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i see lions they are scary, birds they are chirpy, snakes mysterious, but monkeys make me think at times.

Thanks Everyone who responded to this photo, and thanks JPG as well for thier support and selection.

About the Photo:
This was taken in Ratanakiri Province in Cambodia, Near the Gem-miners colony. It was strange to see the look in the eyes of the monkeys. the fear in the eyes. which made them hug each other. it was equally surreal to see the gem mines around. those orange-dark red pits make me think of the eyes of these monkeys. it feels as if they ve been inside those endless pits.

97 responses

  • ina:botao

    ina:botao (Deleted) said (4 Nov 2009):

    So sad... but marvelous photograph, love light and tones!

  • Linda Houghton

    Linda Houghton gave props (4 Nov 2009):

    Beautiful Image, but sad :-(

  • Francois Richard

    Francois Richard gave props (4 Nov 2009):

    Beautiful shot, nice capture. I hate the chains...

  • Olivier Scher

    Olivier Scher gave props (4 Nov 2009):

    As Ina, I love the lightning and tones...

  • Sanne van de Berg

    Sanne van de Berg gave props (4 Nov 2009):

    I agree with the others, this is a beautiful but sad photograph! Very well captured!

  • Llorenç Rosanes

    Llorenç Rosanes (Deleted) gave props (4 Nov 2009):

    All said above^!

  • mad paule

    mad paule said (4 Nov 2009):

    Thanks a lot everyone :)

  • riverS

    riverS (Deleted) said (4 Nov 2009):

    very sad. I guess that Little thinking how to get rid of...excellent shot.

  • Kathleen Mercado

    Kathleen Mercado (Deleted) said (4 Nov 2009):

    This makes me cry...the chain and the way they are holding each other...beautiful and very, very, very sad:)

  • mad paule

    mad paule said (4 Nov 2009):

    yes very sad indeed...that's why i said...there something in the eyes of monkeys you can relate to...

  • nö

    nö (Deleted) gave props (5 Nov 2009):

    so sad.. made me cry too

  • Martín Alex. Carmona Selva

    Martín Alex. Carmona Selva gave props (11 Nov 2009):

    Sad but beuatifull! Congratz!

  • Soleil Nuguid

    Soleil Nuguid (Deleted) gave props (11 Nov 2009):

    beautiful shot, but so sad! makes me want to adopt them

  • Dennis Minix

    Dennis Minix gave props (11 Nov 2009):

    Highly emotional capture . . . well done.

  • Kyle Froese

    Kyle Froese gave props (11 Nov 2009):

    Great lighting and focal point... makes me hate people.

  • Michael Cash

    Michael Cash said (11 Nov 2009):

    Amazing photo!

  • Erika Clarke

    Erika Clarke gave props (11 Nov 2009):

    I love, love, love this! Amazing shot!

  • Susan Hanson

    Susan Hanson said (11 Nov 2009):

    Amazing photo--very moving. Where was this?

  • Lised Marquez

    Lised Marquez gave props (11 Nov 2009):

    lovely... it is a strong photo

  • Patty Herzog

    Patty Herzog said (11 Nov 2009):

    Beautiful image, but so, so sad. It's so pathetic the way humans treat life.

  • -- --

    -- -- (Deleted) said (11 Nov 2009):

    why are they chained up? where was this taken??

  • Kim Pascu

    Kim Pascu gave props (11 Nov 2009):

    Very sad but great photo

  • Mariana Bello

    Mariana Bello gave props (11 Nov 2009):

    This image is fantastic, The message (information) that gives us is wonderful

  • Jan Hoffman

    Jan Hoffman gave props (11 Nov 2009):


  • Brian Burt

    Brian Burt gave props (11 Nov 2009):

    Uhg, that is one of the most beautiful and heart wrenching pictures I have ever seen.

  • Albert Augustin

    Albert Augustin said (11 Nov 2009):

    great shot!

  • Albert Augustin

    Albert Augustin gave props (11 Nov 2009):


  • George Leontaras

    George Leontaras gave props (11 Nov 2009):

    eXellent Bravisimo ;- )

  • Antje Woolum

    Antje Woolum (Deleted) gave props (11 Nov 2009):

    Tragic.....well captured!

  • s pearson

    s pearson gave props (11 Nov 2009):

    great shot. hate the chains. disturbing.

  • !Mel! Gibbs

    !Mel! Gibbs gave props (11 Nov 2009):

    this makes me feel passionally mad... :) great photo, so much emotion

  • Haley Baldwin

    Haley Baldwin gave props (11 Nov 2009):

    This is the type of photo that "says a thousand words"

  • Barbara Gordon

    Barbara Gordon said (11 Nov 2009):

    Sometimes it makes me ashamed to be human. I hate man's cruelty. Great photo processing, but very disturbing subject matter.

