Photographer's Note

As in India there are lots of beggars in Dhaka. Like the window washers on Melbourne's major intersections, they wait at the traffic lights for their moment. Women with babies, small kids, elderly men and women come knocking on the car window during a lengthy traffic jam asking for money, usually by making a feeding gesture with their hands towards their mouth - universal sign for hunger. While there is no denying that these people are money poor, I have been told by locals that they should not be given money as it further encourages them to beg. For example in Kolkatta (and possibly in Dhaka) apparently there are orphan beggar kids who are forced to give their daily takings to their "pimp" (for a lack of a better word). Even babies get borrowed to support begging as it looks more dramatic and is more likely to make westerners feel compassion and guilt, thus increasing a chance of donation. Apparently a much better way to help the poor in these countries is by helping those who help the poor i.e. various charities, hospitals for the poor, some NGOs etc.

I kind of ruined this photo by leaving the flash on. I seem to take photos in a hurry for the fear of losing the "perfect moment". As this picture was taken at night through the car window, (glass and flash - a big no, no) there was a lot of reflections against the glass. I managed to reduce this by lowering a DOF in GIMP. Sharpening also worked well on this photo.

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