Not an artistic composition, just a snapshot of four children crossing a street in Kabul on a sunny day in early May 1973.
Whatever happened to these children, considering the terrible years that lay ahead for their country? If they are still alive, they should be in their forties by now. Did they manage to escape the wars, have they been able to enjoy a reasonably good life? Maybe silly and sentimental questions, but questions that always arise when I watch this and other pictures of Afghan children from this time.
Scanned from a Kodachrome slide.
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brandstaetter (15915) 2007-12-15 2:57
it´s more than a snapshot, I can see four wonderful portraits. The bright background is perfect for enhancing the importancy of the persons.
Only thing that´s not so good is that you cut off the feet of one girl.
Cheers, compliments, Christian
saxo042 (35146) 2007-12-15 6:10
Four very pretty children and they seem to be dressed in just those type of clothes we could see in an earlier photo. At a first glance it looked like they were walking in snow... But the children are perfectly exposed.
jlbrthnn (79791) 2007-12-15 10:48
It is a beautiful image whose colors are put forward by the white zone. One can indeed put questions about what was the life of these children after May 1973. They grew and in any event are victims. Beautiful image carried out well.
Have a nice evening
skoogmi (39) 2007-12-15 15:29
Den här bilden får en verkligen att fundera, vad hände med dessa barn; se på uttrycken hos flickorna längst till höger resp. till vänster, porträtt av den här kalibern tas inte varje dag!
vasariste (981) 2007-12-17 6:44
Very good portraits! Good shot! Every face tell something.
Glint (5965) 2007-12-25 3:58
a delightful picture full of wonderful colour and life, tinged with sadness because of the intervening years.Not silly questions or even sentimental, but sensitive and sadly necessary. Quite recently I came across a picture of Steve McCurry's Afghani girl, not the original but one of her as a women. She looked so old and care worn, and there was an emptyness in her eyes I am sad to say.
daddo (21228) 2008-01-04 14:24
Hi Gert. You were fortunate to see this part of the world in its happier days. I suppose you have read Hosseini's The Kite Runner, which covers the last few decades. It is a sad shot, for as you say, who knows how much they suffered at the hands of all the crazies that used the people as fodder for their ideologies.Regards. Klaudio.
fanni (14178) 2009-01-19 15:38
I thought I had commented on this photo (I remember looking through almost the whole of your photogallery some time ago)!
Very nice children! Such snapshots are often one of the best, capturing a precious moment.
These kids wearing bright clothes look so strange against the bright white background... as if a blinding powerful light is shining upon them.
I noticed one of the girls "in motion" - she seems to be doing something with her scarf.
Well.. concerning your note... how often there are unanswerable questions!:(
photographydoc (92) 2012-03-22 1:45
hello Gert, beautiful kids their clothing are so beautiful and traditional, cute kids.
This made me think when you took this many years ago (way before i was born lol) 1973 a peaceful time before the soviet and Taliban wars makes me wonder too what future lies ahead of them and what life is like for them now in the worn torn country, do they have families of their own now? or did the fate of the war took them away..
This is a very strong image today makes you wonder what happened to these children over the years and living through the horrible fate of the wars in the near future for them. I hope they are safe and still alive.
Your collection of images from Afghanistan was at that time peaceful the country looked peaceful when i was viewing your photos. It makes me really think the terrible road ahead of them that has destroyed the country by the wars. I hope in the future the country will become peaceful yet again.
your images are truly memorable.
kato (10547) 2013-05-12 22:54
This is so lovely and cute photograph, so it's interesting and impressive to see three girls wearing traditional clothes and scarf, and a boy. Their look like pure and innocent. It's impressive that the right end girl of having joined the younger boy's hands, too. Confusion of a country leaves a deep crack to the weak person of the position of a child or a woman. I also wish from the bottom of my heart they have grown to be a splendid adult. Well composed and excellent tone/clarity. And, the shadow projected to the ground draws out a good effect.
KristinsCamera (2371) 2013-08-23 21:09
They would be in their forties now... what an incredible thought as i look at these four, with that terrible prescience of knowing what lies ahead in their lives.
Did they manage to escape the wars ~ we have wondered that about many people in your photographs from all over the world, most recently the ones from Syria...
These are not silly and sentimental questions, I sometimes wonder the same thing for my own children and their children, if they have them.
These kids seem to be well dressed and cared for, I hope their parents got them out of harm's way in time. Who knows, perhaps one of them has become a photographer and will eventually join TE and see this photograph. Then she (or he) can tell you their stories.
Beautiful and poignant, thanks for posting ~
- Copyright: Gert Holmertz (holmertz) (33461)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 1973-05-00
- Categories: Daily Life
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Kids from the World Part II [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2007-12-15 0:34
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