  • Prentice Danner

    Prentice Danner gave props (11 Nov 2009):

    Great image! well captured moment.

  • Karen Zimmerman

    Karen Zimmerman gave props (11 Nov 2009):

    Beautiful and so emotional...I want to rescue them...

  • viky daudy sehary

    viky daudy sehary said (11 Nov 2009):

    awesome photograph.. added some emotional action round there.. nice tone,.. so sad tough.. *tears floww* i hate those chains.. *mad mad mad*

  • Susan Hughes

    Susan Hughes said (11 Nov 2009):

    This photo could have been the inspiration for Planet of the Apes....

  • Mathew Ballard

    Mathew Ballard (Deleted) said (11 Nov 2009):

    While a great photo, it really does make me sad.

  • bianca stewart

    bianca stewart (Deleted) gave props (11 Nov 2009):

    this photograph angers me so, but goodness is it beautiful.

  • djo mountee

    djo mountee said (12 Nov 2009):

    extreme sadness

  • Davide D'Andrea

    Davide D'Andrea gave props (12 Nov 2009):

    one of the best I've ever seen on this site

  • Craig Ervin

    Craig Ervin said (12 Nov 2009):

    Logging in for the first time to comment on this. What a moving photo. It's making me teary eyed at work just looking at it. Thanks for sharing.

  • Ted Ray

    Ted Ray said (12 Nov 2009):

    Awesome portrait work! This image is nothing short of compelling... thanks for sharing with us.

  • Sophia Germer

    Sophia Germer (Deleted) gave props (12 Nov 2009):

    looks like they really suport eachother even tho they don't seem to have freedom.

  • Liam Diamond

    Liam Diamond said (12 Nov 2009):

    wow, wow, WOW!! fantastic image

  • Paul Compton

    Paul Compton gave props (12 Nov 2009):

    What a very sad photo :-(

  • Ron F

    Ron F said (12 Nov 2009):

    very strong photo. make one think about the human race, it did to me....

  • Chad Petroff

    Chad Petroff (Deleted) gave props (12 Nov 2009):

    Very powerful makes me very sad.

  • Kendra KirÅ¡onis

    Kendra Kiršonis said (12 Nov 2009):

    this is one of the most disturbing photos ive ever seen. they're so vulnerable. love that they seem to comfort each other though. excellent shot.

  • nö

    nö (Deleted) said (13 Nov 2009):

    congratulations on photo of the week! this is well deserved.

    it should even get published!

  • Miachelle DePiano

    Miachelle DePiano (Deleted) gave props (13 Nov 2009):

    Beautifully sad photograph. Well done!!!

  • Natalie Franco

    Natalie Franco (Deleted) gave props (13 Nov 2009):

    Powerful! They look so human!

  • Eleanor Dinneen

    Eleanor Dinneen said (13 Nov 2009):

    heart broken

  • Richie Isaacs

    Richie Isaacs gave props (13 Nov 2009):

    This is both utterly captivating and heartbreaking, am sharing it on facebook right now...stunning.

  • Lindsay Fuller

    Lindsay Fuller gave props (14 Nov 2009):

    this is SO can see the longing to be free in the monkey's eyes. This is a beautiful picture.

  • sebastien querec

    sebastien querec (Deleted) said (14 Nov 2009):

    Oh my god, that picture broke my heart. You should really submit it to a magazine, man.

  • peggy gardner

    peggy gardner gave props (14 Nov 2009):

    riveting image. we chain them because we don't understand their language....hmmmm

  • Leanne Silva

    Leanne Silva gave props (14 Nov 2009):

    Heartbreaking picture.

  • Jia Chen

    Jia Chen gave props (14 Nov 2009):

    This is so powerful and yet sad

  • francesco scipioni

    francesco scipioni gave props (15 Nov 2009):

    OMG what a shot!!!!

  • je suis moi

    je suis moi gave props (15 Nov 2009):

    If we do this to animals- no wonder we dont care for each other. So sad and criminial. They are us :-(

  • Marco Martinez

    Marco Martinez gave props (16 Nov 2009):

    This photograph makes me helplessly sad. The only thing stronger than the chains around their necks is their embrace.

  • Julien Maury

    Julien Maury gave props (16 Nov 2009):

    yes it is sad, the expression looks human.

  • Meghan

    Meghan gave props (16 Nov 2009):

    simply amazing.

  • Alya Al Dhaheri

    Alya Al Dhaheri gave props (17 Nov 2009):

    What a strong emotion captured in this photo! Its heart breaking to see humans treating animals this way! I wish I could speak out for all the animals in the world..and say enough..enough animal cruelty!

