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Beating the heat
Beating the heat
vikas


Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Best of 2007 (Advanced Editing VII*)
Lens: Sigma 105mm f/2.8 EX Macro for Nikon
Location: India
Date: Jan 27, 2007
Aperture: f/5.6
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/500
Date Uploaded: Jan 20, 2008

Taken from a bridge in my hometown last January. I am glad I got the opportunity to share this photo-story through DPC.

India still has 60% of its population living in conditions dire than this. They barely earn $2 for a whole days work, and the days are not merely 8 hour, it starts at the crack of dawn and continues late in the evening.

This laundry place is set up on the banks of a dried up river, it floods every good rainy season, when these people move to a different location. It was middle of the afternoon on a hot day (>100 degrees F), when they stopped for lunch, they all covered their heads from the scorching sun. Only shade they could get was from the little black clothes hanging in the front! A 15minute break and they will continue working again.

@mpeters : Men do most of the washing here, while women help out by hanging the clothes. Cooking is very much a womans domain in India!

Statistics
Place: 68 out of 484
Avg (all users): 6.4198
Avg (commenters): 8.2727
Avg (participants): 6.3563
Avg (non-participants): 6.5797
Views since voting: 1100
Views during voting: 385
Votes: 243
Comments: 17
Favorites: 5 (view)


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01/29/2008 10:52:19 AM
I find great beauty in this... I've studied it for a long while... Beautiful and such a story told in the viewing.

Message edited by author 2008-01-29 10:55:08.
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01/29/2008 04:17:42 AM
It's interesting to see washing around th world. I guess that it wouldn't take long to dry, where you were, though.
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01/29/2008 03:55:26 AM
Wow Vikas, I missed this one during voting.

Great photo, youve got a wicked eye for spotting this!
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01/28/2008 06:03:34 PM
I'm glad this scored so well. I see you are from Ithaca. I grew up in tiny Groton, NY about 16 miles from Ithaca. Graduated from Cornell University in 1994. Are you attending school there by chance? If so, TRY to stay warm!!! : )
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/27/2008 01:26:21 PM
astonishing composition.
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01/27/2008 01:10:06 PM
I love the unusual composition here...not something I see everyday! Back to give you a bump up to 9 for doing something different.
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01/27/2008 10:56:30 AM
What a superb narrative there is articulated in this photo. Excellent work -10!
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01/26/2008 05:48:55 PM
Subjects are nicely framed and good use of thirds. Has a photjournalistic feel. Good Luck. 7.
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01/26/2008 03:25:14 PM
Excellent. I love how the laundry is hung by shape and color. Very cool shot!
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01/26/2008 01:46:10 AM
that's a really cool shot... nice subject and well composed!
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01/25/2008 11:49:32 PM
A really interesting shot. I like the band of colors and then all whites.
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01/25/2008 09:53:07 PM
oh! excellent
i love the soft feel to this, and that longDOF on the laundry!
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01/25/2008 12:42:14 AM
fantastic! awesome use of line and color. Very interesting composition
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01/23/2008 06:10:38 PM
Totally cool, no pun intended. They separate all their different garments during wash day. As a side note...do the women do the washing while the men cook/eat/play? 8
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01/23/2008 01:24:26 PM
Wow, brilliant photo, great composition and point of view. I really like this one!
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01/21/2008 12:28:04 PM
I absolutely love this, one of my few 10's in this challenge. The lines, interaction and scene are wonderful. You should enter this in a travel photo contest.
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01/21/2008 01:37:45 AM
What an interesting shot, had to really take time looking at this, I really like it. 8
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