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Les Miserables... (2)

Posted by
Pavan Kaul (Mumbai, India) on 8 May 2010 in Documentary & Street and Portfolio.

"At the end of the day you're another day colder
And the shirt on your back doesn't keep out the chill
And the righteous hurry past
They don't hear the little ones crying
And the winter is coming on fast, ready to kill
One day nearer to dying!"

'At the end of the Day' from Les Miserables.

A system that fails to provide the population with basics, a system that denies children the joy of childhood, a system that fails to deliver justice and equal opportunity, a system that serves only the few who serve it or run it....such a system is a crime against humanity and must be condemned!

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amirreza from tehran, Iran

so sad story

8 May 2010 5:35am

Bettina from Los Angeles, United States

Wow, Pavan, another tough image, beautifully done. Your dof is great, focusing on the child, the mother mainly out of view. He shouldn't be so sad. It shouldn't be so hard. Heartbreaking.

8 May 2010 5:36am

Phil David Alexander Morris from Saskatoon, Canada

Yes, this is a very heartbreaking photo. The little boy is in need of some food. Hope it turns out o.k. for him, he deserves a good life. So sad.

8 May 2010 6:06am

yiannis krikis from thessaloniki, Greece

fantastic expression catching and framing

8 May 2010 6:20am

jacques robert from Ath, Belgium

A fantastic human pictures !
Une très belle photo remplie d'humanité et de force !

8 May 2010 6:31am

Annierita & Annisabelle from New Delhi & Belle Ile, India

Yes it is heartbreaking , you make a great serie, and the Victor Hugo's text es incredibly acurate !

8 May 2010 6:32am

k@ from Paris, France

An immense photo ! How strong with this clever framing focusing on the poor little guy (this tear-like shine in his nose) not avoiding at all the very presence of the mother, so powerful in the way the fills in the frame.
SUPERB true photo, Pavan*

8 May 2010 6:54am

Farnaaz from Iran, Iran

Very sad . Very effective . I love the blure so much .

8 May 2010 7:03am

Emmeji from France

Une image très forte et aussi très triste !

8 May 2010 7:20am

✿ Anina ✿ from Auckland, New Zealand

Terrific shot!!!! I love the selective focus - the blur works very well. You are telling this story superbly.

8 May 2010 8:23am

Nina from Haute Loire, France

You're right, the pain felt by watching this picture is a part of our humanity ...

8 May 2010 8:38am

kate from lincolnshire, United Kingdom

yes.... agree with nina....
beautifull image ~~!!

8 May 2010 11:33am

Lilly from La Ménitré, France

A sad history...

8 May 2010 12:28pm

Annierita & Annisabelle from New Delhi & Belle Ile, India

yes you do it great.

8 May 2010 2:09pm

Elisa from Rosario, Argentina

Cette série est étonnante et touchante:)
Bon samedi et amitiés
Elisa, Argentine

8 May 2010 3:04pm

Avinash from Dharamshala, India

this photograph is very heart touching...
Don't know what else I should say..but its really sad..

8 May 2010 6:31pm

Alun from cheshire, United Kingdom

really great focus, very good image

8 May 2010 7:13pm

Yvon from Orleans, France

terrefic shot, hard for us

8 May 2010 8:13pm

Tede from Aubenas 07, France

Terrible picture, it's nice to show that everything wrong in this world where the equality of men it is not for tomorrow as the money is king in the world. Good day.

8 May 2010 8:32pm

uvaraj from New Jersey, United States

heartbreaking shot. Thanks for your work...Well done Sir.

8 May 2010 9:46pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

A fabulous image, Pavan.

8 May 2010 10:32pm

Seraphine from San Francisco, United States

awww. poor little boy.
the words you write are beautiful- it *is* a crime for governments to ignore the people they should be representing. yes, the problems of mankind are overwhelming, but every day there should be some measure of success. without progess, mankind only regresses and that is a danger to the well being of everyone, even the rich.

8 May 2010 10:33pm

@Seraphine: Thank you Sera, but it is not the rich nor success & progress that I am against... It is the corruption in every corner of our governing system, worldwide, that is eroding our moral and social structure to the peril of the weak and underprivileged! Perhaps it would be interesting to note that deposits in the Swiss bank accounts of politicians in this country are estimated to be larger than 5 times the national debt!

Satvik from Columbus, United States

A very sad and poignant scene ! Nicely captured Pavan.

