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December 26, 2012
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Canon EOS 600D
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Dec 26, 2012, 5:01:41 PM
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Scavenger's Solace by MARX77 Scavenger's Solace by MARX77

An estimated 1,800 scavengers are currently employed by recycling companies in the U.A.E. for collecting discarded cardboard boxes and soda cans from public waste dumps.
The collected cardboard is then recycled into new cartons and shipped to India and other parts of the Asian subcontinent so it can be used for packaging.
Covering anywhere between 15 to 25 km / 9 to 15 miles on his bicycle, a scavenger normally collects around 150kg - 330.7lbs of cardboard material everyday, earning just 11 fils - (4 cents) for every 1 kilogram/ 2.2 pounds of cardboard that is collected.

Even though a lot of these men hail from the south Indian states of Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu, I have come across many Bangladeshis and Nepalis as well.

Every afternoon the men would gather under metallic sheds (which they had set up themselves), taking turns in sipping tea from a single Styrofoam cup, even sharing a cigarette or two...
I often overhear them reminiscing about their life on the farm (a majority of these men were farmers), talking about their families and friends, and their dreams about seeing them again one day, as they lay down upon their cardboard mattresses; falling asleep in a matter of seconds.

Dubai - U.A.E.

What a year!
Stéphane, Ziaul, thank you so much for the suggestion. You guys ROCK!!!
And thanks a lot for the feature, Sebastian!

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Daily Deviation

Given 2013-01-02
Scavenger's Solace by *MARX77 also suggested by ~ZiaulKareem ( Suggested by JakezDaniel and Featured by xbastex )
Critique by Madhatterscat Dec 26, 2012, 9:08:35 AM
This is very bold and very moving, it goes to show how some people have to live and stay alive at any cost. It is a very sad sight to see that this really does affect millions of people everyday and sadly sometimes people die. This is not only an insight into the world of Hunger and people's pain its a gate way on how we can all learn to help others in poor country's.

The power this photo has in its own right of Extraordinary bot only with its pain with its colour and passion for the photo itself.
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I'm taking the time to "critique"/review this piece because I believe it's incredibly touching.:)

What's truly wonderful about this image is the photographer's choice not to show the face's of those photographed. Restraint is exercised and thus, the overall impact is intensified. The osseous legs of the "scavengers" evoke a certain weariness -- sometimes a trademark image of photojournalism in developing worlds. However, the simple fact that this image focuses solely on the feet and uniform disorder really intrigues me.

I also like the perspective at which this was taken; I am the viewer, at ground level, neither above or below the subject... we're on a level plain and I feel as though I am there. The floor is coarse and unforgiving, but life is still present -- there's some unusual comfort to be found when one finally relaxes on a rugged surface.
They've removed their shoes and become one with their surroundings -- perhaps ripened into a common site for passersby.

Captivating photo -- very though-provoking, great title, story...all of it. Beautiful work.:nod:
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jules-101 Featured By Owner 5 days ago
Well, I seem to be a couple of years late commenting on this photo. Khuram, your photos always remind me that there are good people in the world (yes, I mean you), who are showing the world what many people cannot see on their own. Bravo! A superb photograph that shows so much suffering in one single perfect shot. Heart +fav Hug  
MARX77 Featured By Owner 5 days ago   Photographer
Thank you kindly, Julie! :hug:
1pen Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013  Professional Photographer
Your excellent work has been featured here:
MARX77 Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013   Photographer
Thank you so much! 
lukiesyaya Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
You always do it to me, you know. :cry: :heart:
MARX77 Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013   Photographer
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Savaliste Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2013
YAY! CONGRATZ, A DAILY DEVIATION!!!! :iconbravoplz: :party:
very powerful shot
MARX77 Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2013   Photographer
Hey, thank you very much! :highfive:
batmantoo Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Congratulations Khuram my friend! :w00t: :party: :airborne: :D
... I just noticed now. :ashamed:

Going through your gallery I feel like I have missed out on a whole year!
Man you got active!
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