Kieu-Hanh Vu  

Leather Processing (May 2020) by Kieu-Hanh Vu

May 2020 - Leather Processing (May 2020)

About the Image(s)

This leather tannery scene was taken in Fez, Morocco last year. Workers need to work in drums of toxic chemicals to process leathers to turn them into footwear as well as clothing, fashion accessories, interiors, and car upholstery.

Exif data: Canon 7D Mark II, Tamron lens 18-400mm, ISO 160, F/13.0, Speed 1/100, handheld. I did not make any adjustment, except cropping.

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5 comments posted

Ruth Sprain   Ruth Sprain
I find the leather processing scene fascinating. The man in the bright red shirt and cap becomes the center of interest for me because of his vivid clothing. The bags in the bottom center and left could be darkened to keep them from being a distraction. With all our concern about masks and gloves, it's concerning to see these workers working with toxic chemicals without either.   Posted: 05/08/2020 09:55:04

Randolph Shine   Randolph Shine
The photo tells a story. The plastic bag on top of the pit and the paper bag floating in the tub give it a time stamp.It is happening now in our time. Tanning as been around for thousands of years and really has not changed that much. The photo is shape, well balanced, well lite.
  Posted: 05/11/2020 14:52:21

LuAnn Thatcher   LuAnn Thatcher
Your story of the scene you photographed, Kieu-Hanh, makes me want to never buy leather shoes again. What an amazing image and story.

Considering the angle the photo was taken from, you have done a nice job of using the rule of thirds with your subjects. I think you could remove the bag in the foreground of the image without too much effort; it's just not necessary to the storyline like the white bag is.

Thanks for sharing this image and the impactful story behind the work these people are doing.

Best regards,

  Posted: 05/14/2020 11:18:38

Lisa Cirincione   Lisa Cirincione
I agree, I never want to wear leather again... I try not to now as it is... What a horrible way to make a living. Hopefully photos like these can bring attention to this process. As far as composition, I'm not sure where you took this photo from, but I actually would like to see a wider image to see how many of these 8-hole drum things there are packed together. For this image, I think a tighter crop and a squared up view might be better... keep the emphasis on this one drum.   Posted: 05/25/2020 10:01:55
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Mary Sue Rosenthal   Mary Sue Rosenthal
This is a great story. I love your perspective. I do agree with the removal of the white bag and the crop from Lisa. These two adjustments will definitely make this a more powerful image. Well done!   Posted: 05/27/2020 11:02:00