  • peggy gardner

    peggy gardner gave props (17 Nov 2009):

    I keep coming back to this image - it should be promoted because it speaks volumes about something so wrong.

  • Pedro Gil

    Pedro Gil said (17 Nov 2009):

    have no words! i ask my self what happen to them.

    Great photograph mad. congrats..

  • jh

    jh said (17 Nov 2009):

    so sad

  • Patrick Holt

    Patrick Holt gave props (17 Nov 2009):

    Excellent photo. Very moving

  • peggy gardner

    peggy gardner gave props (18 Nov 2009):

    congrats on "photo of the week" this is a highly impactful image not to mention technically perfect. kudos.

  • Tatiana Zimina

    Tatiana Zimina gave props (18 Nov 2009):


  • Bret Edge

    Bret Edge said (18 Nov 2009):

    This is phenomenal. One of the most powerful and telling images I've seen in a very long time. Thank you for the inspiration.

  • Erika Yamaguchi

    Erika Yamaguchi gave props (23 Nov 2009):

    your sooo good!! wish i had photo ops like you!! keep it up!!

  • Michele Randell

    Michele Randell gave props (23 Nov 2009):

    So sad it brings tears but elements we can all relate wonder it's such a powerful image!

  • Karmakar Akash

    Karmakar Akash said (27 Nov 2009):

    Absolutely stunning! How did you get the hue? Is it intentional dodging or post processing or what?

  • Angel Foice

    Angel Foice gave props (28 Nov 2009):

    wow. this is powerful and heartbreaking.

  • Regenia Brabham

    Regenia Brabham (Deleted) gave props (29 Nov 2009):

    This breaks my heart!!! An emotion packed image!

  • Jade Lopes

    Jade Lopes said (20 Jan 2010):

    the expression in his face is amazing

    and so is your work :)

  • je suis moi

    je suis moi gave props (14 Feb 2010):

    Is there really hope? Thank God there is still love. This is wonderful and so sad.

  • Brien Keith

    Brien Keith said (14 Feb 2010):


  • Andrés Vallecillo

    Andrés Vallecillo gave props (15 Feb 2010):

    Powerful image.

  • Simona Ranieri

    Simona Ranieri gave props (15 Feb 2010):

    i like it...but poor animal! :)

  • Alexandru Iedu

    Alexandru Iedu gave props (20 Feb 2010):

    This photo make my heart very sad :( there are so much cruelty in the world ... and I don't understand why ?!??!?!?!?!? Sometimes, people are so mean and act like savages.

  • Stinklebaum Mulehair

    Stinklebaum Mulehair (Deleted) gave props (16 Mar 2010):

    great photo, very sad how they use slave monkies to extract gems from the mines

  • Angel Warda

    Angel Warda gave props (12 May 2010):

    oh my!!!!! this is too amazing!!!!

  • Joseph

    Joseph (Deleted) gave props (17 Jun 2010):

    the end of slavery is the end of the human race, think beyond this image, think to the animals in bondage throughout the entire world, every species, every single species, whether for entertainment, fun, sport, curiosity, protection or FOOD, the chains are endless links of suffering. This image is brilliant..

  • Laurie Search

    Laurie Search gave props (24 Jun 2010):

    Oh my....This image is truly heartbreaking...the horrible things that people do.....This image is beyond amazing...

  • tiziana rondoni

    tiziana rondoni gave props (27 Sep 2010):

    i feel so sad for them, they seem to be so afraid... human being is really cruel

  • ajtiM

    ajtiM (Deleted) said (29 Oct 2010):

    so sad...fantastic photo!

  • Kevin Kott

    Kevin Kott (Deleted) gave props (7 Nov 2010):

    My vote!!!

  • ekin kucuk

    ekin kucuk (Deleted) said (15 Dec 2010):

    Oh my!!! great capture but unbearably sad!!

  • Robin Perkins

    Robin Perkins gave props (28 Jan 2011):

    heart breaking shot, amazing capture of emotion

  • stefano roiz

    stefano roiz (Deleted) gave props (1 Feb 2011):

    it's terrible!

  • misha otaared

    misha otaared gave props (2 Apr 2011):

    so compelling -- great work

  • Chris Jennings

    Chris Jennings gave props (5 Apr 2011):

    Yes so sad, but so effective because of the way you have managed to show us. Thank you.

  • Bailey Cooper

    Bailey Cooper gave props (1 Mar 2012):

    Magazine worthy.

  • Randy Turoff

    Randy Turoff gave props (23 Jul 2012):

    Yes, it's horrifyingly beautiful. Good work.

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