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The Bike by Sergio Pessolano

The Bike 


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6.10.2006 at 20:57h
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Somewhere in Togo
Nikon F100, Nikkor 80-200mm, Ektachrome E100VS


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Alessandro Della Casa, 6.10.2006 at 21:03h

Mamma mia che sguardi...
Ottima anche la scansione in digitale.

Rosi W., 6.10.2006 at 21:04h

wow this glances , I hope they can sometimes afford a bike like this lg rosi

Jacky Kobelt, 6.10.2006 at 21:10h

e un altro capo lavoro del Maestro....

Your portraits are not only documents but an experience of art.


With compliments


Ivano Cheli, 6.10.2006 at 21:11h


Leo_nid, 6.10.2006 at 21:12h


Wim Denijs, 6.10.2006 at 21:13h

this is for me emotional photography !!!!!

DIE SE, 6.10.2006 at 21:15h

assoluta ...
tanti saluti

Marguerite L., 6.10.2006 at 21:23h

a very impressive and wonderful picture, congratulations!
Grüessli Marguerite

Valfoto, 6.10.2006 at 21:32h

Great work Sergio

Frank Thomas Patzer, 6.10.2006 at 21:36h

L love it .

lg frank

S. Berg, 6.10.2006 at 22:06h


Model Nadine Schneider, 6.10.2006 at 22:16h

Wow, this is really impressive. Really. Perfect work. I think you put lots of emotions in this picture.



Sissi Blume, 6.10.2006 at 22:29h

I´m speechless!

Jutta Washington, 6.10.2006 at 22:33h

Very touching picture. Love it !!!

Luca Smail, 6.10.2006 at 22:41h

sempre suggestive le tue immagini
ciao. Luca

Adolfo Valente, 6.10.2006 at 23:21h

Great and touching image. Excellent composition too
Ciao, adolfo

Eddie Maguire, 6.10.2006 at 23:52h

you have raised the bar again.. outstanding.

D. Ynoche, 7.10.2006 at 0:16h

full of intensive expression....
full of experience as well as <wisdom> in early childhood....
extreme touching....
some have so much and throw too much away,
others have almost nothing or even nothing and 'ld be glad to have all what others threw away....
ancor' una volta: bravo per questa photografia, Sergio!

Rob Brydon, 7.10.2006 at 0:39h

superb image Sergio. Your ability to create a story in your captures is moving...What must these children be thinking..Cheers..Rob

Pascal Viyer, 7.10.2006 at 0:45h

Intensive expression of the man and his "son". The title, the bicycle" supposes a certain richesse.

Christian Fuerst II, 7.10.2006 at 1:32h

this could also be a great shot in BW. the boys looking friendly and cheerful.However, their bellies look like starvation oder disease

Camera Obscura, 7.10.2006 at 1:58h

a wonderful picture...nice work

John Holmes, 7.10.2006 at 4:23h

well captured. no tread on the bike, bloated bellies; life is not good for these boys. jh

Visiones de vida., 7.10.2006 at 5:15h

breathing life!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Rainer Rauer, 7.10.2006 at 9:48h


Gero Merella, 7.10.2006 at 12:28h

Sergio....è una poesia...una foto da tenere sempre in vista...un uso della luce che nemmeno in studio...
Bravo bravo Bravo!!!!

Yasser Metwally, 7.10.2006 at 12:48h

Hey sergio ,,, this is a talking pictuer ,,,wonderful faces expressions , and stunning light and colores tones, as i said,, its a talking pictuers , as always ,, GREAT WORK
best wishes

Maria Luís Castela, 7.10.2006 at 14:38h

amasing, congratulation, i love the bright skin, the bicle's colours, and the choc colours too :)

Radim Spitzer, 7.10.2006 at 15:02h

great stuff!
Greetings, R.

Roberto Lira, 7.10.2006 at 15:20h

Absolutely outstanding, great photo!!!


Alexandra Baltog, 7.10.2006 at 16:18h

An REALY emotional photography !

Herbert Rulf, 7.10.2006 at 20:35h

Excellent !

