I was recently invited to photograph learners from all over the world who competed in a debate in Cape Town recently. Apart from finding the debating process interesting, I found myself actively listening every now and again as the day progressed forgetting that I am actually there to photograph students. Some background;
The South African Model UN (SAMUN) is a debating conference which is based on the principles and format of a UN General Assembly debate, with a focus on the United Nations, international relations and human rights issues.
Each South African team is made up of four high school learners (students), two from a resourced school and two from an under-resourced school (this is not a prerequisite for international teams the four pupils may come from one school). To create an authentic sense of the United Nations General Assembly, each team is allocated a country to represent in the debates. Participants have to familiarise themselves with the cultural practices, as well as with the social, economic and political policies of the country they represent. Through research and reading, each team is expected to convincingly adopt their country's stance on the issues that are put forward and debated, and will be expected to adhere to their government's policy while putting personal feelings aside.
In essence, the debates are an exercise in developing communication skills such as:
The written preparation of arguments;
The reaching of a working compromise; and if selected to represent South Africa at the international Conference.
These skills are essential for the world of work and an understanding of international politics and South Africa's place as a global player. It is thus true to say that the South African Model UN is helping South Africa create future leaders.
Well if that is not a mouthful! Anyway the conference in itself was truly interesting also from a photographic pov as well as meeting some students with a very high IQ level:)
I have also posted some images taken from wider angles in the w/s.
Shutter 1/60 @ F/5, Focal 110mm, ISO 800,
Your views appreciated Tkx.
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markstaples (15670) 2007-10-29 8:36
I think that this is well framed and I like the soft focus background. However, please do not be offended, but I believe that the person in the image should really be in better focus rather than the flag on the left. Hope you are well.
Wandering_Dan (3449) 2007-10-29 9:15
Hi, Lynette -
It must have been a fascinating assignment, and you wrote a very interesting note. But I problems with the photo itself. As Mark said, the girl is out of focus, and I also wish she had been placed closer to the center. Also, the diagonals don't work for me in this case; they give me the sense that the picture has been tilted to the lower right. Do you see what I mean? I hope you don't mind my pointing this out.
AiresSantos (56155) 2007-10-30 0:27
Nice capture of the boy in the event. I like your point of view and how you framed it. The focus could be better but it's nice.
TFS and have a nice day
- Copyright: Lynette Graham (Lynette) (1615)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2007-10-13
- Categories: Daily Life
- Camera: Canon EOS 400D, EF-S 18-55mm, Hoya 58mm UV
- Exposure: f/5.0, 1/60 seconds
- Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Date Submitted: 2007-10-29 8:25