Beneath The Surface

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© James Wiley
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In my 'Photojournalism' collection.

It is common in some countries for people to use their children for sympathy while begging.
Shot in Casablanca, Morocco.

Many thanks to Robert Sand for the Spotlight!

46 responses

  • Susan Littlefield

    Susan Littlefield gave props (25 May 2012):

    Terrific street shot. Same thing in the US....they call it welfare--the more kids you have, the more $ you get. Sad.

  • Sonia Adam Murray

    Sonia Adam Murray gave props (25 May 2012):

    An awesome capture of a very real and sad predicament, it is always good to bring people's attention to this horrible fact, thank you James!

  • Pedro Teixeira

    Pedro Teixeira gave props (25 May 2012):

    Super street capture!

  • Donald Garrett

    Donald Garrett gave props (25 May 2012):

    WOW! Well done

  • dL

    dL (Deleted) gave props (25 May 2012):

    Wonderful composition...lines, shapes, value distribution, but especially the low left of center focal point...iconic image!

  • Roy M. Gunnels

    Roy M. Gunnels gave props (25 May 2012):

    Beautifully framed and dramatically poignant James!Fine work!

  • Davide Simone

    Davide Simone (Deleted) gave props (25 May 2012):

    Super street capture!

  • Ted Anderson

    Ted Anderson (Deleted) gave props (25 May 2012):

    That face. Well done.

  • Susan B. Griffith

    Susan B. Griffith   said (25 May 2012):

    You've definitely captured the sad truth.

  • Heather Mellon

    Heather Mellon gave props (25 May 2012):

    A wonderfully stark image, highlighting the plight of those who have not. An excellent entry!

  • je suis moi

    je suis moi gave props (25 May 2012):

    Sad but so true... Well seen.

  • Ann Reece

    Ann Reece   gave props (25 May 2012):

    Well seen and captured. Like Susan said, we have that here in the USA also, called welfare. Besides that we see beggars on lots of corners with signs saying that their family is hungry or needs money for medical bills. One man that is on my normal route has a dog that is nursing puppies. He may think that will bring sympathy thus more money for him. I just feel sorry for the dog having to lay outdoors in the heat on a thin blanket on cement.

  • christopher notarnicola

    christopher notarnicola (Deleted) gave props (25 May 2012):


  • Carlo Pagan

    Carlo Pagan gave props (26 May 2012):

    A photo and a very sad reality. You have caught the eyes of this child so beautiful. Great photos.

  • Donna Mullins

    Donna Mullins (Deleted) gave props (26 May 2012):

    A very poignant yet beautiful photo James. the emotion in the childs eyes is captured perfectly. I assume by the attire that it is very cold and the other child is mostly wrapped up and protected from the weather. The mans hand is very interesting as he looks like he is holding a coin. His face in shadow adds a darkness to this photo. A GREAT observation on your part and an amazing photo!

  • Michele Wambaugh

    Michele Wambaugh (Deleted) said (26 May 2012):

    Wonderful capture; perfect for theme!

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (27 May 2012):

    Friggin' Fabulous Financial Focus entry!

  • Regenia Brabham

    Regenia Brabham gave props (28 May 2012):

    A powerful image!

  • elfriede fulda

    elfriede fulda (Deleted) gave props (28 May 2012):

    Poignant shot , excellent photography !

  • Ester van Dam

    Ester van Dam gave props (28 May 2012):

    What a strong image, It reminds me of last week when i was in Brussels. In the underground a guy with a small baby girl approached us smiling rather creepy clearly using the child to work on the sentiment of people. The child looked almost limp and barely moving. Terrible. Not even sure that was the father or that the child was borrowed. The world can be a sad place.

  • Yaz Hawkins

    Yaz Hawkins said (28 May 2012):

    To say this pic is a strong one is an understatement! Society,at large, in every country, should feel ashamed for let people down like this. No one wants to go to homeless and hungry, we're all our brother's keeper, or we should be! You say they take their children with them for sympathy,and that may be true but still! Anyhow, it's a terrific pic, James!

