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Posted by
Pavan Kaul (Mumbai, India) on 15 June 2010 in Documentary & Street and Portfolio.

“If you can't feed a hundred people, then just feed one.”
~ Mother Teresa


Watching him hungrily wolf down the plain rice straight out of a plastic bag, seated outside a shop that was shut, I could not help feeling sad and hugely ashamed at the degradation of this human being....


These pictures were taken at 1.30 pm, on a bright, hot afternoon...it was lunchtime as I walked the backstreets of Marine Lines, a busy up market main commercial area of Mumbai. It is appalling to see the scores of homeless, poverty stricken people that work, beg and live on the streets in this commercial capital of India. One of the most crowded places by day and night, the scores of people who drive and walk down these roads, do not so much as glance at these human rejects...who eat like animals, live like animals and die like animals on these sidewalks!! This is my humble effort to make someone look at them.....

Canon PowerShot S90 1/125 second F/4.9 ISO 250 23 mm

A film maker from India who has recently rediscovered his passion for photography.


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Farnaaz from Iran, Iran

Actually I was thinking about the men and now is their turn ..
as ususal impressive . Very sad and unfortunately these sadness is in many countries in the world .

15 Jun 2010 5:24am

@Farnaaz: Farnaaz, there are children, women, men, animals, plant & nature, all suffering the world over, as a result of the greed and selfishness of a few! If we can feel their pain, let us DO something...ANYTHING...however small, just do it:)

Vinod from Bangalore, India

Pavan, You really touching hearts... Its good you could capture the moments properly... Sometimes we wont be able to capture too... Its too sad... Lets hope we can feel atleast 1 stomach..

15 Jun 2010 5:30am

@Vinod: Certainly, we all can Vinod! I am sure you can afford to give ONE person, ONE meal ONCE a week? Thanks:)

kate from lincolnshire, United Kingdom

another good touching scene you have captured! well done!!

15 Jun 2010 5:41am

Annierita & Annisabelle from New Delhi & Belle Ile, India

What to say more ?

15 Jun 2010 6:10am

Satvik from Columbus, United States

A heart wrenching sight ! the paved street, building and the bike around him...all present such a shocking contrast to his plight.

15 Jun 2010 6:19am

larans from Lund, Sweden

Some very great pictures/stories you are tlling us in these last posts. The mood, the contrasts and the compositions are magnificent and really strengthen the message.

15 Jun 2010 6:24am

Becky from los angeles, United States

This just says so much. His face, his desperation. It is much too common here where I live as well. I worked with the homeless for 5 years - housing them - feeding them.
I will never understand a world that uses its wealth for war instead of taking care of one another.

15 Jun 2010 6:41am

@Becky: I am so happy to learn that you did all that good work Becky...Do continue to do your bit...there are so many who need it...we can only follow our nature. Those whose nature it is to heal and help will do so and others whose nature it is to make war will make war, but ultimately whatever you do to others, you do to yourself! Thank you:)

El pare from Prepirineu, Spain

Unfortunately there are increasingly more urban poor, homeless.

15 Jun 2010 6:57am

Tede from Aubenas 07, France

The world is made of inequality which are becoming larger between rich and poor. Very beautiful moving picture. Good day.

15 Jun 2010 7:07am

jpla from St Barthélémy d, France

Jolie compo ! Bonne journée
JP

15 Jun 2010 7:09am

iren from tehran, Iran

oh pavan...i hate black & ugly face of poverty...
as always, great shot...

15 Jun 2010 7:24am

@iren: I understand Iren, but we must look at it for it is in a way, our own! Thank you:)

Christel from Köln, Germany

Good morning, Pavan,
It is a very sad and shocking sight. Sometimes I do not understand the world anymore. Misery and poverty are distributed all over the world. The choice of color supports the scene positive. The accompanying words to encourage people to think.
Have a nice day and thanks for your nice comment. Sincerely Christel

15 Jun 2010 7:29am

Olivier from Manage, Belgium

strong capture...

