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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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Given 2013-01-02
Scavenger's Solace by *MARX77 also suggested by ~ZiaulKareem ( Suggested by JakezDaniel and Featured by xbastex )
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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 Dec 12, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
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  
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MARX77 Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2014   Photographer
Thank you kindly, Julie! :hug:
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1pen Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013  Professional Photographer
Your excellent work has been featured here: fav.me/d6kr0bw
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:iconmarx77:
MARX77 Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013   Photographer
Thank you so much! 
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:iconlukiesyaya:
lukiesyaya Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
You always do it to me, you know. :cry: :heart:
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MARX77 Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013   Photographer
:hug:
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lukiesyaya Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
:)
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Savaliste Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2013
YAY! CONGRATZ, A DAILY DEVIATION!!!! :iconbravoplz: :party:
very powerful shot
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MARX77 Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2013   Photographer
Hey, thank you very much! :highfive:
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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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MARX77 Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013   Photographer
Thank you so much, my friend!
It was quite a surprise.

Just making the most of Dubai winter season while I can, Bassem. :)
After that it's 8 months of heat waves, humidity and inactivity all over again.

Say, how are you feeling now? Are you off the meds yet?
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batmantoo Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you for asking my friend. I am off of the Antibiotics for a while now, but I still feel some injuries and still see the scars form the fight... most will be gone in a while longer. :)
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peterpateman Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Superb! I love the focus!! :clap:
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:iconmarx77:
MARX77 Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013   Photographer
Hey Peter!! :wave:
Thank you, my friend!
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:iconpeterpateman:
peterpateman Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
My great pleasure Khuram! =D
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Der-Funf Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013
beautifullll picture ! excellent
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:iconmarx77:
MARX77 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013   Photographer
Thank you, Phil! Much appreciated.
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Der-Funf Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013
do not thank this is so much deserved ! high rank art
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PEN-at-Work Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013
:(
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:iconmarx77:
MARX77 Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013   Photographer
That's life.
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yanjin Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013   Photographer
great !

:)
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MARX77 Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013   Photographer
Thanks, Frédéric! :D
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yanjin Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013   Photographer
my pleasure & thanks for this beautiful picture :)
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PaulBrozenich Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013   Photographer
Thanks for sharing this; I love the composition and depth of field. It's a very moving photo and I think you did an excellent job in showing the viewer what the lives of these men are like.

:salute:
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:iconmarx77:
MARX77 Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013   Photographer
Much appreciated, my friend. Thank you!
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PaulBrozenich Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013   Photographer
You're very welcome, keep up the inspiring work! Love it :) :thumbsup:
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JACAC Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013
a m a z i n g . m o m e n t
v e r y . w e l l . d o n e
C O N G R A T U L A T I O N S . f o r . t h e . v e r y . w e l l . d e s e r v e d . DD
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MARX77 Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013   Photographer
Thank you very much, José!
It was a wonderful surprise!
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JACAC Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013
m o r e . t o . c a m e . f o r . s u r e . =)
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NunoCanha Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Congrats on the deserved DD.
Excellent work and excellent photo.
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MARX77 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013   Photographer
Thanks, Nuno!
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NunoCanha Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Terrific, just terrific!
Very glad for you too.
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LindelCaine Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013
Yes, ... that's how it is ...
An evocative image with words that tell the story of these people.
Congratulations on the DD, Khuram, this creates more awareness of the situation for poor foreign workers far from their homes. - though, of course, there are millions in their home countries who live like this too. Many poor villagers did not expect their lives would come to this once they reached what they thought would be "wonderful" Dubai, ... as I feel you know.
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MARX77 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013   Photographer
Yes I do.
And thank you, my friend!
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LindelCaine Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013
...:rose:
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Alexandra35 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013
And congratulations :D
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MARX77 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013   Photographer
Thank you so much, Aleksandra! :boogie:
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Alexandra35 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013
Amazing look :D
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MARX77 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013   Photographer
Glad you like it. :)
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Canankk Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013
:iconcongratsplz: For DD my dear Khuram! Excellent shot! It tells a lot. :clap: :clap:
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MARX77 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013   Photographer
Thank you very much, dear Canan!
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Canankk Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013
You deserve it very much. So touching. :heart:
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joeltonongkh Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013
The hard working food!
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MARX77 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013   Photographer
:)
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RezzanATAKOL Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013
My dear Khuram,
I m sorry I saw it but trust me hadnt any power even to use this keyboard.
I was sick but now I m ok and I want to congrats you bottom of my heart for ur very well deserved DD.
Congratilations dear:huggle:
Hope that happiness follows you all year:love:
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MARX77 Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013   Photographer
Thank you so much for your kind wishes, dear Rezzan!
Wishing you and your family a joyous and prosperous New Year. :huggle:
Get well soon, my friend.
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RezzanATAKOL Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013
THank you very much dear:huggle:
Already feeling like a bomb:dance:
I took many medicine to be here with all of you again:love:
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FlSHER Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wow thats really an interesting photo. makes you think about alot of stuff doesn't it? THIS is how things are. it makes me really sad that society today is avoiding it even though it's the biggest problem there is. if everyone cared then the world would be a better place. people only care about money. we never think beyond our own little family. sometimes I think my family is short on money but this made me think that there are people who have to work their butts off just to survive and have enough food for the family
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MARX77 Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013   Photographer
If a photograph moves you into action, only then has it truly served its purpose. :)
Thank you for your comment!
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Atropos907 Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013
Thank you for that.
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