Asia – A week in pictures July 10, 2011

July 12, 2011

I am not a gamer at all but while looking at the file this week was reminded of a facility on electronic gaming my son showed me that allows you to see a different view point of the action. You can have wide, close and closer still. Two pictures of police beating protesters with batons have been shot as close as you can possibly get to the action but for sure this is no game.  Philippines based Romeo (Bobby) Ranoco picture is actually so close that it has been shot over the shoulder of the soldier, who, judging by the blood on the head of the unarmed protester, seems to have scored at least one direct hit . In India  and shot just slightly wider is Jayanta Dey’s picture. The fact that it is shot slightly wider makes sure we are aware that it is actually three soldiers beating a protester and not one. The line of composition created by the baton and the flexed arm creating a perfect compositional triangle – Although I am not sure the protester would actually care about that. 

An anti-riot policeman hits a protester with a baton at a rally against what protesters claim to be U.S. intervention outside the U.S. embassy in Manila July 4, 2011. Filipino and U.S. troops are holding exercises in the Sulu Sea off the western Philippine province of Palawan, which lies near the disputed Spratly Islands. Conflicting territorial claims by several countries over the Spratlys and Paracels are raising tensions in Asia. Besides the Philippines, China, Vietnam, Taiwan, Malaysia and Brunei are claiming the islands as theirs. REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco

A policeman wields a baton against an activist of India’s Congress party during a protest in Agartala, located in northeastern Indian state of Tripura July 10. 2011. Police used batons to disperse activists on Sunday protesting against the state’s alleged discriminatory policies towards reservation of seats in local medical colleges, local media reported. REUTERS/Jayanta Dey

Continuing on the theme of public disobedience and violent confrontation with authority thousands of people massed on the Streets of Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia to demonstrate for electrial reform.  Malaysia chief photographer Bazuki Muhammad, his colleague Samsul Said and Thailand based chief Photographer Damir Sagolj were on the streeets all day as police fired repeated rounds of tear gas and detained over 1,400 people. Both their pictures make me feeling like gagging with the amount of tear gas that is in the air. An unexpected piece of drama to unfold from the demonstration was the fact that opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim was slightly injured in the clashes and that Bazuki managed to get access as Anwar’s daughter administered some tender care. Lastly with this week’s Asian civil disobedience I have to include Nepal based Navesh Chitraker’s picture of a Tibetan woman striding purposely towards a line of riot police as she tries to enter a school. The tension in the picture created by the shape of the stride and the tyre mark lines in the mud all pointing to the open gate. but you already know she is just not going to get past the line of soldiers.

A supporter of the “Bersih” (Clean) electoral reform coalition is detained in a cloud of tear gas during clashes in downtown Kuala Lumpur July 9, 2011. Malaysian police fired tear gas and detained more than 500 people in the capital on Saturday in a bid to prevent thousands of anti-government protesters from putting on a massive show of strength against Prime Minister Najib Razak.  REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

A supporter of the “Bersih” electoral reform coalition runs after tear gas was fired near him during a rally outside KL Sentral in Kuala Lumpur July 9, 2011. Malaysian police fired tear gas and detained more than 500 people in the capital on Saturday in a bid to prevent thousands of anti-government protesters from putting on a massive show of strength against Prime Minister Najib Razak.   REUTERS/Bazuki Muhammad

Opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim is consoled by his daughter Nurul Izzah Anwar as he lays in his room at a hotel after he was hurt when police fired tear gas during a rally called by “Bersih” or Clean, electoral reform coalition in Kuala Lumpur July 9, 2011. Malaysian police fired tear gas and detained more than 500 people in the capital on Saturday in a bid to prevent thousands of anti-government protesters from putting on a massive show of strength against Prime Minister Najib Razak. REUTERS/Bazuki Muhammad

A Tibetan child with her mother walk toward a school in Kathmandu July 6, 2011. The government prevented the Tibetan community in Kathmandu from celebrating the 76th birthday of exiled spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, over fears of anti-Chinese protests. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar

