Make : SONY
Model : DSLR-A100
Date Time Original : 2007-04-17 20:27:22
Focal Length : 280/1
Exposure Time : 1/500
F Number : 5.6
Iso Speed Ratings : 500
Flash : 24
Metering Mode : 5
Focal Length In35mm Film : 420
Orientation : 1
X Resolution : 72.0000000
Y Resolution : 72.0000000
Software : Adobe Photoshop CS2 Windows
Published: Sunday 6th of July 2008 05:30:29 PM
Cherished Bicycle This image really moved me. It is very unique and original. My eyes were immediately drawn to the dilapidated bike that is still functional.When I first looked at the image I thought...this can't be right. This image holds a lot of meaning. It tells me that the boy is very poor. He cannot afford a new bike or repairs on this one. It makes me appreciate the material things that I have and am able to afford. It also makes me feel bad because there are so may good things I throw out. I like how the boy is back on to the viewer. I think this is very effective because your centre of focus is immediately drawn to the bicycle. The boys clothes and boots are soiled which suggests he is coming from work and needs this bicycle as a means of transportation. The vibrant orange coloring on the bicycle also draws your focus in.The very top of the boys head is cut off, but this doesn't matter because the power of the image is in the bicycle. I think your photograph is perfect as it is and needs no alterations. Thank-you for allowing me to critique it.
I agree whit Florence and Necip: a good shot that is able to show a piece of life.
Well, on the other hand, this guy is the happiest person on earth at this particular moment. He just picked up a useless piece of metal and made it moving. His face impression must be stunning:) You, welfare smart photographers judging this boy never ever had that feeling of happiness in your life...
The picture moved me too, I have seen this sort of poverty in my travels in various countries. I think the fact that it was a rear view and the boys face remains anonymous was a good thing. It still clearly sends a message without personalising that message. Hope it moves other people too. Good work.
A Boy and His Cherished Bicycle Village in the Ecuadorian Andes