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fentiger Plus
17 918 24 England
3 Oct 2012 8:47AM
When did they last have a wash? Excellent candid capture Dave.


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3 Oct 2012 8:53AM
Lovely image Dave, love their expressions,
RonnieAG Plus
8 154 118 Scotland
3 Oct 2012 8:55AM
Saya so much about the lot of the locals, yet the children, despite their relative deprivation, look happy with their lot and enjoying play.
The pigeons have decided to have nothing to do with them though, turning their backs.
Wonderful kids!
Dave, Nicely composed. The pigeons in the background completes the story. Deep
helenlinda Plus
11 360 22 United Kingdom
3 Oct 2012 9:34AM
I wonder what they are both looking at that is so fascinating SmileSmile
mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1929 United Kingdom
3 Oct 2012 9:34AM
Having a load more fun that the bored kids I see out and about, plugged into their expensive electronic games. A very positive, heart-warming image.
nonur Plus
9 17 13 Turkey
3 Oct 2012 9:37AM
It's a great shot, I love the contrast between their shabby, poor and dirty look and the happiness revealed on their faces.
PaulLiley 9 2 13 United Kingdom
3 Oct 2012 9:41AM
Wow thats a powerful bit of street photography. Excellent timing Dave. Chris on the mend now --thanks for asking. Paul
rayme330 6 17 1 United Kingdom
3 Oct 2012 9:43AM
Superb capture but there is an inescapable poignancy about it.

marktc Plus
7 101 15 United Kingdom
3 Oct 2012 9:47AM
Great image Dave, very evocative.
almiles 8 38 102 United Kingdom
3 Oct 2012 9:52AM
Ah grubby urchins feeding urban pigeons, bet it felt just like home! Wink Brilliant character image, they look absorbed in their game and unaware of the photographer. Looking closely at them does make one dwell on the gap between the affluent West and countries like Nepal. I was always struck by how happy and welcoming the Nepalese were when I visited in 1997 and being a student, I wasn't dressed a lot better either!
Seeing is believing and you captured this in the true light of day. well spotted Dave, like it.

9 10 10 England
3 Oct 2012 9:58AM
Completely engrossed in whatever they are doing, allowing you to get a very candid capture.
3 Oct 2012 10:02AM
Great capture, Dave - didn't know you did freelance work for National GeographicWink

Humblebee 6 1 England
3 Oct 2012 10:05AM
Beautifully captured Dave ... Carol Grin
3 Oct 2012 10:26AM
simplistic pleasures thought provoking nice work

Irishkate Plus
7 41 114 United Kingdom
3 Oct 2012 10:27AM
Evocative image - compare these urchins with our over indulged children!
Dave you can't deny you do take good people pictures.!
CarolG 11 199 20 Greece
3 Oct 2012 10:38AM
A fine candid, Dave. Carol
Lillian Plus
8 22 17 United Kingdom
3 Oct 2012 10:47AM
Don't think they were feeding the pigeons..think it is food for themselvesSad ?
very emotional image Dave, Very!
so well captured
EAS 9 1 13 Scotland
3 Oct 2012 11:01AM
It does indeed say much including how happy these two actually look.

Tibetan 6 3 England
3 Oct 2012 11:44AM
Phew! reminds me of when I was a mud lark as a kid on the river Thames! lol. a great street portrait of these little urchins, very well taken smashing, regards Leon.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin
AnnChown Plus
8 207 1 United Kingdom
3 Oct 2012 11:51AM
almiles is right - the gap between the West and lesser developed countries is widening. It's sobering to see how grubby these children are - but are they any less happy than their western counterparts who have 'everything' - and still want more? Excellent and thought-provoking image Dave.
jdinne 15 16 England
3 Oct 2012 11:57AM
Wow Dave a very sobering thought provoking image which does say it all. Been said above, despite their apparent hardships they do seem happy. Excellent bit of photography.

achieverswales 7 8 101 Wales
3 Oct 2012 12:22PM
Like me 65 years ago Dave with holes in shoes and clothes living in a mining community, but we were happy and it was safe to play outside, also we were well fed, this image revokes images of those times, but now on the news hundreds have to turn to food stores for free food! What is the UK heading for, this is fantastic photo journalism and hope it gets the attention it deserves.


3 Oct 2012 12:50PM
The dark side of Nepal,well caught in a single frame.
ugly Plus
10 9 57 United Kingdom
3 Oct 2012 12:52PM
very nice work...
A very nice candid image with nice colour and detail...

3 Oct 2012 12:54PM
Trev, well said, this is the fruit of communist regime,when the leader was grilled for amassing disproportionate wealth in Nepal.
mikbee 11 3 8 Scotland
3 Oct 2012 12:58PM
Good shot of this pair of street ''urchins'' Dave !!
A fine bit of reportage here.
Ade_Osman 15 4.5k 36 England
3 Oct 2012 12:59PM
Look like they could all do with a good square meal & a good bath.....Well observed!

This is real and original. Great stuff Dave.
Well done. WesternRed.
morpheus1955 11 3 2 United Kingdom
3 Oct 2012 1:31PM
Fantastic candid shot, just goes to show happiness costs nothing Smile

3 Oct 2012 1:40PM
Well seen and captured. Great engrossed expressions on these grubby urchins faces! Am all for kids making their own entertainment! these two are doing nobdy any harm and look happy with their lot.SmileSmileSmile
3 Oct 2012 2:08PM
A delightful image Dave, of a pair of Mucky Kids.

