In Pakistan, along with many other "developing" parts of the world, children seem to grow up and take responsibility at a far younger age than in the west. It is very common to see young girls taking care of their younger brothers and sisters. Boys of the same age are often helping their fathers in the fields.
Of course this fast path to adulthood comes at a price. Many children have little education and are stuck in the roles they learn as a child. The girl becomes a mother with no chance of career, the boy eventually takes over his father's business.
Somewhere there is a balance. On one hand children must learn about life and responsibility, but on the other hand must be protected enough from these to be able to develop and grow. Maybe no society yet has the right answer.
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jojay (28) 2005-09-08 14:21
Nice composition, did you have any difficulties taking close-up and personal photo's like this one, in pakistan or do you know the subjects ?
Cormac (26563) 2005-09-08 14:30
Hi Jonathan - welcome back. Great shot of this girl and the baby. Usually I prefer no flash, but the most important thing in people shots is the expression, and that you have. Excellent work!
jhm (141107) 2005-09-09 5:53
A total other image than your night pictures, but absolutely beautiful, very sharp and clear, the smile of the mother, and the weep of the small child make you picture so wonderful.
Thanks for visit Jonathan.
Have a nice weekend,
weswang (18223) 2005-09-09 10:44
Hi Jonathan, You have raised a heavy social issue here. Hope there is a good solution to it.
A nice capture of the happy but struggling mother. It looks that she was sweating while raising her baby. It is a little surprised to see the baby was tired looking :D. Nice contrast and great details.
ahmet54 (3087) 2005-09-09 14:29
nice portrait of those two children. Colourful and sharp. The background is blurred as it should be.
Thanks for sharing it.
Roland alias ahmet54
john_c (24662) 2005-09-09 16:34
A good composition, rendered with superb colour, clarity, and contrast. The note is also excellent and matches the photo ideally. The portrait format of course works here and I like your masterly framing and cropping to maximize the impact of the shot. Great work.
fireflyz (2097) 2005-09-29 15:49
A beautiful picture captured with a very nice exposure. I also like your note as well..
Having lived my life almost equally in East and West, I find certain aspect of each better than the other one. This is one of the things I like about the East; teaching kids about responsibility and caring for others early on in life. The kids usually grow up to be less selfish and self-centered. I've seen many families in the East (well, in Iran) which have found that balance you mentioned in your note, however; they may not be easily exposed to tourists since they are almost always from the middle and upper class of the society.
Thanks for sharing your capture and your views Jonathan!
- Copyright: Jonathan Wilson (jbweasle) (9373)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2005-08-15
- Categories: Daily Life
- Camera: Nikon D70, 18-70 1:3.5-4.5 DX
- Exposure: f/4.2, 1/200 seconds
- Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Travelogue: Afghanistan and Pakistan
- Date Submitted: 2005-09-08 14:07