I've just spent Saturday night and Easter Sunday at the home of one of the worker's from school.
Joesph lives, with his wife Grace & three of his children, in a displaced (euphamism for refugee) village some 47km from Khartoum. He owns a patch of sandy, dusty earth 20m x 10m. The buildings are mud brick strucures Joseph built himself 4 years ago. He used to get his eletricity from a neighbours generator but for the last few weeks it's been broken so it's lamplight at dinner. Water is brought in by a water donkey from the water tower.
It was a privilege to spend time with a family that make so much of so little. I've never been before but was welcomed with great warmth and dragged off to the parish church for the Easter service, where much to my surprise and embarassment (I'm an atheist) I was asked to give the blessing to the children. As a thank you I took some family pics which I'll print off and give to them next week.
This little chap lives over the wall. When he stuck his head over (at the perfect time of the day - light wise) I couldn't resist. Taking note of something said before on TE I zoomed out and stepped in to get as short as DOF as I could. Sadly the wall came out with the face - but I still really like the pic. And the smile was spontaneous - walking around the camp you don't see many sad faces - chastening really.
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veimann (1269) 2004-04-11 17:10
WOW! It is excellent! Completely charming child in a combination to a talented photo. An excellent composition. Very successful shot, bravo!
AdiAdar (2500) 2004-04-11 17:32
Wonderful combination between the colors that are brown structure of the mud, and the dark brown of the child face. Except for this, I loved the happiness of life in that boy's smile.
Riod (208) 2004-04-11 17:49
Beautiful shot.You have seen the face of God.
frankfort41 (0) 2004-04-11 18:47
Very good photo, and nice note. great sharpness and colors!
Curioso (9271) 2004-04-11 19:09
Don't be worry with the wall, it adds a nice framing to this great portrait. There is so much happiness here that's a great pleasure to look at your picture !
Great note too !!!
ianmcall (1213) 2004-04-11 19:58
You definitely want the wall details like this. The boy's smile is delightful, but the condition and material of the wall gives the setting for his life. This is a simple but charming composition. The only thing I'd change would have been a slight shift to the right so teh stick isn't coming out of his head.
scalerman (26900) 2004-04-12 13:00
Beautiful picture in every way. Subject and technically. Nice one...
- Copyright: tom gething (khawaaja) (1039)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2004-04-11
- Categories: Daily Life
- Camera: Nikon Coolpix 5700, Hoya UV
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): The Joys of Childhood [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2004-04-11 17:06