15 Jun 2010 7:31am

Zing from Hamilton, New Zealand

Sad, but a great documentary shot.

15 Jun 2010 7:41am

Marie LC from Dauphiné, France

Beautiful photo of atmosphere of course

15 Jun 2010 8:13am

Julie from Hillerød, Denmark

What a choc to see someone eat plain rice so ferociously, but what a great catch. Thank you Pavan for bringing up this scene - what a perspective my life suddenly gets. We can never see the truth of poverty enough times.

15 Jun 2010 8:21am

@Julie: Thank you Julie, for turning a sympathetic eye on this tragic scene:)

Vidya from Leeds, United Kingdom

people talk about karma ... is this his karma ? What has done to go through this ? Can he change his karma? What can I do to change this situation for him, my country and my world ? So many question for which I wish I could find answers to...

15 Jun 2010 8:25am

@Vidya: Vidya, there are no answers, only actions and 'Karam'...just do your bit, anything...doesn't have to be money or things that you give...a smile will also do...Thank you:)

LB Vision from PARIS, France

Nice composition, i like this pics and the b/w is dirty as i like ! Good testimony !! Peace !

15 Jun 2010 8:27am

Vitor Martins from Lisboa, Portugal

Beautiful and dramatic images in this serie. Congratulation for this fantastic work.

15 Jun 2010 8:49am

Mike from Lichfield, United Kingdom

A wonderful street shot. Nice work!

15 Jun 2010 9:00am

P J W Miller from Chase Terrace, United Kingdom

It is terrible that humanity has to stoop so low

15 Jun 2010 9:05am

@P J W Miller: It is Peter...Thank you:)

Mhelene from Paris, France

A great composition !Really feeling sad !

15 Jun 2010 9:07am

Tamara from Aarschot, Belgium

Sad scene again, but so well photographed ! I like the composition with the scooter at the left side... very well done Pavan ! Have a nice day :)

15 Jun 2010 9:10am

Emmeji from France

Que dire de plus ???

15 Jun 2010 9:19am

danou-yepa from Nice, France

great serie , very sad but wonderful captures ,

15 Jun 2010 9:21am

Philip from South Wales, United Kingdom

Thought provoking image/commentary. I feel a bit guilty about liking you image when I now know what he is eating and his problable circumstances.

15 Jun 2010 9:49am

@Philip: Thank you Philip, for feeling for this poor man:)

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

Hard to take, but excellent reportage in this series Pavan

15 Jun 2010 9:54am

pixator from kerman, Iran

super cool shot

15 Jun 2010 9:58am

Fonts from Barcelona, Spain

Hungry! that much unfortunately ... and that humanity so casually accept it! It is a shame Pavan! Excellent serie!

15 Jun 2010 10:11am

@Fonts: Thanks Adela!

Dilwenn from Bordeaux, France

On pourrait penser que la pauvreté existe que dans le tiers monde mais elle est aussi bien présente dans les pays développés sous diverses formes et elle est aussi sombre que ton image!
Bonne journée Pavan!

15 Jun 2010 10:38am

Thami from Fès, Morocco

Eternel problème: faut-il manger pour vivre ou vivre pour manger ?
Bonne journée lumineuse!

15 Jun 2010 10:48am

✿ Anina ✿ from Auckland, New Zealand

This is such a sad scene. My heart is bleeding for this person. Why does the world (life) has to be so harsh towards some people? And to think there's poverty all over the world... Thanks for telling this story. What always amazes me is that we've got these massive world wide organisations (with loads of funds) that are fighting to "protect earth", and yet there are only a handful that fight for the poor...

