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...Shortchanged In His Old Age...

Posted by
Pavan Kaul (Mumbai, India) on 26 July 2010 in Documentary & Street and Portfolio.

Old age needs so little but needs that little so much.
~ Margaret Willour

NIKON D700 1/640 second F/11.0 ISO 1600 300 mm

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

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Alun from cheshire, United Kingdom

The little girl is really brought to my attention by thee nice focus on her, great job

26 Jul 2010 5:20am

Nina from Haute Loire, France

A curious look behind the shoulder of the old man is more comforting... beautiful duet youth-old age!

26 Jul 2010 5:33am

Yvon from Orleans, France

old or gold age, wonderful portrait, Pavan

26 Jul 2010 5:35am

CElliottUK from Reading, United Kingdom

Yep, to me it's the little girl that is the fantastic focus...a knowing, curious look in her eyes.., aw Alun said, great job

26 Jul 2010 5:43am

Dilwenn from Bordeaux, France

Two generations side by side!
I like the glance curious about this girl, the grandfather, seems somewhere else!
Have a good day!

26 Jul 2010 5:52am

Aboololo from Govashir, Iran

It has sadness for me . It means life cycle . All of we will die ! Great composition .

26 Jul 2010 6:04am

Marie LC from France

I like the contrast between the concentration of the old man and the glance curious about the child

26 Jul 2010 6:05am

Bettina from Los Angeles, United States

Great compassion make another great shot here. The child looking directly at you with such an incisive look is amazing. It seems uncertain, curious, and happy at the same time. The old man looks so sweet and kind. He holds a coin in his hand, just looking at it, holding it out like an object. What is this really that makes the world go round? Very poignant, very beautiful!

26 Jul 2010 6:09am

@Bettina: I look forward to your incisive and informed comments Betty! They always help me see my own work in a different light! Thank you so much:)

kiwisa from North Shore, New Zealand

Your people studies are always so inspired and demonstrate the story teller in you. I see the old looking to what was and the young looking to what is. Great work as always Pavan

26 Jul 2010 6:32am

@kiwisa: Frances, thank you so much:)

prarthana from singapore, Singapore

nice title! though the pic is more about the kid over his shoulder. i love the image - and especially the child looking straight at the camera really elevates it! beautiful!

26 Jul 2010 6:45am

QB from Canada

There's more of a story here. We have the same market, I think. In the first, a child, and here an old man. He's holding a coin, who is it for, who is it from? I don't know. But I do know that the photographer's focus is on the child. Is that where the old man is shortchanged? Nothing you have done as a grown man can compare to what a child might yet do... They have the certainty of a future (even if it isn't certain, they can believe in it -- and with what abandon they can throw away time as though it's endless.

No, I don't think that's what the photographer is saying at all, but something else entirely. I think I will have to live a bit longer before I really understand the quote.

Quite an image, if it can resonate strongly in so many different ways.

26 Jul 2010 6:49am

@QB: What I am trying to say is that when people 'shortchange' an old man, just for the 'kick' of having got a 'bargain', of having taken back home some goods for a few pennies less, how do they fail to see the little innocent child standing, whom they may be robbing and cheating out of a better future?? Are we so blinded by our petty self centered greed..??? The old man is staring hopelessly at the coin, which means SO MUCH to him but is less than the woman owes him....where is our sense of fairness?? Of kindness?? Of generosity!!! I wish people would save the bargaining for the big superstores and designer outlets (where it is considered a sin to bargain) and spare these poor souls!!! I usually dislike having to explain my pictures as I feel they gain so much from what different people read in them...making them so much richer:) Thank you!!

kate from lincolnshire, United Kingdom

a beautiful stunning portrait!! you have her attention!!

26 Jul 2010 6:59am

Nigel from Avening, United Kingdom

Super selective focussing.

26 Jul 2010 7:05am

Ginnie from Netherlands

OMG, what a fabulous quote...and image to correspond, Pavan!

26 Jul 2010 7:11am

@Ginnie: Thank you so much Ginnie! I'm glad you liked this!

Fonts from Barcelona, Spain

Awesome scene in a market, I imagine! A true study of human expressions, from a child to an old man teaches us a coin stoic in his hand! A child who is inquisitive and is watching a man watching his hand! Imagining histories possible. I prefer to live intensely what your work inspires me again Pavan! Best regards friend! Adela

26 Jul 2010 7:15am

@Fonts: You remarks are always so full of caring and reveal your sensitive nature Adela! To live intensely is the only way to live! By that I do not mean 'to be in a state of turmoil or conflict', but to be aware of the beauty, happiness, pleasure as well as the pain and sorrow around us and to share that as well, in the most positive way:) Thank you for the wonderful encouragement!

k@ from Paris, France

I love the eye-contact of the serious vivid little girl and the superb gesture frozen here with some food still on her chin, and that focus on her makes the man even "smoothier", love the quote - so true & moving - and the story about (hard) Time passing from childhood to old age. Subtle as always.

