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The Fumigator by Lou McLove

September 2020 - The Fumigator

September 2020 - Lou McLove


About the Image(s)

I took this image in the city of Trinidad, Cuba 2 years a ago. A fumigator was traveling door to door when I spotted him in the street. I thought he had a sinister look that was enhanced by the surroundings. I changed the image to B&W which I think works well with the subject matter. Shot with a Canon 6D and Tamron 28-300 mm lens at 222mm. ISO 320, 1/200 second at f 13. In Lightroom I cropped the image and adjusted the exposure.

5 comments posted

Jill Edwards   Jill Edwards
B&W really gets the mood. Great for everyone's health and he is looking guilty. Interesting shot.   Posted: 09/07/2020 07:19:22

Marianne Barnhardt   Marianne Barnhardt
B&W looks much better. Intense photo so much going on and he is the pivotal focus. Superb!   Posted: 09/07/2020 20:59:26

Geoff Shaw   Geoff Shaw
Seeing clouds of fumigant makes my skin crawl. Sure, the pesticide kills mosquitos, but large doses of cholinesterase insecticides are also bad for humans, and these dense clouds must surely be carrying lots and lots. I'm not certain, but I think the usual pesticide used is Naled,which can cause nausea, dizziness, confusion and at high doses death. It is prohibited in the EU. I have no issues with it being used as a pesticide to kill mosquitos that spread malaria and zika virus. What concerns me are the lack of PPE for the fumigator, and all the people standing in the fumes as if it were innocuous. Shudder!
I wonder if a tighter crop would focus attention on the fumigator. There is a lot of other activity in the image that take the attention away from what I take to be the message.   Posted: 09/08/2020 00:06:05
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Lou McLove   Lou McLove
Hi Geoff, I know what you mean about the pesticides. I remember that as kids we would run behind the mosquito funigating truck that prowled the night time summer streets. I agree with your cropping suggestion re focusing the image, but having been there and witnessing the scene I prefer my version for personal reasons.   Posted: 09/10/2020 17:57:37

Brandon Montgomery   Brandon Montgomery
I love both versions of this image. I see the intensity in the subject as adding to the photos effect. I see everyone in this photo as having their own story.   Posted: 09/10/2020 08:53:08


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