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Discontent by Nullermanden Discontent by Nullermanden
"My family went to Norway, and all I got was this friggin' balloon :|"

Another shot from Bergen, Norway (you'll probably see a couple more ;)). This time, I caught a little brat, being mad because his parents got him a balloon instead of a PSP.

Ahh, you gotta love the youth of today.

(PS: I have a soft spot for balloons, so that's not the last one you'll see either :lmao:)


Because I have a soft spot for children. And balloons. Mix the two, and you got me chasing this kid down the street to get a clear shot (I'm not kidding, I got *crazy1ady as my witness). Then, when I finally caught up with him, I kneeled in the middle of the street and waited for him to notice me. He did. Several times. This being the last, when he was clearly annoyed with me! The Street Photography contest says I need to tell what motivated me to make the photo... Well, to be honest - I didn't think about making it. There is no time to think in cases like this - just act.

I guess it was all in the moment. A moment, I'm glad I didn't think twice about before shooting.

Where and when taken:
Bergen, Norway - August 24th, 2006.

Technical info:
Camera: Canon EOS 350D
Lens: Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8
Shutter speed: 1/320 second
Aperture: f/3.2
ISO: 100

- Simply Channel Mixer to convert to black and white
- Curves for contrast
- Slight dodge and burn to certain areas
- Vignetting
- No cropping, straight from camera

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Print: [link]
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Given 2006-09-10
Discontempt by =Nullermanden Honestly, what the hell can I write about this? This is just .... well ... perfect! ( Suggested by asmileforyou and Featured by cweeks )
MikiyoOo Featured By Owner May 4, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I featured this awesome piece here ;) [link]
diana-irimie Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2012  Professional Artist
haha, well this is very cute! this actually made me search for a photo from when i was about 4; i was also standing and holding a balloon and was drinking juice with a very annoyed face :giggle:
JENU89 Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2012  Student Photographer
Your work is featured in my journal :) :thumb292588799:
vasik92 Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2012  Student Photographer
great shot man, congrats its simply and pure !!
Omxman Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2012
Hah! Cutieeee boy.
Blondiezima Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2012  Student
Congratulations~ :heart:
Your phenomenal deviation has been featured in this week's 'Featured works' ! [link]
photoartu Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2012
great shot
anbmjj Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
HA! I love the story. :D epic
MaxHedrm0 Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
That is one annoyed little kid.
WarpedPurity Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
This is wonderful.
Okleta Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2012
haha love how he looks
Suar-Plum-Fairy02 Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2012  Student General Artist
There is nothing I could say to jusitfy this image
multicoloredpenguins Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2012
This is such a cute picture and the story cracked me up! It's awesome :)
Nuzoom Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2012
look him cool..
BoiChick Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2012
Amazingly adorable. I especially like how the balloon looks color-wise.
AshleyAngel1997 Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2012  Student Photographer
How did you get the background to be blurry but the main picture is clear? But wonderful picture :)
kriisy Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2012  Student Photographer
I love how he's holding a balloon with that expression on his face, they seem to cause a juxtaposition which is very interesting within the photo!
finding-equilibrium Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh my word.

that may be the most adorable (and hilarious) thing I've ever seen.

This is.. fantastic! :D
happienoodleboy Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2012
Nothing I can really add except my appreciation
Jiyu-Jin Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2012  Professional General Artist
what a happy child! with such a beautiful smile :woohoo:
Bummerdude Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
ahahaha his look says it all
Lillesauen-Photo Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Beautifully captured! :)
Miyazu Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
his parents shoulda left him mooooore balloons
Anmaril Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
A brilliant facial expression! :D
FiskXPhantom Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2012  Student General Artist
:grump: Nice shot.
dieMaskenmacherin Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2011
He sure doesnt seem very honored by that strange man hunting him :D great photo though
eon-dragon Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2011
I would be happy. xD
k-fer Featured By Owner May 18, 2010
featured :heart: [link]
shaman-from-serbia Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2010  Student Filmographer
awesome work and thanks for the "Why when how" in the description, it's inspiring.
grace-kim Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2010  Student
You art has been featured here! [link]
Netsrotj Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
what a great shot! I love that sad look, thou I'd like to see those other pictures of the boy you did before.

I'd also love to see this pic with the balloon left in color...
Jezuzac Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2009
Balloon looks a little too touched up for my tastes
vollyy Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
look-in my journal :
Anoya Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2009   Photographer
I don't think I ever commented on this shot, while I've looked it up so many times now. I decided I'd like to have it on my wall. Maybe not now, 'cause my room isn't that big, but hopefully I'll have a house in a few months (at least before the end of the year I hope) and I'd really like to have this on one of my walls.

I just love the contradiction in this, you normally see kids happy when they have balloons and this little guy sure as hell isn't. I think it really shows a message that some people just don't care about the stuff that's supposed to make them happy. Or have more important things on their minds.

Anyway, I love it! I don't know if the 'Requests as a print' is anonymous or not, but if it was; I clicked it. ;)
Nullermanden Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2009
Well you could always just get a small picture for the small room, and then a large later :giggle:

I know exactly what you mean... Kids should be happy as f**k when they get a shiny new balloon, but noooo :P

There's this pretty little australian website called If you go and search, I don't know, "lasse damgaard" or "discontent", you just might stumble across something :giggle:
Anoya Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2009   Photographer
I found it! :#1:

And it's like.. cheap! :O Even with the shipping costs!
Nullermanden Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2009
Well of course :giggle: Knowing that my work is hanging on someone's wall, making them happy, means more to me than money :)
Anoya Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2011   Photographer
I didn't tell you yet that I've bought the print a few months ago, right after I moved houses! It looks so great, the print quality is epic. Right now I'm having the hardest time ever finding a good frame, since it's a bit of a weird size (31 x 46 cm), so at the moment it's on a pinboard in my living room. Everyone loves him though and every time I look at it, he makes me smile =)
Nullermanden Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2012
After being away from this site for months and months, that was just about the greatest comment to return to ever :)
Anoya Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2012   Photographer
I found a great frame meanwhile as well! Had to edit it a little to make it fit the way I wanted it to fit, but it's perfect! =)
Anoya Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2009   Photographer
How can someone not be happy while looking at a discontent kid? ;p
ssilverartist Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
wow. perfect. :)
Isvarmt Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2009  Student Photographer
You and I are so going to shoot together one day!
... Og jeg har sikkert kommenteret det her før, men billedet er taget på min fødselsdag! :D
merci-bcp Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2009
I love the way the kid and the balloon stand out, and your description :D
FiratGURGEN Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2009  Student Filmographer
HADI666 Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2008  Professional Photographer
:love: :headbang:
Ace-of-Enigmas Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2008   Photographer
This is what street photography is all about. Pictures like this are the reason people do it. Excellent work.
iposiniditos Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2008  Professional Photographer
iposiniditos Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2008  Professional Photographer
Z-Ramzy Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2008
What a focus !!!! :D
amazing shot & as always a crazy contrast.
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Camera Data

Shutter Speed
1/320 second
Focal Length
117 mm
ISO Speed
Date Taken
Aug 24, 2006, 4:47:42 PM