  • James Wiley

    James Wiley said (28 May 2012):

    Terrific comments from both Yaz and Ester. The same thing is happening in all countries, rich and poor. People may use different methods for bits of cash but it's all the same. Photographers, film makers and social activists can do what they can to put a stop to this and those things that are even worse. However, they have been doing it forever and where are we as a society? Thank you both for your thoughtful comments!

  • Robert Sand

    Robert Sand said (28 May 2012):

    A harsh, challenging photo. It poses a number of discomfiting questions. Personally I would suggest that government deregulation and lower US taxes may not be the answer.

  • Amita Manandhar

    Amita Manandhar gave props (28 May 2012):

    Great entry...sad but true picture

  • Leslie Hunziker

    Leslie Hunziker   gave props (28 May 2012):

    very sad that so many have so little.

  • Kristina Krause

    Kristina Krause   gave props (29 May 2012):

    Wow! A powerful shot that captures the pain of hard economic times.....

  • Deborah Downes

    Deborah Downes gave props (29 May 2012):

    Powerful image. The child's eyes really gets to me. I've seen similar scenes in many countries.

  • Litz Go

    Litz Go gave props (31 May 2012):

    It makes me sad to see this anywhere. Nice capture, James.

  • Paperini Renato

    Paperini Renato gave props (1 Jun 2012):

    A very symbolic scene, his hands are held out of the person who has certainly worked, those eyes of a child that we observe are a tragic indictment.

  • Sarah Springer

    Sarah Springer (Deleted) gave props (2 Jun 2012):

    It pulses with emotion and grips you with an intense unfortunate part of so many lives

  • Laurie Search

    Laurie Search gave props (6 Jun 2012):

    What a moving, sad, and powerful image....

  • Shirley Valencia

    Shirley Valencia   gave props (6 Jun 2012):

    this is a superb entry.. sad situation .....

  • Mark Rosenbaum

    Mark Rosenbaum   gave props (7 Jun 2012):

    Just a great photo of a situation none of us would want to be in.

  • Lynn E. Harvey

    Lynn E. Harvey gave props (9 Jun 2012):

    Perfect capture, been to Casablanca and this is superb!

  • Roxana Brivent-Barnes

    Roxana Brivent-Barnes said (14 Jun 2012):

    Shame, Romanians, better said Gypsies do this and I hate it!

  • eithne mythen

    eithne mythen gave props (15 Jun 2012):

    Very emotive, compelling.... lovely shapes!

  • Elyseo

    Elyseo gave props (17 Jun 2012):

    all as above!! nice!!

  • Lew Harford

    Lew Harford gave props (21 Jun 2012):

    When I first saw this my eye went from top to bottom. When I got to the childs eyes it drilled a hole in my heart. Sad and well captured my friend.

  • Giampaolo Lolli

    Giampaolo Lolli   gave props (10 Jul 2012):

    No word to masterpiece!

  • Mirla Hernandez

    Mirla Hernandez gave props (17 Jul 2012):

    Very touching!

  • chuck vona

    chuck vona   gave props (3 Jan 2013):

    Hard to look at, too hard to forget. What have we become!

  • Sonia Adam Murray

    Sonia Adam Murray gave props (27 Jan 2014):


  • rekha nag

    rekha nag gave props (27 Jan 2014):

    Its a big racket going on here in India too since a long time. The main reason is poverty. Its really a sad situation and I could well say its a challenge faced by society, government and the people at large to handle the situation. We are aware but not conscious enough to fight for the situation. Thanx James for sharing the photo and making us think.

  • Carl Kuntze

    Carl Kuntze gave props (7 Feb 2014):

    A reproach to society.

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (20 Feb 2014):

    Oh YEAH! Rad!

  • Talia Krasicka

    Talia Krasicka gave props (22 May 2014):


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