I have spoken before about the lovely dead trees on the beach and how they became a favorite photographic subject of mine.
One morning I was busy photographing them when I felt a gentle tap. It was the little girl on the right of this shot. She was curious as to what I was doing. Her mother was a short distance away waiting for the fishermen to come in with the days catch. The children wanted to have their photograph taken and were soon lined up for the big event!
I spoke to the mother and saw her buy a few small fish. These would be cooked and sold. That was how the woman made her living. It was heartbreaking to see how difficult life was for her. There was no money to send the children to school. Day after day they play on the beach, the bigger daughter looking after the baby. They looked carefree and happy but where does their future lie?
Kenya has 'free' primary school education. There are upwards of 50 in a class so most families scrimp and save to send their children to private schools where they get a better chance to learn. Children who manage to pass primary exams can go to secondary school but this has to be paid for.
If you are interested you can read more about education in Kenya here:
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yquem46 (38382) 2012-02-08 9:06
So cute and tender !
Excellent b&w conversion
A beautiful triple portrait conveying much emotion
I was fortunate to have also this kind of nice relationship with Masai kids on the Zanzibar beaches
A very good one
baclama (17367) 2012-02-08 9:08
very good b&w shot with these lovely children...
your note is very inetressing too
thanks very much
fanni (14377) 2012-02-08 9:26
you wrote an interesting note and shot a very picturesque (if I may use this word) group portrait the expressiveness of which is enhanced by the effect of the B&W colours and emphasizeв by the tree whose curuious shape is in perfect harmony with the children's postures... :)
warm greetings from very frosty Moscow,
ManuMay (34409) 2012-02-08 9:36
A breathtaking capture....wonderfully done...perfect focus and technical skills for this daily life scene...the looks, the ambience, good link to the tiotle them...Thisis really a phiti artwork...Impressive capture...Great!!
Thanks for posting such beautiful one!!
avene (12675) 2012-02-08 10:19
absolutely wonderful photo, Rosemary, both technically and content-wise. B&W was just the right choice to draw our attention to the contrast between carefree expressions of the kids, and old and wrinkled bark of the dead tree. I also love how the tree frames the children, as if trying to protect and shelter them. and I won't even start about the sad reality of white sands versus learning.
great shot, wish it was mine, goes straight to my favourites.
tusharkmandal (3171) 2012-02-08 11:01
Definitely a great post. I love those tones in monochrome. You have got a very rich result here. The expressions of the kids and the way you have composed is simply outstanding. The dead tree serves a very special background here.
papagolf21 (83436) 2012-02-08 11:30
Félicitations pour cette réussite photographique. La note d'accompagnement est fort bien décrite pour bien comprendre cette composition.
Les détails ressortent à merveille.
Une réussite !
ourania (27096) 2012-02-08 11:36
a wonderful picture, very well composed and framed. The children have lovely postures and the direct gazes of the older ones give intensity and hold our gaze back. I like the depth behind them and I think B&W is an excellent choice that elliminates distractions giving emphasis on the children and their expressions. Well done!
All the best,
annjackman (18143) 2012-02-08 12:49
I am surprised how well this works in b/w although the colour version must be super too. The clarity is first class. The stance of the girls is wonderful and framed very well by the weathered dead trees. The quality and composition are brilliant. A favourite for me. Great note as well.
ybx (251) 2012-02-08 13:40
Hello Rosemary, a great shot and interesting explanation, which must make us think about what are the important values in life.
This picture is fantastic and special, both technically and for the expressed sentiments.
siudzi (32641) 2012-02-08 13:44
A great post submitted with very interesting note. Beautifully taken image. A top quality. Thanks for sharing.
Yiannis84 (2824) 2012-02-08 13:51
Wonderful B&W shot of those lovely childrens..i love the concept and the execution of this image! your note is so intersting..very well done
LOOOK13 (19046) 2012-02-08 14:24
Wonderful shot with the black and white.
Splendid détails on this triple portrait.
tyro (18876) 2012-02-08 15:18
What beautiful children! And you have captured them perfectly!
I think black and white works extremely well here: it certainly brings out the children's features extremely well and also the roughness and ruggedness of the dead and fallen tree. The contrast between the subjects and the almost pure white sand and sky adds wonderful impact to the picture too. Perfect exposure, lovely contrasts and, as always, exquisite sharpness.
