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The Boss

The Boss
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Copyright: Mike Spencer (mcnk) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 117 W: 11 N: 88] (747)
Genre: People
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-05
Categories: Daily Life
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-09-12 9:42
Viewed: 1672
Points: 12
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
At the far end of Tiananmen square lies the entrance to the Forbidden City. Mao's portrait, which is immense, hangs above the guarded gate. His mausoleum is about 500 metres away. The contrast between the communism of Mao and the exclusivity of the Emperor's residence is incongruous. The soldiers in this area are perhaps the most disciplined you will ever see.
The pre-conceptions that the West has about China are brought into sharp relief here. The affluence and absolute unchecked privilege of the emperor lies behind this portrait of Mao. Until you have been there and seen both sides of 'the square' you cannot understand why Mao had to make this statement. Sadly, this picture does not demonstrate the outrageous indulgence of the emperor's palace.
Beijing is a fascinating city. Should you make the journey this is a 'MUST SEE' destination. The other side of this red wall is staggering. There is nothing to compare to the scale of it elsewhere.... unless of course you consider the Khmer empire of Cambodia which is centuries away....

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  • Great 
  • hama Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 182 W: 0 N: 74] (1454)
  • [2008-09-12 10:23]

A great man's portrait, Hats off to him.

Love from Pakistan


tema interessante, bem como a composição da foto que explora bem a imobilidade do soldado à frente da gingantesca foto de Mao. Combina a idéia do passado da China e seu momento atual de capitalismo de Estado.

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  • wieyos Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1094 W: 43 N: 2059] (9118)
  • [2008-09-12 17:05]

i can't think of any title more perfect than this to complement the image....:)
looks like The Boss is always watching, Mike.
a nice capture.


Hi Mark,
Very interesting double portrait.TFS.


HI MIke...nicely captured shot...strong composition...nice work.


Great subject choice and a good sense of the location here Mike.

Technically I think there were a number of ways this could be different - and better. Judicious use of a longer lens (if you had one available) with shallower DOF could have let you provide a head-and-shoulders of the guard, with the portrait of Mao blurred but massive in the background.

I just find the very centred placement of both elements a little dull, perhaps it could have been saved by a narrowing crop, eliminating the unused space on either side?


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