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Class of '09

By stevie
Primary school, Ghana.

The teacher saw me taking photographs of the village, actually invited me in and I was offered food!

Can you imagine that happening in the UK?

Mono and colour versions.

Tags: Landscape and travel Portraits and people

Voters: riprap007, Gary_Macleod, RipleyExile and 143 more

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Gary_Macleod 12 159 Scotland
20 Nov 2009 12:59PM
both brilliant shots and each one has such a different mood to it.

outside a school with a camera here!! you'd be invited the cop shop maybe

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richard20d 7 115 10
20 Nov 2009 1:28PM
This is what photography is all about........Life as we see it. The overall image is perfect, but iI prefer the B/W version purely because it gives the image a greater feel. Maybe a tad to tightly cropped bottom and right but thats not the end of the world. I hope this gets the votes it deserves and makes it into the best of the weeks images. Pin sharp, great Dof and all the kids staring at the camera, Brilliant. I hope you send the school a copy they will be pleased. Regards Richard
LesF 10 182 9
20 Nov 2009 1:32PM
Terrific shot really tells a story

20 Nov 2009 1:38PM
Superb image - excellent photography !
Love both versions - Chris
jenquest 14 561 1 Tokelau
20 Nov 2009 1:51PM
Truly striking.
Daisymaye Plus
8 23 10 Canada
20 Nov 2009 1:53PM
Lovely in mono or colour. Fabulous expressions captured.......Sandy
MAGS58 8 Canada
20 Nov 2009 1:58PM
Stunning Image I really like the B&W seems to tell me more . Very well done indeed . Thumbs up on this one .

AlleyCatz 10 274 6 England
20 Nov 2009 2:16PM
I so agree with Richard's comment.
Superb capture....Def the mono V1 for me...

ATB Smile


P.S ...and no that would not happen here....and food as well!
rontear Plus
13 8 8 England
20 Nov 2009 3:47PM
Very African, Steve . Ron.
MikefromEbbw 9 69 2 Wales
20 Nov 2009 4:45PM
I have to agree with all the above comments.This is a truly stunning capture with great use of a shallow DOF.The childrens eyes say it all and it is definitley the mono version for me.
stevie 12 1.2k 2 United Kingdom
20 Nov 2009 4:55PM
Thanks Mike
Kids are kids the world over, nd they look so neat and tidy, beautiful eyes and a superb mono image, the colour is good too, but somehow the mono just sparkles. Unusual indeed to be asked into a school nowadays, all photographers are viewed with suspicion because of a few bad eggs.

Great work again here Stevie.
Nigel_95 Plus
10 260 2 United Kingdom
20 Nov 2009 6:33PM
Both versions are excellent. Congratulations on Mike's award.

Geraint 10 715 34 Wales
20 Nov 2009 6:42PM
This is superb. The b&w conversion is beautiful. Those expressions are so captivating. Stunning photograph.
Ian-Munro 8 200 15 Wales
20 Nov 2009 7:47PM
Glad this is awarded because so often images like this don't get anywhere. tops!
stevie 12 1.2k 2 United Kingdom
20 Nov 2009 7:48PM
Thanks all, thanks Pete for EC - it was quite a day visiting the children in the school, I was very moved ( to say the least) by their hospitality as I'm sure you can imagine.
peg 9 1 1 United Kingdom
20 Nov 2009 8:24PM
It's great, but do you know what? I'd love to see it without the frame.
20 Nov 2009 8:31PM
What a great image and very appropriate for Children in Need. Sylvia
AlleyCatz 10 274 6 England
20 Nov 2009 8:44PM
A big congrats on your EC....and G.E.A....well deserved.

Smile Smile

DaveU Plus
10 1.3k 123 England
20 Nov 2009 9:54PM
Astonishing ..... best shot I've seen on EPZ in a long while. And it does'nt need colour.
20 Nov 2009 10:00PM
Both really beautiful. Beautiful work.
wamp 10 276 8 England
20 Nov 2009 10:09PM
Very understated, yet very evocative, I'd be very proud if this was one of mine! Smile

Cheers, Sean
Nic_WA 11 179 2 Australia
20 Nov 2009 10:57PM
Just delightful. Well done Smile
MickyMc 9 8 United Kingdom
21 Nov 2009 12:51PM
Fabulous pictures and Congratulations on the EC and GEC
The mono is adorable but by a whisker I love the colour.
Richsr Plus
9 91 223 England
21 Nov 2009 1:06PM
Like the eyes in this one Steve - great capture and well done on all the awards.
Regards Richard.
Terrytori 7 1 Canada
21 Nov 2009 1:47PM
I love shots that go straight to the gut.
This is such a shot.
Both are wonderful . I do however prefer the mono.
Congrats on the well deserved awards.

with appreciation

backbeat Plus
10 134 1 United Kingdom
21 Nov 2009 3:38PM
one of the best photographs i have seen on here....fabulous

Coleslaw 11 13.4k 28 Wales
21 Nov 2009 3:47PM

Quote:The teacher saw me taking photographs of the village, actually invited me in and I was offered food!
Can you imagine that happening in the UK?

Yes, you will be invited in and they will lock you up in the classroom and call the police if it is in the UK.
I really do find your travel photography excellent, Stevie. Well done.
stevie 12 1.2k 2 United Kingdom
21 Nov 2009 6:56PM
Thanks Cole, really appreciate that.
cassiecat 8 39 46 England
21 Nov 2009 8:00PM
v2 for me, excellent, congrats on the well deserved alwards.lesley
22 Nov 2009 12:24PM
If you started taking pictures around a school in London you'd probably be arrested.