Mircea Tiron-Tudor, 8.10.2006 at 7:55h

Very expressive photo ! Great kids,perfect composition !
Best regards, Mircea

Mark Johnston, 8.10.2006 at 8:39h

Amazing deep color. Great shot.

Enrico Maioli, 8.10.2006 at 12:11h

Grandiodso come sempre!!!

Daniel Avasilichioaei, 8.10.2006 at 13:07h

Beautiful and very well done...

Jamie Hollett, 8.10.2006 at 17:45h

Beautiful shot. Alwaya crystal clear & such gorgeous colours in all your wonderful shots Sergio. You have so many fans here on FC & you're such an inspiration to many of us. Always a warm welcome when you return from your travels to share your beautiful view of the world through your eyes. Many thanks for sharing your amazing work.

Kerstin Rösler, 8.10.2006 at 20:10h

a simply touching moment...reading in their eyes.....a great sensitive shot....
Kind regards kerst

Jaime Crystal Maksoud, 9.10.2006 at 1:25h

your photos are so emotional and beautiful, shows us the real world and makes us appreciate our part of the world more.
like i am so greatful to have a beautiful healthy son and to have food on our table everynight, and not have to worry when we will have food next.
your photos are just so amazing and always make me appreciate my life even more, the impact you have on all these members is wonderful, heaps of fans as jamie said :)

jaime :)

Philomena Hammer, 9.10.2006 at 9:40h

I do have the impression that a bike is the last thing they need :-(((

Konstantinos Papazoglou, 9.10.2006 at 10:40h

Excellent journalistic shot.

Othmar R., 9.10.2006 at 15:25h

colori favolosi .. come sempre - peró anche una bella storia che racconti con questa imagine.


Christian Knospe, 9.10.2006 at 20:36h

eine super schöne arbeit...gefällt mir sehr gut.

gruß chris

.Stephanie K., 9.10.2006 at 21:06h

oooooh, very nice pic !!!!

remembering my summer ... by .Stephanie K.
remembering my summer ...
3.10.06, 1:01

Angelo Barigazzi, 11.10.2006 at 0:02h

Accidenti Sergio...arrivo buon che dire...devo comunque commentarla...sei un portento, fai foto come si conviene ad un professionista quale tu sei.
Come sempre ti ammiro tantissimo.
Un saluto

Dragomir Vukovic, 11.10.2006 at 19:40h

very moving eyes

Esther Scheelings, 11.10.2006 at 21:40h

Wow, so much expression again. Beautifull

Voting Center, 14.10.2006 at 17:35h

This photo has been selected for the gallery with 60 pro- and 40 contra-votes. Congratulations, Sergio Pessolano :-)

Dominique Duriot, 14.10.2006 at 17:35h

Well...This is a story here...

We know all that Sergio is a great photographer, one of the best here for me.

But this one is special , I like the looking of the young boy...nude without any toy, or any food maybe....and seeing the nice bycicle in front of him...

Thank you Sergio... because your pictures are not just wonderful, they speaks a lot too!!

Hope you will enjoy this voting

Olivier Vanbiervliet, 14.10.2006 at 17:35h

Beautiful photo, but I'm in doubt: the cropping is not good (imho)... on the left side I would've cropped the small black strip away, on the top right corner I would've loved the whole bike steer.
Just imagine the same photo without the bike, it would even be stronger...although you would need a new title :-)

Sergio Pessolano, 14.10.2006 at 17:35h

Thank you Olivier. But I cropped a wide part of the bike (I converted the horizontal framing into a square format) and I left only what was striclty necessary of the bike. The bike is an important element in the story telling; more it adds a special dimensionality to the subjects.

P.e.ter Gau, 14.10.2006 at 17:35h


Hasan Önal, 14.10.2006 at 17:35h


Abdul Khaliq, 14.10.2006 at 17:35h

It seems that bicycle exported from India :)
Wonderful story. PRO

Jacky Kobelt, 14.10.2006 at 17:35h


Mircea Tiron-Tudor, 14.10.2006 at 17:35h

The photo and the title are very good !
Pro !