TrevBatWCC Plus
9 12 12 England
3 Oct 2012 2:24PM
Just captures the moment, of kids enjoying themselves like we used to without electronic gadgets Wink
Trev Smile
NDODS 7 5.1k 125 United Kingdom
3 Oct 2012 2:31PM
An image which can be viewed and interpreted from two sides of the fence. A or B, Black or White, Left or Right, Right or Wrong...

Regards Nathan
taggart Plus
13 47 13 United States
3 Oct 2012 2:41PM
This excellent image tells its own story--- I hope they are not inclined to eat the corn!
danbrann Plus
13 637 17
3 Oct 2012 3:09PM
And our kids think they have a hard life.
3 Oct 2012 4:42PM
And yet they are happy, I think so!Smile
Regards Valery
HELANA 8 United Kingdom
3 Oct 2012 5:05PM
What a shot Dave, This image should be seen by the people who think they live under poverty in England.It tells the life of the children very well.
3 Oct 2012 5:17PM
Heartwarming yet slightly disturbing at the same time. Brilliant image, Dave.
sable 10 9 7 United Kingdom
3 Oct 2012 6:48PM
What an excellent candid image showing just what difficult conditions some children live in xx thank you for your comments on my upload xx
3 Oct 2012 7:38PM
Fantastic candid image Dave.
pdcche 7 4 United Kingdom
3 Oct 2012 8:53PM
A lovely candid shot Dave, dirty and happy looking kids, lovely colours, Peter..
xwang 9 56 8
3 Oct 2012 9:12PM
Wonderful life.. I wish I could have..Grin Excellent captured image, beautiful colour and expression..
pluckyfilly 11 351 33 United Kingdom
3 Oct 2012 9:44PM
Excellent capture and as already mentioned "they look happy"
3 Oct 2012 10:25PM
Poverty living!!!!!!! Sad but beautiful image same time, Dave!!!!!!! AniaWink
paskinmj 9 11 1 United Kingdom
4 Oct 2012 7:48AM
Nice moment well captured.
bobsblues 8 10 2 United Kingdom
4 Oct 2012 8:20AM
Excellent capture Dave poor maybe but they look happy playing , well captured should makes us all think .
phil99 11 45 6 United Kingdom
4 Oct 2012 9:33AM
You must have had an amazing visit to Nepal .Brilliant captures...Phil
annettep38 Plus
6 218 40 Costa Rica
4 Oct 2012 10:07AM
poor sods.. but then they do look happy enough.
I'm amazed that you can remember which aperture you used Smile
well done and I like the 'handheld', too.
KingBee Plus
12 529 2 Scotland
4 Oct 2012 10:54AM
Talk about grubby street urchins. An amazingly frank portrayal of a life which we Westerners (usually) never see.


carper123 Plus
6 1.1k 8 United Kingdom
4 Oct 2012 5:10PM
A fantastic image, Dave, the sort of picture you cant take your eye off, so much going on, its telling you a story however you wish to interperet. I like the way all the elements are joined, the pigeons and the boys both linked with something so simple as food.
Brilliant mate.
Darryl. SmileSmileSmileSmile
UrbaneMagick 6 172 1 United Kingdom
4 Oct 2012 8:20PM
Strong image Dave.

my in=laws go to Nepal etc regularly, they are tour leaders for HF walking/hiking holidays...I long to go there myself, and coincidentally (ish) am reading a Chris Bonnington book at this very moment .

Great image, studd dreams & aspirations are made of.

pamelajean Plus
12 1.1k 2022 United Kingdom
4 Oct 2012 9:32PM
Super candid. Only you will know, but it looks to me as if they are taking the pigeon food to eat for themselves.
posty57 10 6 2 United Kingdom
4 Oct 2012 10:20PM
Very different from you Dave, and very, very good. You even got the correct number of do you keep doing that ? Wink

NeilWigan Plus
7 17 16 England
5 Oct 2012 12:19AM
Little lads as they should be ,dirty and happy ,we were .Belter of a shot.
1881 6 India
5 Oct 2012 4:53AM
A classic image.
Grin----------------------------------------------------------- SANJEEV -------------------------------------------------------------------Tongue
Once again Dave. I have not been quick of the mark (been under the weather this week). Everbody said it all.

Great work, keep them coming.


evelen 13 5 England
5 Oct 2012 6:33PM
wonderful capture of the children playing .
jasonrwl Plus
8 1.1k 10 United Kingdom
5 Oct 2012 9:34PM
You have captured the moment perfrectly Dave.
LexEquine 12 19 United States
7 Oct 2012 6:14PM
"Superlative {A++++} candid double portrait color Reportage Image, Dave,...very 'worthy of my weekly User Award'."~ ~ Smile

Ciao~ Peter Wink
7 Oct 2012 7:33PM
Superb candid capture
Glostopcat 12 255 2 England
15 Oct 2012 6:45PM
A terrific travel photograph, so thought provoking
15 Oct 2012 7:35PM
Children playing, what could be better. Poses questions and tells a story as all candids should.

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