15 Jun 2010 10:48am

@✿ Anina ✿: It is not life but those who have the responsibility to ensure the basics required for a dignified, human existence, foe everyone! Resources are unlimited, but are filtered away into the numbered accounts of those responsible for this state of affairs! Thank you for sharing the pain Anina:)

JJ from Jersey City, United States

Pravan, you are doing a wonderful job of documenting the shameless conditions some are forced to endure there, its so easy for many to turn a blind eye, but I feel its important that you keep posting shots like these to bring it to the attention of more people, Keep up the great work

15 Jun 2010 10:55am

@JJ: Thank you JJ, for the appreciation and encouragement. I sometimes feel that maybe nobody wants to see all this ugly poverty, and am I boring everyone? But then I think we have to look at this misery, only then will we try to do something...however small...every little thing counts...I am also starting up a charity, where collections will go towards positive steps to rehabilitate these poor people!

JJ from Jersey City, United States

And please forgive me for my typo with your name, Pavan, I am terrible for typos at the best of times but hate when I mis spell someones name

15 Jun 2010 10:56am

@JJ: That's all right JJ..don't worry about it:)

Phil David Alexander Morris from Saskatoon, Canada

A great shot and his pants do not hide his extremely thin legs and his need of food. Very moving photograph.

15 Jun 2010 11:00am

@Phil David Alexander Morris: Thank you Phil!

pixator from kerman, Iran

Oh!
Great shot!

15 Jun 2010 11:09am

Sophie from France

Témoignage poignant d'une société qui ne se préoccupe plus de l'être humain.
Bravo Pavan ! I like !

15 Jun 2010 11:57am

The MaJor from TM HooD, Iran

sad but true...!

15 Jun 2010 12:02pm

Karine from France

Very sad but so real...
Bon après midi

15 Jun 2010 12:03pm

SOUL AFLAME from The bosom of Mother Nature, United Kingdom

It's always such a difficuly dilemma I feel when faced with the homeless, the poor, in any city in any country of the world. I always feel great sadness and sorrow at their plight and also humble and guilty for the possessions I crave or own when they have nothing but the clothes on their back.

I reconcile myself with the fact that I have had to work so hard for every penny I own and every possession that I have, and I also often give money to street people, vagrants in the hope that it will get them something to eat or drink and perhaps help them through another day. I first began photography in the late seventies, shooting in black and white 35mm, the vagrants in Central London where I soon learned that every man (and woman) has a history, a past life and a story to tell. What we must do is open our eyes and ears to these people and realise that we may all be just a few circumstances, twists of fate away from a similar fate.

Painful and sad to view, Pavan, but necessary to make us think and feel, that people such as yourself take such emotional and humbling photographs, for without them, we all become blinkered and selfish.

15 Jun 2010 12:55pm

@SOUL AFLAME: Thank you Paul for such wonderful encouragement. I feel that helping these forsaken people who have no one to turn to is a worthy cause to devote some of one's life to, hence not only have I turned my camera towards them, I am also in the process of setting up a charity to do something worthwhile for the poor and homeless.

Elisa from Rosario, Argentina

Bonjour!
C´est une belle prise, bien trouvée
Bon mardi
Amicalement
Elisa, à Rosario, Argentine

15 Jun 2010 12:58pm

MARIANA from Waterloo, Canada

Wonderful image . Great saying !

15 Jun 2010 1:01pm

B.Held from Santa Fe, United States

this is stunning!

15 Jun 2010 1:30pm

Piyush Garyali from Blacksburg, United States

Read your response to Paul's comment. It is so nice to know that you are going to set up a charity. The amount of white collar-ism in India has made it impossible to ensure that the needy and helpless get any help and it is touching to see people like you take the initiative to reach out.
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Such an emotional and strong photo Pavan. I feel sorry for this man but it also makes me happy to see that he had something to eat .. for there are people who don't even get that. :(

15 Jun 2010 1:52pm

@Piyush Garyali: Thank you Piyush. The sad part is that most of the time money from most charities never reaches the people it's meant for. My effort will be to personally ensure this does not happen.