8 May 2010 10:40pm

Amir Taheri Kondar from Bandar Abbas, Iran

nice emotional capture !

9 May 2010 2:34am

Sophie from France

All the poverty of the world expressed in a glance.

9 May 2010 6:17am

Sidney from Manila, Philippines

Poor kid... so sad!

9 May 2010 6:56am

Antoine from France

It's a very sad. Have a great day Pavan.

9 May 2010 7:32am

Leena from Joensuu, Finland

We have here Mother`s day and this photo makes tears in my eyes, it is heartbreaking to see.

I wish happy day to you!

9 May 2010 7:42am

Mags from Paris, France

A wonderful picture, he looks very sad, very emotional.

9 May 2010 8:32am

tce76 from Saint Laurent de Brèvedent, France

Quelle triste monde!
Très bien photographié en tout cas.

9 May 2010 9:54am

pixator from Iran


9 May 2010 11:14am

Magrat from Nordhausen, Germany

No words could describe what I feel... it brings tears in my eyes...

9 May 2010 11:56am

Annierita & Annisabelle from New Delhi & Belle Ile, India

I just answer about your question:annisabelle has a computer so but was not home ;so now I come back home so It 's better to write ...I'm waiting for your next picture ;this one I like seems to be a WAR picture universal pain

9 May 2010 1:34pm

Tamara from Aarschot, Belgium

A very sad story indeed... but sometimes it's good to remind people that it's a reality ! And that we don't even realize what a luxury life we live every day ! Great street capture Pavan, congratulations :)

9 May 2010 1:58pm

El pare from Prepirineu, Spain

This is an image of those that reach the soul.

9 May 2010 2:03pm

Fonts from Barcelona, Spain

A striking scene. The child appears sad and feels abandoned. Perhaps the figure qua goes by you left him alone! Probably return soon ... How much sadness in a baby face ... An instant heart shrinking along with the piece of reading you have chosen. Sad Poetry over and over! Best regards, Adela

9 May 2010 2:39pm

Thea from Leeuwarden, Netherlands

Ohmy....what a fantastic photo of a screaming hurts to watch and to realize
this is happening now..a picture that I wont forget.

9 May 2010 2:46pm

MARIANA from Waterloo, Canada

Wonderful image . It is such a powerful story telling image :)

9 May 2010 2:55pm

rainboy from Nainital, India

so much still needs to be done...

a painful pic...

9 May 2010 4:10pm

foto-rolero54 from Charleroi, Belgium

I like this framing, it is superb!

9 May 2010 4:19pm

Ginnie from Netherlands

May our hearts be broken by the things that break the heart of God!

9 May 2010 4:35pm

JJ from Jersey City, United States

Superb shot making such a powerful statement, brilliant work in both photos, words and sentiment

9 May 2010 5:05pm

Dulcie from Danville, CA, United States

Oh, a beautiful and tender image so wonderfully executed, so full of "story" and pathos.
Appropriate dark and gritty tones. BRAVO. Paul!

9 May 2010 5:11pm

danou-yepa from Nice, France

hi pavan , wonderful photo to denounce poverty, a picture full of strength and touches the heart , incredible expression and B/W give more impact , 5* for this one . have a nice evening .

9 May 2010 6:05pm

phil from angoulême, France

Malgré le 400 on sent le gamin tout proche et on devine sa pensée

9 May 2010 6:33pm

frammy from MIRAMAS, France

very nice

9 May 2010 6:44pm

Dulcie from Danville, CA, United States

Excuse me, I meant "Pavan" and my fingers wrote Paul. I know better !!! :-)

9 May 2010 6:50pm

@Dulcie: Don' worry about it Dulcie:)

P J W Miller from Chase Terrace, United Kingdom

Exquisite Pavan, exquisite

9 May 2010 7:06pm

Mhelene from Paris, France

Such strong photo ! A superb framing with somebody passing-by !

9 May 2010 7:21pm

Piyush Garyali from Blacksburg, United States

:( It is indeed sad. Powerful shot Pavan

9 May 2010 7:42pm

kiwisa from North Shore, New Zealand

Oh my word, that makes me so sad. Les Miserables as a title fits.

9 May 2010 8:09pm

Marcie from Newton, United States

Powerful piece of photo-journalism. An extraordinary series..

9 May 2010 8:22pm

akarui from Kagoshima, Japan

A very strong picture with an excellent framing!! I love it.

