Stalking the most beautiful places in the Philippines

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Monday, April 2, 2012

#167 A Shadow's Tale

It was harvest-time in Mindoro when we stopped to photograph some locals at work. These folks don't own the harvest, but rather, just hired to lay out the moist grain to dry. They are paid seven pesos per sack, and each sack of grain needs to be spread out to dry over a two day period. That works out to about P150 to P200 per person per day, an honest day's wage in those parts.

I chatted with this chap, but only so briefly, as he had to spread his quota of grain. I wondered what his story was, until I met a 4 year old boy and his mother on the way back to the car. Yes, he had a family waiting for him, and now I had a story to accompany his photograph. But by some weird twist of fate my photograph managed to caption itself.... at first glance it showed a man hard at work, but upon closer inspection he appeared to have cast a shadow of himself carrying his 5 year old son on his shoulders. I guess that was what it was all about. Goose bumps. Enjoy.

(Pixel-peepers: We instinctively prefer to shoot with the light behind us because it lights up our subjects. But if you try shooting against the light, you can reduce your subject to a mere silhouette. And you may just find the resulting image simpler and much stronger.) 

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