V1 for me. Very nice image. Your whole portfolio is good in fact.
IanFlindt 12 740 21 United Kingdom
22 Nov 2009 4:34PM
Definitely black and white for me, Steve. The attentive gazes of each and every child are simple mesmerising. Many congrats on a first class portrait and justified clutch of awards.
wyatturp 11 2 England
22 Nov 2009 6:56PM
Your work is super . the man with the camera in tune
Sezz Plus
11 617 15 England
23 Nov 2009 7:54AM
A superb mono Steve, they're all making eye contact with you, like V2 also - my congrat's for your awards Smile

Sarah *
andrejD 7 1 Germany
23 Nov 2009 8:53AM
As wonderful as it can be!
LesF 10 182 9
23 Nov 2009 11:39AM
Congratulations Stevie on POTW and on the other clutch of awards, superb work, keep coming back to have a look as the mono is just wonderful.

richardwheel 11 217 2 England
23 Nov 2009 12:30PM
yep well done Stevie, deserves all the badges and UA's, a truly stunning shot...
sut68 Plus
13 2.0k 76 England
23 Nov 2009 12:43PM
Not at all surprised to see this as POTW Steve, great shot!!!
SueTurner 12 81 3 England
23 Nov 2009 1:23PM

Quote:Yep well done Stevie, deserves all the badges and UA's, a truly stunning shot...

................ ABSOLUTELY ....................

AlleyCatz 10 274 6 England
23 Nov 2009 2:06PM
Another big congrats on getting POTW..... Smile Smile

23 Nov 2009 2:37PM
Amazing shot here, well captured
TTT 14 577 United Kingdom
23 Nov 2009 4:22PM
Absolutely fantastic, prefer B&W well done.
knackeredoldman 7 120 7 United Kingdom
23 Nov 2009 4:25PM
Lovely shot. The mono is a real beaut.


Daffy1 8 357 Ireland
23 Nov 2009 4:27PM
Beautiful. mine is the colour.
User_Removed 12 239 7 England
23 Nov 2009 4:44PM
Cracking image I'm with Dave U! It has everything & yes the B&W version is better simply because it makes it timeless & the colours are not a distraction though you could mute these if you saw fit. It must have been a real treat to be there & to get the invite to take this. As Ian Flindt says the expressions on the faces really capture the attention. Well done a well deserved image of the week.
twordley 10 360 England
23 Nov 2009 5:52PM
mono for me - congrats
23 Nov 2009 9:05PM
This is the best image i seen here for a long time...
IanFlindt 12 740 21 United Kingdom
23 Nov 2009 9:29PM
Many congrats, Steve. Wouldn't it be wonderful if EPZ were to pay for two large prints, so that you could send one to the children themselves!
stevie 12 1.2k 2 United Kingdom
24 Nov 2009 5:33AM
Thanks Ian - yes I agree! I'll put a few decent-sized ones in the post myself in case any mums and dads would like a copy.
Great image, would like to see a little more room for the foot at the bottom of the image though. I guess you were looking at those eyes Smile

India is great for this type of experience. When kids see you taking street shots they run to be in them. I've seen adults push their kids into the shot...their only reward to see their image on the view screen. Its so rewarding to see their faces light up. How I miss those experiences.
Rob_Taylor 12 660 5 Wales
24 Nov 2009 5:50PM
Congrats on all the awards, fully deserved

rowarrior 8 4.4k 9 Scotland
24 Nov 2009 7:38PM
Great photo Steve, and I'm sure they'd love copies. My dad took photos at the creche that I sponsor in South Africa, and we printed out a copy for each child and the nursery. They didn't know what to make of them!
Gaucho Plus
14 2.8k 2 United Kingdom
24 Nov 2009 7:39PM
Wonderful photograph! Well done and congrats.

Alan_Coles 10 177 11 Wales
24 Nov 2009 8:04PM
POTW>>>> Congrats, well deserved!!
jonah794 7 1.7k 11 United Kingdom
25 Nov 2009 4:39PM
This is a cracker of a shot Grin Just stunning!
Both my friend and I believe that you should try Sepia and see what that looks like.
Well done for all the awards
colin 12 697 5 Scotland
25 Nov 2009 7:16PM
Well done, sir!
Its all been said already, 10 times over!!
marc484ie 9 31 1 Ireland
27 Nov 2009 7:10AM
Beautiful shot, Although I prefer the coloured shot number 2.
RachelMB 10 42 10 England
27 Nov 2009 7:43AM
Lovely shot, congratulations on photo of the week. I love both versions - the mono is classic and looks great, but I do like colour and V2 is lovely. Smile
KevSB 12 1.5k 5 United Kingdom
28 Nov 2009 3:31PM
What I find strange about this Image is had this been taken in an english school you would see kids making faces, smiling, ect.

Here they are totally focused on the camera with such serious looks, The faces say something but I carnt quite figure what.
Mono photography at its best
GillyB Plus
11 317 8 United Kingdom
29 Nov 2009 3:39PM
...... what more can anyone say Smile congrats on all the awards!

Moj_o 8 10 United Kingdom
14 Dec 2009 7:04PM
Wonderful Smile Just looking at your portfolio!! wonderful images Smile

24 Feb 2010 10:38PM
Both images are simply terrific, especially the mono, which would well deserve a place in any of London's photographic gallery's.

nishad1994 6 264 Oman
10 Mar 2010 3:28PM
The photographs are really great. They really tell a story. I just love the mono ... Smile
Congrats on the well deserved ECA, GEA, Photo of the Week Award and all the numerous User Awards ........ Smile


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