Poverty is a disease. How can we overcome it, that is a question that everybody should seek. Moments like this makes me think, is there any justification behind the war we are fighting? Surely there are more important evils to fight.
This was taken with my old Nikon F10 Camera.
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isabela_sor (47557) 2007-02-17 3:27
Your picture touches me enormously...it is not easy to look at it.How can we help them ???????????It must be a way!!!!
bantonbuju (51771) 2007-02-17 3:40
this is strong! no need to write any stupid stuff praising tech side of this document!
it speaks volumes, this work!
WepWaWet (3796) 2007-02-17 3:59
Great!... Very striking picture... Congratulations!..
anes_lc (14968) 2007-02-17 10:08
think was hard to take this picture,me for sure i could not do it.
is sad and really i wish not to see it.i know this is the real life for some of the kids...but the true is painful and we all close the eyes ,thinking that somebody else will have the courage
to make something for...but not us.
thanks for make me open the eyes.
hope they will forgive us for being so ignorants
they can judge us...but they never do it.
Polonaise (5802) 2007-02-18 10:15
Extraordinary photo. Very strong photo.
That photo is yearning for information rather than a cliché, and quite naïve note.
My questions are:
1. Why those kids are there?
2. Where is it ? Building…Institution..? Marble floor (???)
3. Why two kids are covered with some rags, and the third kid, naked - is laying on the sheet of fabric - uncovered.
Some of other questions I can answer on my own…
I know it is Africa, it is Cameroon, there is no food for children (usually the ADULTS are OK, thanks God! Or, at least, they are strong enough to carry the bazookas and Kalashnikovs proudly on their shoulders).
And I'm perfectly alright with all the information and images.
For, as long as I live, I watch on TV, those proud, and smart and brave people, with the ammunition belts wrapped around their bodies, fighting for freedom and democracy (with outstanding results, may I add !).
But…There are those questions I asked above.
Burning my brains…Gripping my throat tightly…
What? Why? Rags, naked, marble floor…
If you don't know the answers Steve, and if you don't supply me with the answers…I'll be back, brother…
Trust me…I'll be back.. Be aware
feather (51130) 2007-02-18 11:53
Oh dear! This is heart-rending....I don't think you are looking for any comments about merit. You just remind us once more of the injustice and inequality in the world.
s10001in (0) 2007-02-19 21:06
You are right there.
elifpetan (1204) 2007-02-21 2:20
Very impressive. Makes me depressed to look at it. Congratulations.
Manamo (3654) 2007-04-03 8:56
very very touching photo. It is bound to raise questionning. Questions of all kind. Why? What can I do? How can this happen? and on and on...Very strong picture. The kid which seems ill on the left is in the light that seems to come from a window above him. His face his in the shades, but still we can see his open eyes. He is naked, ill on a red sheet. On the other side is the two other children, who seem to be feeling better, not naked, in the shades. the contrast of lighting is stunning:the one on the left well lit and the two others in the shadow. The marble? I would have expected it to be on sand, well, pretty much anything else than marble. A story is building up for sure.
My question, a technical one: it seems to be taken from too high. This one is not taken by a tall standing person, it is taken from far above. I get the sense that we would feel nearer from the scene, more touched if the point of view was lower, like at waist or knee level. Was it possible to reach them to do so? I mean, it is such a powerful photo that can help things move a bit, it has to be the strongest you can, any effort must be put in it. Just my opinion.
Have a nice day Steve,
AnimeshRay (9087) 2007-04-15 1:11
Incredible photograph, Steve. You raise important questions through this image. Technically superb, its appeal is beyond technicalities.
illusion108 (89) 2007-04-16 4:36
...........! nothing to say!
karinegl (172) 2007-04-16 4:49
Hard picture for a monday morning...
I didn't feel very well this morning but I think I should forget my worries and embrace life...
Photogaphy is also this kind of pictures that are pretty rare on TE according to the suffer all round the world.
Thank you for sharing even if it's a bit difficult to look at.
happypoppeye (4817) 2007-05-26 1:41
Yes, very powerful and sad photo. It is all ignorance. That is what I believe. The marble floor is interesting...
Great note also. Not a long critique because I don't think the photo needs it. It is really good.
One question - if you don't answer no worries - Did you do anything to help? Did you try to talk to them? Or did you not have time? Had to catch a train?.....OK, more than one question. I am just remembering my trip to Cambodia where most people considered the children something other than human beings. Really all they wanted was attention, talking was worth more than money to them, as was a game of Tic-Tac-Toe. Most people just wanted to push them away as beggars who were trying to steal their money. I know this is different but I am just interested.
diverjohn (544) 2007-11-14 4:35
this image is so unlike the rest of the TE contributions and worthy of TIME or Newsweek.
this is a documentary statement of the victims of poverty laying on a polished marble floor, and invokes more questions than answers.
This is great photography.
mlmurray (229) 2007-11-26 16:06
One of the things I like best about TrekEarth is that it makes us look at ALL the world, not just the beautiful tourist sites. And there is something we can all do about these children. It's called The United Nations Children's Fund (or UNICEF). I've been thinking I need to do some sharing of my gifts and this pictures certainly got my check book out.
It's a very good photo but does not need points, I think you will agree.
bombilla (3406) 2008-05-12 14:08
What a scene. Makes me want to throw my camera out for some reason. Not sure how to assimilate photos like this. We need to see them. Do we need to take them? What should we do with them? Who are we to be taking photos like this? Who are we to be looking at them? This photograph is the crux our modern anxiety, or dismal failings. It's also the potential engine for hope that we can still be humans. A real photograph, that carries with it all the weight and problems of a real photograph. And then, when confronted by this kind of document, I always wonder, What did the photographer do after he took it? Best, -Hugh
soi (486) 2010-04-29 6:12
Don't know what to say anymore!!!