Its time to plant the rice -- traditionally womens work. Gender roles in both farming and household activities--- Men are primarily responsible for clearing and burning swidden fields, although women may assist in clearing the smaller brush. Women plant the young rice. Both sexes weed the fields, but the women are primarily responsible for this time- consuming task. Harvest is a joint activity. In the house, women cook, care for children, husk rice, cut firewood, and haul water. Women also gather roots, shoots, and other wild vegetative products. Men weave baskets, repair farm tools, and hunt small game. Men are also more likely than women to manage household finances and engage in trade, typically selling livestock and collected forest products or scrap metal from the war in exchange for rice. During the planting season men stay in the village to look after the young children and babies. The younger of which are still breastfed and have to taken at regular intervals to the fields and their mothers for feeding, hence a constant stream of dads with babies walking over the paddy dijks.
The WS shows the women.
Tech: SLR slide film scanned and cropped. It is a bit dark but I didnt want to change it.
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Paker (2650) 2005-03-15 14:29
I actually like the lighting here although many may say that it is too dark. I would just wish a small patch of light on the face as it is completely dark. Overall, I really like the fact that it is THE MAN this time holding a baby. Unique, different... congratulations.
mitternacht (1839) 2005-03-15 14:34
Thanks for all the information, sounds like the men get all the fun stuff as usual. Must be odd to see all the men walking to the fields with babies though.
I like the mixed light on the man and baby. I also like his proud face. The fields in the background provide a connection to your story.
Have a nice day,
AmiBe (6042) 2005-03-15 14:46
Nice picture, a bit dark but it's ok.
The DOF is really good.
The dad seems to be very proud of his child.
eleparc (24063) 2005-03-15 15:48
very tender shot elaine, although a bit dark since your subjects fade away in the shadow...a very tender and intimate shot
kdien (9363) 2005-03-15 16:04
The splendid painting of paternal love, beautifully showed. I congratulate
rbcy1974 (20758) 2005-03-15 16:27
Hi Elaine, Beautiful picture of a tender moment. I agree it is a bit dark in the man's face but I do like the strenght of the colour throughout the picture.
summersun (4978) 2005-03-15 17:01
not the best light for a shot, but it's a very good capture anyway. I love the way this man is staring at the child. very sweet image. thanks.
Rinie_Hoff (9340) 2005-03-15 17:10
Lovely picture, Elaine, and a very good and an informative note. Would have been a good note for March 8, International women's day. ;-)
He's got a loving smile when looking at the baby, always good for a touching picture!
I was indeed thinking of making it a bit lighter, when I saw it, but reading your note, i gave up.
Very nice one!
olopez (4959) 2005-03-15 18:47
Very tender moment well capturated in a hard light condition.
flydragon (0) 2005-03-16 7:24
Elaine a lovely picture
not usual to see a man with a baby ;o)
a verry sensitiv picture.
i am just sad about the face from the father
i would love have some light on his face also.
but a beautifull one
also a interresting note :o)
sorry green later
manny (21833) 2005-03-16 10:36
Very nice colors, very nice composition...in other words, Elaine, this is very good. I like the tenderness shown between the two of them.
jrj (34843) 2005-03-16 12:25
Wonderful shot Elaine. The father and child is excellent presented standing in the sun splattered shadow. Tight well made compo, lovely light and colours.
faubry (35447) 2005-05-29 9:32
i like the shot where parents are seeing their child!! thanks, very nice portrait, a little too dark, but beautiful colors
lewiz (1297) 2005-10-06 12:20
Great light here which helps what looks like a wonderful moment between father and son.
oochappan (16173) 2006-05-11 11:03
I missed this one and I like the darker setting for the intime feel here. Pleasant to see that tasks are are shared by the husband.
- Copyright: Elaine springford (everlasting) (15238)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2003-07-00
- Categories: Daily Life
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Theme(s): BabyWearing, Traditional life [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2005-03-15 14:27