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Yellow Pages Melancholy

By MediumSizeUnavailable

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

Tags: Photo journalism Bangkok Thailand Black and white Siam Portraits and people

Voters: AlanBW, The_Collector, POOCHIE and 23 more

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AlanBW 12 20 England
6 Jun 2006 1:38AM
Cracking candid Koen - and so typical of what can be seen in S E Asia

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The_Collector 12 4 1 United Kingdom
6 Jun 2006 2:18AM
Fantastic portrait, great composition and tones in this shot. How do you get so many A1 candid's?
POOCHIE 12 21 6 United Kingdom
6 Jun 2006 3:21AM
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!.

6 Jun 2006 3:46AM
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.
kitsch 12 439 4 United Kingdom
6 Jun 2006 6:03AM
another cracking portrait...comp spot on as usual...haunting expression! (i need to go get cheered up now lol Wink
bliba Plus
12 2 Austria
6 Jun 2006 6:21AM
stunning BnW photography!!!!

Malc_V 12 England
6 Jun 2006 6:23AM
Spot on candid, you always put great effort into getting the shot.
Very well done.
6 Jun 2006 7:08AM
Thank you Jo :o)
Oliver, Malc, thanks
david deveson 13 62 2 Italy
6 Jun 2006 9:57AM
Great face...great feet, great shot
eyperry 12 1
6 Jun 2006 3:25PM
very good shot. love your style. x
ericfaragh Plus
14 149 4 United Kingdom
6 Jun 2006 3:28PM
I never saw a better image of meloncholy, fantastic tones.
lynsfiona 14 5
6 Jun 2006 11:55PM
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
TonyA 13 11 Spain
8 Jun 2006 4:33AM
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.

8 Jun 2006 10:45PM
I love everything about this shot ... the feel of it, the light, the comp .. everything seems to work.

Tim :o)
korni 11
9 Jun 2006 1:19AM
great composition and tones in this shot...
9 Jun 2006 7:33AM
thank you

rosie42 13 7 Australia
12 Jun 2006 8:33PM
Fabulous, Koen ...

Susie :o)
kitsch 12 439 4 United Kingdom
18 Apr 2011 6:47PM
..... Tongue
1 Jun 2011 7:08PM
I think I like this one, not the one uploaded five years after Smile
1 Jun 2011 7:18PM
lol... you're not supposed to go looking for the old version Wink
1 Jun 2011 7:37PM
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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