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Hi everyone,

Among so many pictures I took in Asia, there are a few which I've looked and stared at for a very long time, and this is one of them.
Something about her eyes. She seemed much more mature due to the hard life she has had, and the way she looks at me in this photo sends me through deep thoughts. Although it was late last night, I decided to write those thoughts down and share them with you. This is just a window to my thoughts I'm opening for you. You don't have to agree and I understand if it sounds non-sense to some people but I just had to share it for what it's worth;

Who Do You See?

As I'm writing this, her eyes are hunting my soul through the monitor. Her unspoken words and questions hammering my head;
Why?
What have I done to be condemned to such a misery?
What are you doing here? Why are you taking our pictures? Why "You" get to live in your fancy home with your fancy things? I maybe very young but I've had my share of pain. I've suffered many days and cried many nights with no one to wipe away my tears. We have no food or money. I'm here to find my next meal or maybe a piece of cloth that may fit my fragile body in the spring of my life. Look around you! Do these look like flowers to you? Is this what springs are made of? Take a deep breath! Yes, fill your lungs with these toxins and fowl odors. I've been doing it all the time in my daily existence.

You!.. with your reflections in my eyes. Tell me what do you see? Who do you see in my eyes? Do you want me to tell you who he is?.. and what he represents to me?

He is the mankind who failed me. The one with so much wealth and resources, spending billions on arms and interest for other planets, never asks himself why there should be any poor people like me at all? Why so much money has to be spent on unnecessary bombs and wars while millions like me go to bed hungry and sick? He is the mankind who never cared to liberate me! You see? There is no money in liberating me.. I'm not even sure the kind people and organizations helping us with small amount of food and material support are doing it for us or just making themselves good about themselves. To satisfy the need everyone has to feel good about themselves? You see? You don't genuinely care for me! You must liberate yourself before you can liberate me..

Go on! Take your pictures and get out of this hell hole as soon as you can. Get back to your comfortable life and brag about how well these photos came out! How many points will you get for them? Wow a real hero!.. Go on! put our misery on display for the whole world to see. But when you are back home sleeping in your clean sheets and comfortable bed, REMEMBER, we'll still be here! millions like me will still be around sleeping on cardboards and no cover in cold nights.. because you failed us!.. and that's who I see!

Philip, kensimage, t0mmm1, TRASH, Quentin, Gregtom, nicol_g has marked this note useful

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