Jamie Hollett, 14.10.2006 at 17:35h

For me this is what makes a professional a true professional. Such a simple shot yet with huge impact & full of emotion. Always a joy to view Sergio's work & he's always welcomed by a huge army of fans here on FC. Always crisp & clear shots with beautiful colours. Great to see the world through Sergio's eyes. Without a doubt PRO!

Eddie Maguire, 14.10.2006 at 17:35h

You hear some clap-trap talked about images sometimes. The presentation is spot on and the crop adds to the story of the image. The dynamic between people and their environment is often what lifts an image out of the ordinary and certainly in this case. How do you make a bicylce disappear when it was obviously the artist inhtention that it said something about the subjects.

Without hesitation... PRO

Paul Grimshaw, 14.10.2006 at 17:35h

Once again I find myself agreeing with Olivier and not seeing the story that DD sees ... Also I just can't stop looking at that little strip on the left side and wondering why it was kept in-frame by SP. Nice shot and certainly an improvement on the portraits but whilst many on here always love an ethnic shot I don't automatically appreciate them and can still see a lack of connection between the bike and the two children or indeed the bike's importance and also the poor composition on the left side. Skin comes across a bit 'neat' as well, as noted in the past.

Theo Weijmer, 14.10.2006 at 17:35h


Cees Kuijs, 14.10.2006 at 17:35h


Falko Seegel, 14.10.2006 at 17:36h

Fotography is about images, memories and their interrelations, not about reality whatever that is considered to be. Focusing on technical aspects only and thus judging on whether or not there is a story simply reveals a very limited ability of imagination in the spectator. Technical skills are no doubt helpful, but they are just a tool. And this is not a tool only place, is it ?
I like it pro

Igor Flasz, 14.10.2006 at 17:36h

Excellent photo, it is a shame that in the 21 century we found childs like this... well done...

Gabi Anna, 14.10.2006 at 17:36h


Frank Cecconi, 14.10.2006 at 17:36h

I'd prefer it without the bike and just the kids + cropping is not too big a deal. But the clarity is absolutely superb and the main subject, I think - the 2 kids - makes me want to learn more! A small pro for me;-)

Patrick Parenteau, 14.10.2006 at 17:36h

The fact that this image has caused such discussions in the gallery voting section makes it a pro for me. I like the contrast of the somewhat affluent looking bike and the wanton, distant gazes of the children. They are not even looking at the bike because it can not fill the need in their distended stomachs. The story is more important than issues of crop and enhancement. Pro

Jacqueline Chay, 14.10.2006 at 17:36h

Im distracted by the left hand side, but i realise that a tighter crop would have been too close to the boys - Pro for everything else

Zsolt Kiss, 14.10.2006 at 17:36h

PRO! :o)

Catia Malagoli, 14.10.2006 at 17:36h


Valfoto, 14.10.2006 at 17:36h


Alexandra Baltog, 14.10.2006 at 17:36h

an emotional picture! Great shot!
I think it is for GALLERY.

Esti Eini, 14.10.2006 at 17:36h


Celal Tayar, 14.10.2006 at 17:36h

allways great docustuff

Jutta Washington, 14.10.2006 at 17:36h


Jaime Crystal Maksoud, 14.10.2006 at 17:36h

emotional, beautiful, real

Ivano Cheli, 14.10.2006 at 17:36h


Geoff in Germany, 14.10.2006 at 17:36h


Christian Knospe, 14.10.2006 at 17:36h


Oliver Suhr, 14.10.2006 at 17:36h


MWPhoto, 14.10.2006 at 17:36h

great picture
I guess we hold Sergio to a higher standard ???
I must vote pro, because it is still a great picture

Ron Couwenberg, 14.10.2006 at 17:36h


ende einer reise, 14.10.2006 at 17:36h


Nicole Zuber, 14.10.2006 at 17:36h


D. Ynoche, 14.10.2006 at 17:36h



Luisa Masala, 14.10.2006 at 18:59h

veramente bella ..galleria meritata,ciao luisa

Eddie Maguire, 14.10.2006 at 19:26h


Atle Garmann, 14.10.2006 at 20:24h

Congratulations, well deserved!

