The job of the salt workers is really hard as they are carrying heavy loads all day and on top of that the risks are numerous:

- dermatitis caused by constant exposure of hands, legs and feet to salt.
- pterygia caused by constant glare of the white salt crystals damages the eyes. Most workers risk impaired vision.
- high blood pressure caused by inhaling of the low doses of salt spray.... are among the risks I expect.

For all their hard work they get little money. Those people have no choice but to take on the job however painful and risky it is. They must feed their family. The job is seasonal and cannot be done in the rainy season.

Vietnam is a developing country so hopefully working conditions will improve over the years but in the meantime those people are doing an admirable job.
DonMc 10 2 United Kingdom
12 Feb 2014 7:27PM
Indeed Jean-Noel, many rural jobs in developing countries are beyond what could imagine doing in western countries but if you look at history it was the same in Europe etc. not long past. Great evocative photography!
Regards Don
Mike_Young Plus
12 21 9 United Kingdom
12 Feb 2014 7:39PM
Marvellous portrait, love the point of view
Billyray 11 70 3 United Kingdom
12 Feb 2014 7:50PM
Mike_Young quoted '' Marvellous portrait, love the point of view ''

My thoughts exactly Jean Noel. I must admit I never had to work so hard in my 50 years of employment.
Ray
13 Feb 2014 12:39AM
A brilliant portrait Jean-Noel, thank you for the information. We often do not realise how good we have it in our own lives.. I also agree with what Colleen said..

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Joline Plus
13 30 53 United States
13 Feb 2014 12:34PM
So much expression in what little we see of her face. How hard she must have to work!
Chinga Plus
8 3 1 United Kingdom
14 Feb 2014 12:01PM
This image catches the essence of that harsh place they work in...
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Glostopcat 13 255 2 England
17 Feb 2014 6:48PM
A terrific set of images documenting their harsh working conditions

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