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

Excellent capture. Terrific quote.

15 Jun 2010 2:30pm

Nina from Haute Loire, France

A very strong picture as the tittle...

15 Jun 2010 2:47pm

Don from spokane, United States

A very strong pictorial statement about the poverty stricken of the world. Fine street shot.

15 Jun 2010 2:52pm

Shahryar from Isfahan, Iran

great capture :))

15 Jun 2010 3:17pm

S à H å R from tehran, Iran

Excellent Shot... Nicely done! :)

15 Jun 2010 3:37pm

Viewfinder from Bradenton, FL, United States

It is hard to see this; it is even harder to realize how careless so many of us are about the plight of people all around us. Is it fear, insensitivity, uncertainty ,selfishness, or something else that leads us past them on our streets every day with no acknowledgment at all? You are doing something very important by giving this one individual person a face which we each must examine in our hearts.

15 Jun 2010 3:42pm

@Viewfinder: Thanks Bro! I am grateful for your support extended to these poor people. You are very kind:)

Richard from Montferland, Netherlands

Brilliant shot Pavan. Speechless!!

15 Jun 2010 3:55pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

A sad commentary so brilliantly captured.

15 Jun 2010 3:57pm

Scott F. Schilling from San Martin, United States

Fantastic work Pavan! A great documentary image!

15 Jun 2010 4:00pm

Fred from Manila, Philippines

Beautiful. You captured a somewhat sensitive image. It makes me reflect on what is parallel there and my country. I see the same things, and I feel the same. We all want to make the world better. Good job!

15 Jun 2010 4:07pm

@Fred: Thank you so much Fred:)

iren from Iran

I understand poverty but it scare me, because It Remember me my past life:(((((((((
& i like one day that day All of us live comfortably and well and in peace!

15 Jun 2010 4:08pm

@iren: The past is dead Iren, and you have come out of it a stronger person. Let us help and support those who are weak and put their poverty in the past:)

hugo poon from hong kong, Hong Kong

Pavan, your image has been holding me in thrall!!! Your masterful composition and brilliant treatment have only made this even more depressing... dark and gloomy such scenes may be, yet due to that wide and warm humanity of you my dear friend, they are stirring up the long overdue sympathy and introspection of onlookers!

15 Jun 2010 4:15pm

@hugo poon: Thank you Hugo, you are so kind and a friend I value much. Everyone embraces and admires the beauty in this world. But who will look at these poor souls who are every bit the same as us all, only less fortunate and suffering because they are helpless. I want to hold up a mirror and show the ugliness and sadness that continues to exist because no one wants to look at it. It exists because we all turn away and pretend it does not concern us, or that we cannot do anything about it! Then WHO will? It could very well be any of us on that pavement, gobbling scraps of food, reduced to the state of an animal! Would we still be so unmoved???If each of us puts aside A penny a day, I think a lot of the pain and ugliness could be eradicated! Once again, I thank you for your attention and sharing, on behalf of these silently suffering souls:)

Mirjam from Kyiv, Ukraine

I understand the hunger ... I have it all around me. There are no words to tell what I feel ... but yes I do feel by seeing your picture.

15 Jun 2010 4:28pm

@Mirjam: Thank you Mirjam, for feeling the pain of these people! You could do something for those around you! They need you:)

jelb from France

Bonsoir,
A sad picture..Amazing composition..bravo!

15 Jun 2010 4:34pm

Sandy Weston from Madison, Maine, United States

You have posted many amazing shots to keep our minds focused to understand that during our so-called "difficult" lives there are so many more people who live daily horrors. How strong they are to survive these days when some days we don't even feel we can survive ours......

15 Jun 2010 4:47pm

@Sandy Weston: Thank you Sandy! These poor souls DO deserve our admiration for being so brave as to face such adversity and continue to live a worthless life!

Marie from FRESNES, France

jolie scène.