Sergio Pessolano, 14.10.2006 at 20:40h

Thank you so much to all.
I received a lot of very different comments about composition, editing and so on, but my style and my goal is and will be always to introduce the beauty and the nobility which are always inside (and outside) the sad stories/images too. In my images the priority is for the emotion; then, just after, the content comes. I want that people feel as the persons showed in my photos live. And I hope they can reflect about the reason those persons live therefore. It’s simple. IMHO, to do this better sometimes it’s necessary some editing (for example about the skin texture) to improve the message of innocence and nobility of the subject(s).

Federico F. Fariña, 14.10.2006 at 20:43h

That´s awesome! Greatings


Atle Garmann, 14.10.2006 at 22:57h

Hallo again Sergio, it is just what you describe in your comment above that touches me. You have an amazing skill to describe humans and feelings. Your editing is perfect in my eyes. Who cares about rules? You get the point visible in your photos and that is what matter!

This Is Just Me, 14.10.2006 at 23:40h

It's too good not to make it one of my favourites. And the star is well earned. Congratulations!
Tanti saluti,

D. Ynoche, 15.10.2006 at 0:27h


Abdul Khaliq, 15.10.2006 at 7:32h

I am with you Sergio :).

Kat Suvorova, 15.10.2006 at 11:12h


Allan Thompson, 15.10.2006 at 20:31h

Congrats Sergio,you as well as this photo are simply "The Best"!!!

Dominique Duriot, 16.10.2006 at 11:37h

Congratulations Sergio !
I'm very happy :)


Shirra Subsinsky, 17.10.2006 at 2:13h

Tells a very sad story. Great emotional shot

Véronique Soulier, 17.10.2006 at 9:34h

Great pleasure in discovering this touching one.. Greetings VS

Beatrix Bistiakova, 19.10.2006 at 10:19h

very,very emotional...

Rarindra Prakarsa, 19.10.2006 at 15:11h

great composition
always amazed with SKINTONE

Rieva Azrul A, 20.10.2006 at 17:30h

nice captured...

Cristina Teixeira, 22.10.2006 at 21:10h

This picture takes me back to Africa.It is so beutiful and so toutching at the same time...
Love it...

Kristianto Wibowo, 26.10.2006 at 14:56h


Stefanos Lampridis, 27.10.2006 at 7:51h


Darinka Mladenovic, 27.10.2006 at 17:01h

I have missed yor photos for a long time, and I am happy I can enjoy the beauty of your art-works again.
This photo is fantastic.

Regards Darinka

Roxana Lämmlin, 5.11.2006 at 10:22h

your photos are emotional as you yourself are saying,Sergio! the message it's all the time quite clear as it should be in photojournalism and i find one simple word for your work, which i think says all: Beautiful!

best wishes,


Marek Suvák, 12.11.2006 at 20:59h


Kombizz Kashani, 10.12.2006 at 6:02h

beautiful image, nice composition & lighting

Alexandra B, 10.12.2006 at 19:53h

stunning foto...great:-)

CATERINA MIGNO, 17.12.2006 at 22:22h


Anna Kowalski, 18.12.2006 at 2:58h

Deeply moving... Cannot stop thinking about this little boy and his brother...

Marc Erpelding, 27.12.2006 at 11:59h

Simply beautiful...
Kind regards, Marc

Alex SM, 21.02.2007 at 22:20h

A little sad, great picture to contemplate!

Susi Lawson Susi, 27.04.2007 at 19:43h

excellent in every way

Diana Bodea, 6.05.2007 at 22:42h

wonderful photo!

Lazaros Limos , 22.05.2007 at 19:44h

I realy liked the composition of this photo. Very emotional too. Very nice work!

Pascale06 , 26.09.2007 at 15:29h

Magnifique photo , pleine d'émotion. félicitation

Gerd Eder, 16.12.2011 at 7:54h

Che bella foto, i ragazzini insieme con la bicicletta, ottimo..

Saluti Gerd

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