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On the Verge by slumberdoll On the Verge by slumberdoll
...of crying. :tears:

I went to Smokey Mountain with ~dae-mon1 today. 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. This boy is one of them (the other one was his best pal). When I asked him if I could take his picture, he didn't refuse. However, he had this expression on his face as if he was about to cry. After talking to him for a while, he started to warm up to us (I assume) and laugh and smile with the other kids in the area. Maybe I'll post a picture of him smiling next time. :]


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Canon EOS 350D. Sigma 28-300mm. Adobe Photoshop CS3.
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:iconcreamynutella:
CreamyNutella Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2011
Very touching. I hope he's doing better

Adorable though. He kind of looks like a child version of my dad xD
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:iconpateukie:
pateukie Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2009
Rather provocative. Nice composition :-)
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:iconeetequilasunrise:
EETequilaSunrise Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2009
This photo makes me feel like I feel it's presented: gritty.

100% amazing work.
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ethoss Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
This shot conveys so much emotion. I got to visit a livelihood years ago back when they started getting proper housing. How I wish I'd brought my camera to capture and share what they go through on a daily basis.
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CopperHail Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2008
most of your work is good, but this one in particular caught my eye. Truly powerful piece of photography This is a moment in time that says so many messages I'm not even gonna start the list. Absolutely beautiful piece of work yet very humbling. Got to add this to the fav's even though it's not the most uplifting photo, it's show the many levels of existence that surrounds us yet is overlooked some how.
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:iconrphh:
rphh Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2008   Photographer
reminds me of the Philippines really captured the emotion, great photo!
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:iconsushimoron:
sushimoron Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2008
its moving. ~ emotionally, that is. :D
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:iconhoowan:
hoowan Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2008
nice...

it has just showed the reality in our country.

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Pride
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:iconhiraku-kun:
hiraku-kun Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
aww this is such a sad sweet picture. your gallery is lovely buy the way! :)
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:iconbriandesign:
Briandesign Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2008  Student Photographer
very nice photo...
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:icontkfoshori:
tkfoshori Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2008   Writer
Incredible picture!!
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:iconnajojo:
najojo Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2008
Oh, the eyes...this is such a moving photo
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:iconewiku:
ewiku Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2008
nice job
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:icon2dems:
2DEMS Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2008
wow...i've never been saddened by a photo like this one....good job for that
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:iconrianbowart:
rianbowart Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
aww..this one's really touching..i luv it!! =D
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:iconrubbertoast:
RubberToast Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2008  Student Digital Artist
Is it okay that I draw this boy? and then put it on my dA page...and cred you? :]
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:iconslumberdoll:
slumberdoll Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2008  Professional Photographer
Okay :D
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:iconrubbertoast:
RubberToast Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2008  Student Digital Artist
C: heres the link!

although it didn't come out like it supposed to.. D;
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:iconslumberdoll:
slumberdoll Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2008  Professional Photographer
Thaaaanks. :D
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:iconhaliwelphotographics:
HaliwelPhotographics Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2008  Professional Photographer
this one is truly fantastic capturing raw emotion its fabulous, well done!!
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:iconleojay01:
leojay01 Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2008
this kid looks like jet li. i think...
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:iconcarmdesign:
carmdesign Featured By Owner May 25, 2008  Student Digital Artist
dirt backgound and excellent child expression, cool photography, your gal is excellent too
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:iconblackdaisy6:
blackdaisy6 Featured By Owner May 18, 2008
this has such strong emotion in it. amazing picture. =]
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:iconkalix:
kalix Featured By Owner May 17, 2008   Photographer
touching and sensitively captured
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:iconjunnmeister:
junnmeister Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2008
this is just so great... i can feel the mood of the subject!!! kudos.. job well done..:headbang:
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:iconlycoz:
lycoz Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2008
This portrait is really touching.
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:icondreamydeath100:
dreamydeath100 Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2008
This is stunning. God, how I miss the Philippines :/
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:iconziuek:
ziuek Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sad but true, We can't even realize how looks their life... but anyway that can smile and laught! There is a beauty of kids like this boy, which cannot be found on first pages of color magazines... So I wan't to say, You made very good photo!
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:iconjovo:
jovo Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2008
This is a great photograph
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:iconshanni-chan:
Shanni-chan Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2008
This one makes me want to feel sad. I'm glad to hear that he cheered up. ;_; <3
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:iconsudupdup:
sudupdup Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2008   Photographer
awesome...:love:
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:iconsorbe:
Sorbe Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2008
This is really touching.
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:iconlagunawhitecheese:
lagunawhitecheese Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2008
wow. kuhang-kuha yung hirap ng buhay sa shot na 'to.... :worship:
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:iconbakkjen:
Bakkjen Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2008
Great capture and a sad story..
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chavesphotography Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2008
Amazing!!! Because of those portraits you do, I still say to you as I told once that I prefer you photographing "normal people" than cosplay people :)

You hava such an amazing sensibility to capture peoples soul...
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:iconwashizuka:
washizuka Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2008  Professional General Artist
on the verge of defeat....
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:iconcutetwilightprincess:
wow, that's so pretty :heart:
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:iconkayelovesyou:
kayelovesyou Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2008
nice.
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coffeeprincess0622 Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2008
touching.
this picture shows what some children in our country goes through.
its really sad.
i do wish i can do something about it.
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robotnicc Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Good thing they weren't hostile. Back when we took pictures like this for photography class, we almost got mobbed. The last thing we saw before we ran were two big guys angrily shambling towards us.

Kudos for this great shot! :)
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:iconslumberdoll:
slumberdoll Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2008  Professional Photographer
We saw mostly kids playing around the area. They thought ~dae-mon1 and I were tourists. Haha! :XD:
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:iconrobotnicc:
robotnicc Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
they might be afraid of dae's super secret taekwondo. :B
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slumberdoll Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2008  Professional Photographer
8D
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:iconrobotnicc:
robotnicc Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
8P
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:iconslumberdoll:
slumberdoll Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2008  Professional Photographer
*u*
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:iconrobotnicc:
robotnicc Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
9_9
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IchibanVagabond Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2008
Aah! As cold hearted as I am most of the time, it pains me to see people in unfortunate situations such as this.
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:iconcocobur:
cocobur Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2008
nice... love the colors. you made the kid cry though. tsk tsk. :(
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:iconagentsypher:
agentSypher Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
wow it's like you have really caught something here...it's very meaningful
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leojay01 Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2008
ei, anak ni jet lee to ah? jjoke!:D nice pic!:) i like this one.:)
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