P.S. I note your concerns about these children's futures and I read with interest the link you gave at the bottom of your note. It is sad to think that these lovely children, happy as they are just now playing on the beach, will have to struggle and fight to scrape a living in the future.
prasun984 (5590) 2012-02-08 21:04
very nice triple portrait shot of this innocent children...like their different expression...like the textures of the dead tree...
very nice B/W shot with nice light management & sharpness...
SteveH (6191) 2012-02-08 23:12
Hi Rosemary, this is a great image. B&W treatment works well. the different facial expressions and postures are good and the tree provides an interesting feature. just great. cheers, steve
raphaelhcm (792) 2012-02-08 23:36
Superb photograph with really perfect exposure and light. The post processing is well managed and I love the range of tones present there. The looks of those children are emotional. Great shot!
wolf38 (30522) 2012-02-08 23:39
Hi Rosemary. I like the photo very much. It is first class. Black and white is a good choice. My compliments for this masterful shot. Rgds, Wolfgang.
sevy (15357) 2012-02-09 0:12
Usually I do not like so much kid shots on TE because often the quality is not there, only focusing on how cut are the kids. But here, I have to admit it is much more than only a kid shot.
First their attitude, then the composition playing well with it to give a dynamic shot and finally the good B&W conversion.
Really, a good picture.
Graal (95563) 2012-02-09 0:21
nice portraits of childrens. I like the contrst in B&W. Fine natural poses Your models. Photo I like.
Have a nice day.
jjcordier (73666) 2012-02-09 1:02
Superbe noir et blanc. Un très beau triple portrait de ces enfants adorables bien placés devant cet arbre mort très photogénique.
adores (34734) 2012-02-09 16:56
Great portrait for sure! I really like their poses and that dead tree makes a perfect and unusual background. Great in b&w!
i9l2y1m8a8t3 (4768) 2012-02-09 19:00
Wonderful story, excellent note! For people who've encountered the world outside they live in would think the way you think, but for them, I guess they look contented and happy, free from the world's pretentious and inevitable up and down cycle. But I guess at some point, some people should be the ones dreaming for and help them to see a different future that lies ahead.
The conversion to black and white is really nice, love the degree of whiteness of the sand creating a bright image with a radiant atmosphere. Excellent sharpness and clarity. A great post from Kenya! The faces of those kids are really pure and virginal, the essence is outstanding!
ChrisJ (94828) 2012-02-09 19:31
Good tonal range in this superb b&w image & I like how the baby is looking out of the frame compared with the direct eye contact of the other 2 children. Excellent sharpness & nice textural details in the dead tree. Tfs!
bayno (18342) 2012-02-09 23:14
Yesterday I lost a post and many comments made and received, I hope this goes through.
I am a lover of portraits and B & W and this is a fabulous mix of both, amazing sharpness and the tones are excellent, wonderful expressions and the context with this dry tree as a BG, love it....
My best regards, Valter
CLODO (29288) 2012-02-10 0:15
This is a good family portrait, very sharp and well transfered in B&W mood. I like the way they are posing under a dead tree in the sand beach. Delicate hues.
dkmurphys (46964) 2012-02-10 0:24
A perfect artistic composition. I love this scene, you sure have captured an impressive trio.
Well done, enjoy a fine day.
jimkil (1720) 2012-02-10 0:41
If I could do these scenes then BW would be my choice. The midtone ranges are superb with the right amount of B+W to give contrast. Beautiful expressions, great memories for you I suspect.
patdeph (35748) 2012-02-10 0:56
I will also try again to write my critique of yesterday.
I said that these 3 children were really lovely, each of them has a different expression, and I like their pose under this strange tree.Generally, I prefer color, but here, I don't know why, I find the B&W excellent.I like this picture so much that I add it in my theme.
Budapestman (82620) 2012-02-10 2:49
a beautiful photo of these lovely kids with very good note, a touching story with important quastion, the composition and realization are splendid, Tfs! Have a nice day! Kellemes napot kívánok!
PS. Thank you for your kind words to my photo....
Cricri (101805) 2012-02-10 4:14
Vraiment une belle scéne et image en N/B, j'aime l'expression différentes de ce petit trio contre l'arbre, bonne texture , détails et une très bonne note
timecapturer (45605) 2012-02-10 8:47
had to re-visit this wonderful shot as my comments yesterday disppeared and this is a beautiful image. I love the sharp detail and the expressions of the children just shine out at you. It is one of the best B&W images I have seen on this site and Rosemary you have executed and presented it magnificently.
