Damsel in distress

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© Naser Imran Hossain
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Photo Info
UploadedAugust 8, 2008
TakenJuly 8, 2008
MakeNikon Corporation
ModelNIKON D40
Exposure1/50 sec at f/5.3
FlashNo Flash
Focal Length42 mm
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Q: Why cant I post new stories? :(

A: Do you know?

Photo license: © All rights reserved

This here is "Amina", the 'pro-modern' Damsel in Distress. She was a little camera shy, must've been all those years of living in self denial, constantly being reminded that she was born a 'Girl' , and in a patriarchal community she is no better than a 2nd class citizen.

Amina earns 1.5 ~ 6 taka (0.085 USD) each day, working as a 'firewood bearer' who goes to and fro along the banks of the Kaptai Lake over a distance stretching one and a half mile, countless times, everyday. Both her father and mother are day labourers as well. With rising prices, the three of them can barely meet their ends meet. Their broken shed reeks of alien fumes, aboriginal organisms and bacteroides that are considered 'lethal' for the city people.

Yet despite all these difficulties growing up, 'Amina' retains a strange, stark beauty. A farcical gaze that tears through your very soul. A look that screams of hardship, of not giving up, of a muted protest against gender discrimination, of the failures of International Bodies like "UNICEF", of a fake prerogative that calls itself "Nari Odhikar Aine" (Law of Women Rights).

Tsk tsk tsk.

33 responses

  • Pet Parents

    Pet Parents said (8 Aug 2008):

    children carry our burden

  • Laurie Search

    Laurie Search gave props (8 Aug 2008):

    Heartbreaking. Beautiful.

  • Mr. Martini

    Mr. Martini gave props (8 Aug 2008):

    Strong and amazing!

  • Daniel Joshi

    Daniel Joshi gave props (9 Aug 2008):

    nice portrait!

  • Christopher Smith

    Christopher Smith gave props (12 Aug 2008):

    Great shot.

  • Dan Bar

    Dan Bar said (28 Aug 2008):

    very nice portrait

  • James Leocadi

    James Leocadi (Deleted) gave props (23 Sep 2008):

    very powerful, such beautiful work

  • Cosmin

    Cosmin gave props (3 Nov 2008):

    This is very moving...

  • Christina Atik

    Christina Atik gave props (15 Jan 2009):

    amazing. i love the depth in her eyes

  • Frederic Charpentier

    Frederic Charpentier gave props (7 Feb 2009):

    Great portrait ! Love the light . Very powerful exepression !

  • Alexandru Iedu

    Alexandru Iedu gave props (9 Feb 2009):

    FANTASTIC ... CONGRATULATION ...Greetings from Romania,


    PINAKI SARKAR gave props (29 Jun 2009):

    brilliant.love this shot

  • Mark Abramson

    Mark Abramson said (1 Jul 2009):

    amazing...love the color tone. just love it all

  • Camil Seisanu

    Camil Seisanu gave props (21 Jul 2009):

    awesome entry :)

  • Bruce Miller

    Bruce Miller (Deleted) gave props (9 Sep 2009):

    Really honest pic

  • Rita Savage

    Rita Savage gave props (18 Nov 2009):

    Beautiful girl with a sad story and she already has the hands of a worker. Nice shot.

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    colinizing phot with colin boyd (Deleted) said (19 Nov 2009):

    this is spectacular... one of the best i have seen.

  • Warren ~Mangione~

    Warren ~Mangione~ gave props (12 Dec 2009):

    Heart wrenching photo and story. Your photo evokes so much emotion. Thanks for showing her pleight.

  • Marcus Hammerschmitt

    Marcus Hammerschmitt   said (12 Dec 2009):

    Acerbic title.

  • Lyana Votey

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  • Elena Pakhomova

    Elena Pakhomova gave props (2 Apr 2010):

    I like that you wrote her story. Voted. I like this photo.

  • Litz Go

    Litz Go gave props (10 Apr 2010):

    Outstanding capture!

  • Leslie Vecray

    Leslie Vecray gave props (3 May 2010):

    wow this is my favourite, but your work is amazing! keep shooting! :)

  • Christopher Griesé

    Christopher Griesé gave props (24 Oct 2010):

    Simultaneously beautiful, powerful & disturbing

  • Celina Ortelli

    Celina Ortelli gave props (14 Jan 2011):

    beautiful portrait

  • Lindsey Combs

    Lindsey Combs gave props (28 Jan 2011):

    one amazing shot

  • Nataly Rader

    Nataly Rader said (7 Feb 2011):

    What a wonderful portrait!

  • melanie scott

    melanie scott said (25 Feb 2011):

    great execution of a very powerful portrait! my vote.

  • Kana Maeji

    Kana Maeji said (3 Mar 2011):

    what a story, great capture

  • Regenia Brabham

    Regenia Brabham gave props (18 Mar 2011):

    This is such a powerful image!!

  • Mykola Swarnyk

    Mykola Swarnyk gave props (23 Mar 2011):

    Thank you for this picture and explanation.

  • Tim E

    Tim E (Deleted) gave props (26 Jun 2011):

    great portrait and commentary.

  • isabelle b.

    isabelle b. said (19 Nov 2012):

    beautiful picture!

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