Thursday, August 12, 2010

homELearning Activity 2 (S104: 03 Serene Fong)

The focus of this image is a mother with her children. The photographer has made sure to  show their facial expression. They are sitting down and chatting happily with one another. The youngest child is sitting in a hammock. They do not seem well-off as they are seated on the ground with no shoes and two boys are not wearing a shirt. There are two of them sleeping on the hard ground. Their father is no where to be seen in the picture so I assume that he is working to earn money and feed the family. Despite their poverty, they seem to be very happy and make the best out of situation. The photographer is most probably trying to tell us how fortunate we are to have a comfortable bed to sleep in, that we have parents who care about us and so on. We have to learn to appreciate the things that we have. I like that the image shows a ordinary scenario in an extraordinary way. A family chatting together is an ordinary thing to do for us but it is the story behind it and the details which make it extraordinary. If I were the photographer, I would have stepped back a little and changed the angle such that the mother's back would not be cut. 

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