26 Jul 2010 7:18am

@k@: It is always a pleasure Karine, to read your deep analysis of a picture! My sincere thanks:)

fabrizio from Rome, Italy

another one interesting b/w, exellent composition and special portrait

26 Jul 2010 7:20am

Thami from Morocco

J'aime bien l'expression des mains dans cette scène vivante!
Bonne journée lumineuse!

26 Jul 2010 7:56am

Jean-Luc from Lyon, France

Dear Pavan , u catched with perfection lot of constrasts here : Old and young , concentration and dispersal. A deep and beautiful double portrait, full of emotions again one time - thanks - !

26 Jul 2010 8:02am

@Jean-Luc: Thank you Jean - Luc! Much appreciated:)

BeLTxA from Menorca, Spain

sweet lady in the market.

26 Jul 2010 8:46am

PRASHANT from Mumbai, India

Candid moment....nicely timed to get this perfect moment.

26 Jul 2010 8:47am

Thea from Leeuwarden, Netherlands

Such a fine shot again Pavan..the worries of the older man,the happy unworried
child,its all there in this beautiful picture!

26 Jul 2010 9:15am

@Thea: Thank you Thea!

✿ Anina ✿ from Auckland, New Zealand

WOW! I love the "look" of the child you have captured so well. Eyes that look right into my soul. As if she knows way more than what she should at this age. He looks at the coin almost with no feeling, as if he is used to being shortchanged.

26 Jul 2010 9:30am

@✿ Anina ✿: Anina, you are so kind. Thank you:)

Leena from Joensuu, Finland

Yes, the photo is perfect, but the quiddity ( content ) of this situation is so big thing, that it demands a different forum than these sites, I suppose.
But it is a fine thing to put us to think and realize, how different things are in the different parts of our world.
Thank you Pavan!

26 Jul 2010 9:32am

@Leena: Thank you so much Leena!

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

A beautiful interplay between generations

26 Jul 2010 10:31am

Mhelene from Paris, France

Beautiful portrait !

26 Jul 2010 10:49am

Phil David Alexander Morris from Canada

Great shot of the man and his produce and the beautiful child
beside him, so interesting as he surveys his money. It is a
very beautiful photo with great lighting.

26 Jul 2010 11:21am

@Phil David Alexander Morris: Many thanks Phil!

Lorraine from Gatineau, Canada

Oh my gosh this is such a beautiful slice of life...every pixel is special ? 10 stars for you...

26 Jul 2010 11:51am

@Lorraine: Thank you Lorraine!

Tamara from Aarschot, Belgium

A very strong image again Pavan, the expression of the old man tells so much... Have a nice day :)

26 Jul 2010 12:12pm

arneet from delhi, India

I agree with your reply given to QB......
i especially like it where you have mentioned that ppl are ashamed of bargaining in big designer outlets but think that its there right as a consumer to bargain with poor vendors,leave alone old ppl.......
anyways good shot and like always you have added a great quote to it.......:)

26 Jul 2010 12:38pm

Joan Felix from Jakarta, Indonesia

wow very great candid...

26 Jul 2010 1:19pm

bluechameleon from Vancouver, Canada

I always find a fascination between the old and the young portraits. One who's like if just beginning with so much experience to gain, and the other who has so much experience and wisdom already. It's the point in life(s) where I think there is a brief meeting of being one in the same, before the directions change...
Wonderful shot.

26 Jul 2010 1:27pm

@bluechameleon: Your wonderful insights and appreciation are most encouraging! Thank you!

SOUL AFLAME from The bosom of Mother Nature, United Kingdom

Another incredibly powerful, incisive and sad frame Pavan that I would have added my usual fiery tempest of thoughts to, if not for your reply earlier which says so succintly and eloquently in a few sentences what I would have blustered away at in many.

Mankind has become so blinkered to the harsh reality of life for others, and so selfish that all we want to see are circumstances that benefit ourselves, whether shortchanging someone from whom we have bartered and beaten down, or in simply passing by a homeless person who asks for some spare change, looking the other way, hoping that they will just go away and stop spoiling our day. We've become a very unpleasant species in so many ways and so few have the heart and soul, the will to care, love enough and compassion to spare on those less fortunate than themselves.

The look on the child's face, so perfectly captured, as he stares into my soul and asks me metaphorically if I feel proud for stealing the food from his table, the clothes from his back. Awesome documentary photography as I have come to expect from a man so talented and compassionate as yourself.

26 Jul 2010 1:37pm

@SOUL AFLAME: A friend is one who shares our innermost thoughts and feelings, appreciates and encourages our efforts and does not hesitate to share his own ideas and knowledge with us. You Paul, are a true friend:) Thank you!

Farnaaz from Iran, Iran

No wonder you can make your film through your photos specially when you capture people in this perfect way ... I prefer to watch photos rather than movies because I prefer to read short stories rather than novel !
The titles are enjoyable .

26 Jul 2010 1:54pm

@Farnaaz: Movies, photography, writing, painting, music...are all wonderful means of self expression and creative outlets without which an artist would not survive. These art forms also serve a great purpose and need for showing, revealing, highlighting and sharing of beauty, ideas, feelings and thoughts that enrich the common experience, uplift the soul and make this world a better place. To nurture an artist is a duty, to kill one, a sin. Thank you for your support and appreciation Farnaaz:)

Luis Rodrigues from Lisbon, Portugal

Wonderfull look of the boy, explendid!