In Afghanistan as NATO prepares to hand over the role of security to the Afghnaistan Army and police, Omar Sobhani was able to attend training for the new troops. Shamil Zhumatov is on embed with US forces, so on the whole I don’t like to include military training pictures with my weekly blog when the real thing is actually going on but Omar’s pictures are so strong I feel they have earned their place to be included this week. I love the shadow in the first picture as it looks like an instructor overseeeing the proceedings and secondly, not sure why, recruits walking in circles are part of military training but it makes a great picture. 

Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers take part in a training exercise at the Kabul Military Training Centre (KMTC) in Kabul June 20, 2011. Afghan security forces are due to take over security responsibility from foreign troops in seven areas of the country this year. This is part of a wider plan for Afghan police and soldiers to take the lead in securing the whole country by the end of 2014 as foreign troops gradually withdraw. REUTERS/Omar Sobhani

Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers take part in a training exercise at the Kabul Military Training Centre (KMTC) in Kabul June 19, 2011. Afghan security forces are due to take over security responsibility from foreign troops in seven areas of the country this year. This is part of a wider plan for Afghan police and soldiers to take the lead in securing the whole country by the end of 2014 as foreign troops gradually withdraw.   REUTERS/Omar Sobhani

A member of the Afghan National Police (ANP) secures an area from his tower outside the U.S. Marines Camp Gorgak in Helmand province, southern Afghanistan July 5, 2011.  REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov 

It’s been a year since the devastating floods hit Pakistan killing hundreds and making millions homeless. Karachi based Akhtar Soomro was back in the flood zones looking at how people are coping a year on. It’s always hard to photograph something that happened a year ago and so it takes a while to understand Akhtar’s picture but once you do the power of the image is amazing. It reminds the viewer just how high the water was and how little has changed for those suffering from the effects of the flood.

Three-year-old Rajo, who is taking refuge with his family after being displaced by heavy floods for almost a year, stands in front of a blackboard with floodwater stain marks in a classroom in the village of Ramli Khosso, some 50 km (31 miles) from Dadu in Pakistan’s Sindh province July 7, 2011. Up to five million people in Pakistan are at risk from floods this year, partly due to poor reconstruction and the inadequate rehabilitation of survivors who are still reeling from last year’s epic deluge, the United Nations said. REUTERS/Akhtar Soomro

 Two pictures that grabbed my attention from China are about people struggling with their daily lives. The seemingly peaceful image of a family sleeping under mosquito nets is probably one of the best pictures I have seen that illustrates the lengths that people will go to to try to make a a living in China and the hardships they face and the determination they have to make it work. The longer you look at the picture the more you get a  sense of the struggle. A second image that caught my eye is the picture of the torrents of flood water rushing through a stairwell of a house, it begs the question what the man is running to try to rescue?

A migrant worker sleeps on the back of his motor tricycle, under a mosquito net with his wife and son, on the pavement of a street in Hefei, Anhui province July 5, 2011. China’s economy is expected to grow a robust 9.5 percent in the first half of 2011 and retain much of the momentum the rest of the year with little chance of a hard landing, a government think-tank said in a report published on Thursday. REUTERS/Stringer

 A resident runs on a flooded stairway as floodwater pours into an underground garage amid heavy rainfalls in Chengdu, Sichuan province, July 3, 2011. Heavy downpour hit Chengdu on Sunday, flooding roads and breaking down city traffic. Warnings of further rainstorms and possible floods or landslides have been released, Xinhua News Agency reported. Picture taken July 3, 2011. REUTERS/China Daily

The continuing political fallout in Japan has led to some of the most imaginative pictures of politicians that I have ever seen. Yuriko Nakao topping all the team’s efforts in the past as I have never seen anyone use the red light on the back of a flash to make a picture, especially good as it looks like Prime Minister Kan is seen behind the Japan national flag. Yuriko also produced a great picture to illustrate the “body in the bath” story as Bill Hawker father of the victim Lindsay holds onto a well thumbed picture of his murdered daughter.  It seems the picture is never far from him.

