I went to Smokey Mountain with Dae ~dae-mon1 last March 3, 2008. It's a semi-isolated place in Tondo, Manila where garbage is dumped daily by thousands of trucks. About 25,000-30,000 people live there and even though some houses are far from the mountains of trash, an unpleasant smell and a misty smog lingers around the whole place.
We met some kids around the area who were giddy to have their pictures taken. Most of them were barefoot and were climbing the garbage heaps, like stepping on and touching garbage was a normal thing. They also seemed to be immune to the smell already.
I heard their situation was even worse a few years back. Now, proper housing and recycling facilities already surround the area, fortunately. Glad to know the government's doing something about it. (!)
There were two particular little boys who caught my attention. I posted the other one before and he was best pals with this little guy. This was a candid shot I took of him going down a little hill of sorts. On top of the hill was where all the garbage were. It took me a long time to figure out where all it was. There were some grown-ups with large plastic bags who kept on going back down and up again. On The Verge
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Canon EOS 350D. Sigma 28-300mm. Adobe Photoshop CS3.