9 May 2010 11:11pm

Mohsen from Tehran, Iran


9 May 2010 11:22pm

bluechameleon from Vancouver, Canada

A heart wrenching and powerful image. Why life has to be so hard, I do not know...beautiful shot.

10 May 2010 12:10am

@bluechameleon: The answers are not simple to find as everything is a part of a larger plan. What is important is that we take notice and share the universal pain just as we share the joy and beauty of everything around us...a positive change will follow! Thank you so much Sharon:)

flyingwind风飞扬 from Bridgetown, Barbados

Great! Like a news photography! Very nice!

10 May 2010 12:29am

John Maslowski from Dallas, United States

A very moving image, so sad especially when children are involved. Excellent composition that creates a powerful composition.

10 May 2010 2:18am

michele from Canada

i looked at this yesterday and really liked it. i didn't comment because at the time i wasn't sure what to say - perhaps i'm too hardened to images of poverty and suffering. certainly i saw the unhappiness in this young man's face but for me the power in the image is in the woman or girls hands and the motion and pattern of her dress. i do find this a very compelling image - perhaps just not for the reasons other's do.

10 May 2010 2:21am

@michele: Thank you Michelle..perhaps you have hardened yourself because you find the misery unbearable...but your response is meaningful & valuable as it has the power to bring about a positive change, however small, when it combines with the thoughts and emotions of others & collectively becomes a force to reckon with:)

Jhon from Fine Land, Singapore

The plight of poverty has been well captured. It is all written on the kid face.

10 May 2010 3:20am

fabrizio from Rome, Italy

the continuation of a sad history, the future of the world through the eyes of our children

10 May 2010 5:44am

yz from Budapest, Hungary

really moving shot

10 May 2010 6:48am

shoti from somewhere in, China

a powerful photograph Pavan. one that depicts the grittier side of humans.

11 May 2010 11:56am

Monique from Koh Samui, Thailand

This is really heartbreaking to see and so contrasting with the lovely dress just walking out of the frame and this sad looking little fellow ...

12 May 2010 4:14am

Ddo from Verdun, France

Emotional and very sad shot. It touch me

13 May 2010 8:24am

Marie from FRESNES, France

j'aime ce cadrage, très belle photo.

15 May 2010 12:40pm

Eros from tehran, Iran

wow!! very powerful shots pavan!

15 May 2010 2:28pm

Barbara from Florida, United States

The abandonment of this little one is hurtful. A tiny example, the result of a much bigger problem of a system that has abandoned it's people.
It is sad not being able to comfort him but it would only be temporary as there are so many in this world like him.
What is most difficult is to see this and know there are children who will never know to be without.
I have had this image opened many hours returning to it not knowing how to comment.
You are a remarkable photographer!

19 May 2010 1:32am

@Barbara: Thank you are most sensitive and very kind:)

AnneCphotography from somewhere over the rainbow, France

hello Pavan, my english is not very good but I will do my best ;) I'm really touched by your pictures ... as a human, as a mother I can't accept that ... We are all responsible for our children and your pictures and words are so important ... we cannot save the all humanity but we can do our best every day for the person around us, we have THIS responsability everyone and what you do is an example for me ...

20 May 2010 7:10pm

@AnneCphotography: Hi Anne...Being a part of the universal intelligence that created everything in the universe, we are all connected as parts of a whole...what happens to one of us, affects us when we feel the pain of someone else, we help not just him but ourselves too... Your words are very touching and I am glad you feel this way and care...I am very grateful for your empathy and participation...Thank you:)

Christine Walsh from Astoria, NY, United States

"Great perils have this beauty, that they bring to light the fraternity of strangers." Victor Hugo

A beautiful, yet sad photo (my favorite of the series) that seems to have brought many viewers together. Thank you for showing this suffering - as we (the collective) need to be reminded that there are little (and big) ones that have nothing, no hope, and just get through a day. And like Anne above - it is a reminder that if we can not help those so far away, we should make the effort to help those near us.

26 May 2010 7:28pm

@Christine Walsh: "Great perils have this beauty, that they bring to light the fraternity of strangers." How true Christine, how true! Every act of ours, good and bad, affects us all, near and far...You can certainly help ALL of humanity, every living thing in the universe, if you can bring even a smile to just ONE face each day! Thank you so very much for your kind words, thoughts and feelings:)

Jocelyn from Massachusetts, United States

your photos are very powerful and stir up a lot of emotion. great work. keep going with it.

26 May 2010 7:29pm

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