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The Joys of People-Watching
What an incredibly powerful shot. The juxtaposition of the man sandwiched between the row of ‘owner’ signs and the debris underneath the bench is social commentary at its most poignant. Superb. (Not sure about the title, however. ‘Siesta’ sounds too gentle for a shot that I see as a gritty commentary on those who own nothing and have few prospects of ever doing so.)
Thanks very much for your comment. I very much appreciate it. And, yes, you got a point there with regard to the title. Initially, I felt it was too ‘soft’ for this photograph as well, particularly as I had reactions like yours in mind. However, looking at the average Kenyan (‘fat cats’ and the urban ‘middle class’ excluded) the man in the photograph is certainly not among the poorest and most vulnerable people in this country. From our perspective he appears to be quite poor but there is much worse. One can see people ‘living’ on the street, dressed in rags, looking sick and totally worn out. With this in mind and through the lens of someone who has seen much more extreme poverty in Africa, I thought the man (likely a worker with some sort of an income) was most probably just taking a nap. It is quite a common thing to do around here … a lot of ‘life’ actually happens outside, in the public sphere.
An enlightening point. Thanks so much for providing context. Makes the shot even more interesting.
Your photo really reminds us of how much poverty exists in the world. Well done on keeping the material below the sleeper.
Amazing photograph. The entire image resonates with huge implications.
Merci beaucoup for this wonderful compliment. I am glad you like it!
Just brilliant – reminds me of a Norman Rockwell painting but better.
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