The happiness without ID (Reposted)
It's difficult for me to chose a title for this picture taken while I was trekking by the elementary school of Lao Chai Tribe, some 15 km away from Sa Pa Town. As you see: the school students were having fun during their recess. These children belong to H’mong minority tribes who don’t have an ID or birth certificate. Their lives are cemented to farm, to forest, to rice or timber. They transport on their own feet and live in the darkness. Coming to their houses, you would conclude they are lack of basic condition of human life. Only a small percentage of them who has the opportunity to sit in a classroom or to ride a vehicle. Radio, TV, microwave, oven, newspaper, cellular phone, doctor, hospital or theater are something as abstract as satellite or laser guided weapons to them…
Having less necessity, they don’t have to race toward convenience and luxury as in an industrial and civilized world. They don’t worry about bills, debts, housing, car and insurance. Maybe the absence of such anxieties gives them longer life, and happier laughs. Maybe the secret and philosophy of a happy life has been destroyed by ourselves.
Looking at them, I just don’t know what makes them that much happy — The happiness without ID.
Whether they are to be sorry or to be admired, let them having fun! Please share with them, the joy from simple life.
Recently, my computer was down and photo has been processed over a borrowed one that I failed to judge the proper contrast and colors' brightness. Also, my eye-disease has fooled me with a bad vision.
This repost is my way to sincerely tell you how I yield to reason once you helped me to detect my errors or weakness. By eliminating or destroying the proud, I hope I would be better. Thanks.
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Furachan (0) 2005-09-15 5:57
Stunning title, Thanh, absolutely right on, accurate, truthful, painful. I've been out that way, seen the same kids probably...
And that is the setup for this wonderful picture which shows these indentured children (not to say farm slaves...) still being kids, revolving in a mad dance of their own making, happy, happy...going nowhere.
I am intensely moved by this photo which goes beyond photography.
That is crystal clear.
flydragon (0) 2005-09-15 6:04
mmm this is a lovely scene
the kind and scene i like to watch and
this is so positive and cute
thx for this shot ;o)
make my day
TRASH (0) 2005-09-15 17:11
Your touchful note kept me thinking for awhile, about the situation of our people in an area I could not imagine... Regarding the photo, I believe you have caught the joy of life burning out of these cute children, even under their unlucky fate.
fireflyz (2097) 2005-09-15 18:33
I remember this one. Yes, it is a wonderful photo and note you are providing us. It must be some sort of telepathy because today I posted a photo and talked about the same thing basically. I think many of our so called luxury actually add to our anxiety and increases our expectations so we need more to be happy. The photo is actually for me is one of your best posts and added to my favorites. Thank you for making us think and sharing this lovely moment through your eyes.
PSYOPS (0) 2005-09-15 20:18
Thank you for the courage of reposting it.
Many friends of ours here are afraid of reposting because they are professional who have so many flawless artwork to show off in every 24-hour period. I am glad that you kept your promise to come back and to confess that you wish to eliminate your proud. Not that easy, my friend: Doestoievsky's worst fear is his proud-as-a-peacock. But don't give up!
lukuna (278) 2005-09-16 3:44
Initially, I would say that the title was quite political-biased but the note fully explain what you have in mind! And I do agree with what you said! Great photo! I wonder if you did other more detailed photoes (like smiling faces) to the kids in the circle...
PeterDF (405) 2005-11-22 22:51
Well, I thought this photo was fantastic the first time I saw it, but with your work on the photo from that time, it is even more pleasing! Really an excellent photo and capture of these wonderful faces and expressions.
hnguyen3k (0) 2006-03-09 23:47
In response to your note. I think it depends on your idea of a "happy life."
Yes, their life is simple and carefree. The only things they have to worry about is a roof over their head and food in their stomach.
They don't have debts, or bills, or insurance to worry about. But at the same time, they don't have the luxury of a house or a car and all the things that money can buy.
There are pros and cons on both sides. In the end, it's whatever makes you happy.
nicol_g (855) 2006-08-25 14:54
Touch my heart!
I would comment more but I don't want to "disturb" such a happiness! Besides, your note is excellent!
I put this image into my favourites... just not to forget how pure happiness looks like!
That will be my "ray of light"!
- Copyright: Ngy Thanh (ngythanh) (8522)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2005-02-25
- Categories: Daily Life
- Camera: Canon EOS 10D, Canon EF 24-70mm L, RAW @ ISO 100
- Exposure: f/8, 1/125 seconds
- Details: Tripod: Yes
- Photo Version: Final Version, Original Version
- Theme(s): My SAPA Collection /1/ [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2005-09-15 5:43
- Favorites: 2 [view]