26 Jul 2010 2:06pm

Annierita & Annisabelle from New Delhi & Belle Ile, India


26 Jul 2010 2:26pm

danou-yepa from Nice, France

excellent selected focus , very nice expression of this children , amazing scene of life and potraits pavan ; i love !

26 Jul 2010 2:35pm

@danou-yepa: Thanks Dany! So glad you like this:)

Wild Mustang Photography from Carlisle, United States

This is superb Pavan! Yes , You are a superb artist! Stunning!

26 Jul 2010 3:31pm

@Wild Mustang Photography: And you are very kind Pam, thank you:)

JJ from Jersey City, United States

Your street shots are so powerful and touching documenting peoples life in a way that is compelling and needs to be seen by a wider audience

26 Jul 2010 4:04pm

@JJ: Thank you JJ! I really appreciate that:)


Superbe portrait!!
Amitiés de France:CLAIRE

26 Jul 2010 4:39pm

Jyoti from Mumbai, India


26 Jul 2010 4:51pm

Calusarus from St Sorlin en Valloire, France

A cute portrait

26 Jul 2010 5:20pm

Becky from los angeles, United States

Excellent and touching capture! The wise eyes on the little girl are just astounding. Love the story in this shot. Great!

26 Jul 2010 5:24pm

@Becky: Thanks Becky!

Antoine from France

Superb portraits with un monochrome very beautiful. Have a lovely day Pavan.

26 Jul 2010 5:52pm

Stephen Phillips from San Francisco, United States

Continued good and detailed work in this thoughtful series.

26 Jul 2010 6:05pm

MAMYNI from Argenteau-Visé, Belgium

The serenity of the great age and the frankness of the childhood. Superb portraits.

26 Jul 2010 6:23pm

Olivier from Manage, Belgium

i like this simply picture of simply lifes...congratulations for this shot!

26 Jul 2010 6:52pm

Valérie from France

Very touching this picture and the choice of the black and the white sticks perfectly... Bravo

26 Jul 2010 7:30pm

The MaJor from TM HooD, Iran


26 Jul 2010 7:45pm

Philip from South Wales, United Kingdom

Nice perspective and b&w works well. Slightly over exposed on his white shirt probably because the metering is one the small boy. Nice shot though.

26 Jul 2010 8:10pm

eva from Rouen, France

a very great shot...

26 Jul 2010 9:11pm

Michael from Chester, United Kingdom

The old man is pondering about his money, but such matters mean nothing to kids.... their lives are too busy. Excellent close shot into their lives.

26 Jul 2010 10:13pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

Fabulous capture.

26 Jul 2010 10:44pm

marc battault from clermont ferrand, France

a nice portrait !!
five stars !
friendships !

26 Jul 2010 11:39pm

flyingwind风飞扬 from Bridgetown, Barbados

Great contrast! Impressive photo!

26 Jul 2010 11:44pm

Dutçh from Chicagoland, United States

The little one reminds me of Oliver Twist.. with bowl in hand, "Please Sir, can I have some more?". Nice portraits.

27 Jul 2010 1:36am

@Dutçh: Thank you Dutch:)

Othersideblue from Kerman, Iran

Feels like the little boy's cheeks are just the God's creation for warm motherly kisses and right peering into the crowd as if waiting for the long forgotten mother's warm hug his black lovely eyes is shining with anticipation .

27 Jul 2010 3:06am

@Othersideblue: That's SUCH a loving comment! You have a warm heart and that is so wonderful and is the need of the hour! Thank you:)

Satvik from Columbus, United States

Excellent capture Pavan ! the quote is so apt for this image, it's so true.

27 Jul 2010 3:06am

@Satvik: Thank you:)

Sophie from France

Un regard de toute beauté ! bravo à toi Pavan c'est une merveille !

27 Jul 2010 4:13am

QB from Canada

Ah, I see. Interesting.

Naturally, I would not understand the image, or the meaning of the coin in the hand. I think attempting to bargain is mostly considered quite rude here, except under rare and ritualized circumstances, such as the purchase of a car. I've never done it, nor actually seen it done for any purchase that wasn't costing the buyer at least a month's salary. The seller has all the advantage in this part of the world.

27 Jul 2010 6:29am

Fonts from Barcelona, Spain

We agree friend ... this is life! Adela

27 Jul 2010 9:12am

tce76 from Saint Laurent de Brèvedent, France

Ce cliché et celui d'hier sont étonnant de vérité.
Le choix du N&B est aussi judicieux, quant à la netteté, rien à redire non plus.

27 Jul 2010 8:13pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

A great quote and even greater photo. It seems generations can be shortchanged.

27 Jul 2010 9:18pm

Anne from a little red dot, Singapore

Money makes the world go round, a harsh fact and reality to survive...definitely not a good feeling to be shortchanged. A great image that tells a lot of stories...good job!!

28 Jul 2010 4:12am

1/640 second
ISO 1600
300 mm