This is Maryanne. During my recent weekend in Manila, I came across her while she was on an outing with a number of other orphans. All the orphaned kids were wearing similar t-shirts, so I assume the Salvation Army sponsored the orphanage where Maryanne and the others live. She was such a quite, calm girl, with those wonderful eyes, I do hope her life can take a turn for the better.
I have also uploaded a monotone version of the shot as a workshop, which at least for me brings out slightly different feelings.
Critiques | Translate
Porteplume (3414) 2003-12-06 7:32
I like both the executions, in colours and in B&W. Because the eyes are most important element in both versions.
I like the tight framing, it gives us the possibility to be even closer to her.
Great sharp portrait Darren!
PS: I think she earns to be on my "Regards" Theme...
amen (590) 2003-12-06 7:49
Pretty Maryanne in a very good plan.
quegardens (1469) 2003-12-06 7:52
In viewing this picture one can't help but wonder what will become of this young orphan as she moves on in life.Will she be lucky enough to forge on with the same zest coming from her eyes...or will she fall victim to influences of ill repute.The fact that you titled this photo with her name makes such concern all the more real.As a TrekEarth contribution,this certainly points to a global issue of orphan children around the world.Well done Darren.
Perhaps someday she will be benefit from a stroke of luck like THIS orphan from Shanghai who was abandoned by her drunken and gambling parents.
Rockyboy (20598) 2003-12-06 7:55
This pic is a very good illustration of Maxime Leforestier's song "Né quelque part". Here is a part of the text in french.
"On choisit pas ses parents
On choisit pas sa famille
On choisit pas non plus
Les trottoirs de Manille
De Paris ou d'Alger
Pour apprendre à marcher
Être né quelque part
Être né quelque part
Pour celui qui est né
C'est toujours un hasard"
Very nice shot!
maciekda (19895) 2003-12-06 8:20
I like this picture, I like the tight framing you used, DOF and focusing are very good, the pose of the girl is nice, B&W version is interesting too - very different mood, it is a nice shot.
dsidwell (9783) 2003-12-08 18:46
Sharp, bright, clear, lollipop, expression--this is good photography! I like B/W as much as the next guy, but color really seems to suit this gal.
philip_coggan (11) 2003-12-27 2:57
Yep, there's the makings of a good photojournalism shot here. The eyes, the lollipop, the look... the woman within the child... (Needs to be sharper. Why isn't it?)
steeve (1497) 2004-01-13 18:59
Nice portrait. I like the way that you managed to leave room on her right. The pic is a bit overexposed and the colors are soft. Good journalistic pic and I appreciated the note. I think that I prefer your workshop version.
touristdidi (8583) 2004-03-31 10:31
She looks at least to receive the basic needs of fod and clothes...... but love, I think is not supplied in orphanages....
RegisMinot (1543) 2004-12-05 1:21
The girl has a very deep and intense look. The light is just clear enough to enlight the face but not drawing strong shadows and the background is blurred as one would expect for a portrait. Excellent portrait !
- Copyright: Darren Melrose (Darren) (6823)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2003-11-23
- Categories: Daily Life
- Camera: Pentax Z-1, Sigma EX 28mm f/1.8, Fuji Provia 100F
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Theme(s): Regards d'Enfants du Monde, Red... the color of passion ... Part III, Faces of Asia [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2003-12-06 7:06