Have a great weekend - Brian.
emka (73743) 2012-02-10 13:34
Your story and photo reminds me Burma. The kids are everywhere the same, they like playing and be happy. Even the small ones are already responsible for younger. Sad that they can't have proper basic education. beautiful triple portrait, amazing with the dead tree. Wonderful shot in b&w.
faubry (35405) 2012-02-10 15:36
Hello Rosemary, i like these children with diferents expressions, interesting note, i like bW choice, good light also
why not help some family for this big problem?
Give me a project and i look at it
read you soon
mvdisco (17670) 2012-02-11 12:53
Très jolie composition et présentation de cet énorme arbre sur la plage,
A very nice daiylife scene with those three childrens on the beach
Nice note of the sujet and details,
good contrast and light of this beautiful B & W picture.
RhodieIke (11512) 2012-02-11 23:11
Wow Rosemary, Love this, fantastic in B&W, the old knolled tree in the Bg, acts as a splendid backdrop to this gorgeous photo.They look happy and contented with their simple life, who has it right hey when we compare our youth of today? Pin-sharp,super Pov and well managed, Tfs, Trust you and your dearest are well, Cheers Iain.
Ps,-13c the other night, 2 inch snow last night on top of all ready 6 inch, Brrrr, send sunshine, my bro in Durb's basking in 36c.Not fair.
tatadalou (5641) 2012-02-12 11:47
As you marked in your note, access to education is unfortunately not evident everywhere, and this constitutes a real obstacle to development.
Anyway, very nice group portrait! Light and sharpness are perfectly managed. You're right, these dead trees form a beautiful backdrop.
williewhistler (12729) 2012-02-13 3:53
Hello Rosemary,this was one of the pics that lost my critique last week,I find the whole scene totally enthralling,a proper photo with so much charm,a very fine piece of work.
delpeoples (52729) 2012-02-13 23:35
Hi dear Rosemary
We don't often see portraits from you and this one is a hum-dinger. The B&W was a beautiful choice, the contrast and above all the light are amazing. Simply superb. Congratulations.
Have a great day
skippy007 (12510) 2012-02-15 3:36
A beautiful image Rosemary, technically perfect and content that I find moving and lovable, especially when coupled with your well written & interesting note, an excellent presentation. Love the different expression on the faces of these beautiful children, as though they all have a different story that they are eager to tell. Sincere compliments.
chanteuse (210) 2012-02-15 18:38
What a stunning photo, with their dresses and poses echoing the shapes and textures of the tree.
It is a sort of lyrical dance in black and white...
Sad to think of this wonderful energy with no direction or future. What is to be done?
Waylim (25160) 2012-02-16 22:12
Perhap it is one of your best shot. Though there are many good one lately from you. Anyway, people always say that black and white photo don't get much attention, well you prove them wrong. But it is really good for those who take the chance to open it is treated with such treasure photo.
You manage the light perfectly with so much clarity and sharpness. The expression on the children's face is just adorable and beautiful.
Thanks a congratulations, this is really to be proud of.
My sincere complements.
Noel_Byrne (21392) 2012-02-19 8:13
A stunning portrait of a world so very different, and the choice of B&W adds immensely. The dead trees are a wonderful subject and lend so much more impact to this picture of the children. Beautiful.
zanzi (13554) 2012-03-04 11:25
I great shot with these lovely children.
The b&w conversion is perfect.
PS: Teachers leave those kids alone !
Wanda1 (14978) 2012-03-23 0:31
Really an excellent trio portrait. I love that intense look and stance of the eldest, almost protective. The beautiful branches make a nice background aswell as a "frame" for them. Black and white was a great choice and brings out the textures and emotions. Simply lovely work!
adidas5nb (4498) 2012-07-28 22:19
well....nothing to say. just 1 word..
- Copyright: Rosemary Walden (SnapRJW) (29318)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Black & White
- Date Taken: 2012-01-25
- Categories: Daily Life, Decisive Moment
- Exposure: f/16, 1/125 seconds
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- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): mon hommage à l'Afrique, most expressive portraits, Your Favorites [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2012-02-08 8:57
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