Shy

Mut, Dakhla Oasis, Egypt.

Once I received a comment on this photo that said:

I hope everyone can see every child in the world in this photo, just beautiful.
A lovely fleeting moment.”

…maybe the best comment that I could possibly hear. My intention for almost any portrait type photo I take is the “instant” connection between the subject and viewer of that photo. …to have the viewer feel some kind of emotional contact with the picture, without me having to say anything. It usually, well almost never, doesn’t happen, but I keep trying. I keep trying because I believe that every child is worth it. If I can turn one person’s opinion around through my photos, than its worth it. People are people. Children are children. No matter what the country, the religion, the monetary situation, the political situation. Fundamentally, inside, everyone is the same. I could definitely do better with the post processing on this photo. I have learned quite a bit since this was taken. Technically, photographically speaking, the photo blows. The color is off. Could probably sharpen it a bit more. Maybe a bit of contrast, better color, etc, etc.

     …but why? It’s the moment that counts, and I love this moment. It reminds me instantly of the children of Mut. This girl. This day. She was so shy. I showed her a photo of herself on my LCD. She looked away, she looked back, she closed her eyes, she laughed. I raised my camera for another shot. She knew what was coming, she didn’t know what to do, she wanted to hide, but she wanted to see her picture again. Click. She ran to me to see her face. She laughed again. This is the memory and I’m glad to have it and show it. A fleeting moment where I can see every child in the world in her face. I don’t want to change a thing about it. Isn’t that what photography is all about?

                           December 2, 2007

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13 comments on “Shy

  1. Beautiful, just beautiful. Granted in terms of photography the pic may suck, but in terms of capturing life, it is amazing. It captures childhood, its curiosity, and its innocence.

    I Love the site.

  2. Gorgeous picture! I love it. 🙂 In terms of photography (but I’m just an amateur), I still think it is beautiful. Absolutely lovely. 🙂

  3. I think the measure of any artwork is the message it delivers. We can get way too caught up in the technicalities.

    Whether technically “correct” or not, I have no idea – I DO know it is a wonderful photo.

  4. Most people don’t really care about the technicalities of a photograph, and in fact, many avid photographers don’t care either. But everyone cares about a photograph when it visually tells them something. That is all that matters, the visually communication, and the capture of a moment in time and space. Beautiful story and picture by the way!

  5. I’ve been wondering, do you ever carry a Polaroid or some other kind of insta-photo camera? I think it would totally blow their socks off!

    Great photo by the way.

    • pduan …no, I would love too, but just don’t have the room for it. I did send a packet of photos (around 75) back to this town though (Mut). I just hope they got their and everyone saw them. Thanks for asking, John

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