15 Jun 2010 5:29pm

SOUL AFLAME from The bosom of Mother Nature, United Kingdom

That's an incredible selfless and admirable thing to do, Pavan. It's a shame that the world does not have more people like your good self, as it would be so much the nicer place.

15 Jun 2010 6:03pm

@SOUL AFLAME: We are all the same Paul...we all have the capacity to Love, to help, to give, to nurture, to sacrifice, and this is proven by what we all do for our children, our families....we just need to begin to see every human, animal, plant and this planet for what it ACTUALLY IS....A PART OF OUR EXTENDED FAMILY, A PART OF OURSELVES! And that is the TRUTH my dear Friend:) Thank you so so much for caring:) P.S. It is not selfless at all...nothing ever is Paul:)

Calusarus from St Sorlin en Valloire, France

I like this street shot a lot

15 Jun 2010 6:04pm

Antoine from France

Superb composition with a very good framing. Have a lovely day Pavan.

15 Jun 2010 6:43pm

KBR from Geneva, Switzerland

I'm always asked the following: put a picture of misery, does not simply make this social injustice as an ordinary situation? initially it shocks us and then we become accustomed, such as images of wars, large doses they trivialize the conflict.
I am absolutely against injustice, but what can we do with concrete? Symbolic gestures will not solve the problem, we must change attitudes.
Just a humble point of view.

15 Jun 2010 7:06pm

@KBR: Thank you, I appreciate your question and concern! This is not just an attempt to make 'symbolic gestures', but to hold up a mirror, to compel to take notice, to get emotionally involved, to accept moral responsibility, for this sad state of affairs! It is an attempt to show people how sad is the state that they have 'become accustomed to'. An effort to 'change attitudes'. It is apathy towards what does not affect us directly that contributes to this state of the world! Awareness brings about action and action brings about change! I at my end am making attempts to begin a charity that will actually reach these poor people, and I hope there will be some others who will do likewise in their vicinity, as a result of these images!

kiwisa from North Shore, New Zealand

Another sad moment, which makes us stop and think about others. B&W works well here.

15 Jun 2010 7:55pm

marsa from Tehran, Iran

difficult to comment on this photo...it makes me sad. i hope someday world gets better. anyway it's a great street shot. have a nice day Pavan.

15 Jun 2010 7:56pm

frammy from MIRAMAS, France

very nice I wish you a good evening

15 Jun 2010 8:21pm

Mohsen from Tehran, Iran

Seems hungry :(

15 Jun 2010 10:08pm

foto-rolero54 from Charleroi, Belgium

A superb portrait, Pavan

15 Jun 2010 10:33pm

Dutch from Chicagoland, United States

I would find it difficult to pass without offering something. One time my daughter when she was younger even emptied her purse of all her change when I had nothing to give. It's.. hard to look at these photos I admit it because there have been times when my family struggled.. but it is also grounding and reminds us of what we do have. And maybe everyone could use a little shot of humility. One thing I do know.. even if you think you are boring some people, there is passion and meaning behind your work and if it touches only one person then that is one more person whose eyes are opened and hand perhaps ready to help.

15 Jun 2010 11:22pm

@Dutch: Thank you Dutch from the very core of my heart...your wonderful words do mean a great deal:)

Wild Mustang Photography from Carlisle, United States

This is superb B&W! Very nice composition! This has a lot of feeling! very well done! 5*****!

16 Jun 2010 12:04am

ajoeh from Mataram, Indonesia

Touching, great capture.

16 Jun 2010 2:20am

Bettina from Los Angeles, United States

This image stuck with me all day. The hungry devouring of the rice, as you describe and show. And the moped in the foreground, like a condemnation of modern world in silent witness. Great series.

16 Jun 2010 5:48am

Marc L. from France

Belle tranche de vie !

16 Jun 2010 7:18am

Canon PowerShot S90
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ISO 250
23 mm

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