Japan’s Finance Minister Yoshihiko Noda is seen past an indicator lamp on a photographer’s flash as he sits next to Prime Minister Naoto Kan during a budget committee meeting in the lower house of parliament in Tokyo July 6, 2011. Kan has said he wants to stay in his post until three bills are passed: the small extra budget, legislation to allow fresh borrowing to fund about 40 percent of this year’s budget, and measures to promote renewable sources of energy such as solar and wind power as Japan tries to wean itself from nuclear power.   REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao 

A photo of murdered British teacher Lindsay Hawker, is shown by her father Bill Hawker upon his arrival at Chiba district court in Chiba, east of Tokyo July 4, 2011. The Hawker family attended the trial of Tatsuya Ichihashi, accused of murdering their family member Lindsay. Picture taken July 4, 2011.   REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao

Before I close my weekly post I want to add a few other pictures that have caught my eye. The operation on a monkey in Singapore shot by Joel Boh, the animal’s arms stretched out surrounded by the medical team. Danish Siddiqui’s well observed picture of a busload of well wishers attending a monkey wedding and from the same continent the hand out picture of film special effects – try as i might I cannot see the difference except for the colour change so am left scratching my head over both pictures, the special effects and why have a monkey wedding. Having recently just moved a double bed from one room to another (don’t do it alone) I can only feel sheer admiration for the motorcyclist in Bea’s picture  (don’t try this at home folks). Ending on a peaceful note – how about following Truth Leem and learning how to die well in South Korea.

Vets prepare to conduct an X-ray for Bena, a 11-year old male Proboscis monkey, after it was sedated for a routine health inspection at the Singapore Zoo in Singapore July 5, 2011. Three Proboscis monkeys are undergoing checkups ahead of being sent to Apenheul Primate Park in the Netherlands as part of an animal exchange to kick start a captive breeding programme. The zoo in Singapore is the first wildlife reserve to successfully breed Proboscis monkeys in a captive environment, according to an official. REUTERS/Joel Boh

Visitors travel on the rooftop of a bus as they come to watch a wedding between two monkeys at Talwas village, located in the northwestern state of Rajasthan, July 6, 2011. Indian forest department officials unsuccessfully tried to a stop a unique simian wedding citing it violated the 1972 Wildlife Protection Act. Monkeys play a significant role in Hindu religion where they are worshipped in the form of Lord Hanuman.      REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

A combination of undated pictures released to Reuters on July 6, 2011, shows a scene from the Bollywood film “Bheja Fry 2″ before (top) and after (bottom) special effects have been added by artists at Reliance Mediaworks’ VFX facility and digital lab in Mumbai. Inspired by the success of Hollywood films like “Avatar” and “Transformers”, India’s Bollywood is taking its special effects seriously, using technology to add value to film rather than as a cost-saving tool. REUTERS/Reliance MediaWorks/Handout

Anwar, a street vendor, transports beds for sale using his motorcycle at Glagahharjo village, near Yogyakarta July 4, 2011. Anwar said he can travel about 40 km through a few villages a day while selling the beds and can earn 200 thousand rupiah ($23.50) a week. Anwar began selling the beds after refugees from the Mount Merapi volcano area moved into the village. REUTERS/Beawiharta

 

A man, donning a traditional yellow hemp robe, lies down in a coffin during a “well-dying? course, run by a local district office in Seoul July 4, 2011. The course, run by a local district office in the northeast of Seoul, has an aim: “Don’t take life for granted.” While some see the mock funeral as a way to reflect on one’s life and prepare for death, many sceptics still question whether death simulation can prevent suicide and blame some entrepreneurs for using this as a commercial event.    REUTERS/Truth Leem

 

 

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