Gaze of Innocence

Posted by: Shutterbug

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Saw this basket in shade with a baby at Koteshor, Kathmandu one summer day while her mother was busy cutting grass (fodder) nearby road. Baby’s sparkling eyes and innocence gaze kept me wondering for long about his ordinary story amidst all those glitz and glamour of Kathmandu Metropolitan.

Lucky me to have a pair of photographer’s eye that enable me to see extraordinary in ordinary.

Gaze of Innocence was last modified: May 4th, 2008 by Shutterbug
 

Blog Comments

  1. Shutterbug

    Yes ‘a bit skeptical’ I didn’t approach this child having all these thoughts in my mind. In Photojournalism are trained to shoot first and think later and it’s a secret recipe for any successful photojournalist. Being able to capture decisive moments in time as things get unfold. And you know this journalistic instinct that we have is what matters the most. We know by our instinct, what to include what not to within the frame while we see the world through viewfinder.

    I do agree with mILAN for his views on individual interpretation of pictures. Person’s nature, culture and social background, certainly influence the way they perceive pictures. Sometime technical facet of picture is not very important but the subject and its story. Especially in photojournalism where we (Photojournalist) are committed to inform people the TRUTH.
    I do welcome people interpretation and yes let’s not consider these comments as criticism.

    mILAN! You must be a loving father who knows how to read children’s eyes. :smile:

  2. mILAN

    It’s always easy to criticize others work. Everybody has it’s own interpretation when it comes to photography. Photographer has his/her own view of interpreting the picture while viewer may take it otherwise.

    I think every photographer has it’s own domain, for instance, sports, nature, portrait etc. Even a professional sports photographer could overlook many things while taking landscape pictures even considering technical things like, shutter speed, aparture setting etc.

    Sometimes it is better to see the picture without getting into technical detail, just like this picture by Shutterbug. See the child inside basket. See it’s eye for few minutes and find what they are saying. For me, whenever there is child in the picture, nothing can distract. May be its just my feeling because I am a father. :-)

  3. a bit skeptical

    “Abishesh! A big round of applauses for your keen observation. Very glad that you’ve raised such a good question. Thank you.

    Very true! I do have reasons to include all those elements within the frame. Purple shawl proves this baby is attending by his mother. If it wasn’t there, viewers can’t be sure who is attending him, mother or father? So including this piece of cloth (purple shawl) viewer can authenticate the description of this picture.

    Over-exposed region signify the Sun and the shadow, otherwise how can you be so sure of, whether the baby is in shade or not. Check the angle of shadow for an idea of midday Sun. If I haven’t included this over-exposed region, viewers could get skeptical that this picture might have taken on an overcast day, not a summer day. That’s why it is my intentional choice.

    Did you notice the sickle at lower right of the picture? This is intended too to tell the story of his mother who is cutting grass nearby. And yellow shutter-door at the top denotes an urban area (city).

    Now after reading my thoughts, I hope you won’t feel those elements are distracting viewers from its main subject ‘Child’.

    Many thank you for the comment

    Shutterbug, I don’t believe you had all these things in your mind when you did this picture. :P

  4. Shutterbug

    DreamSky! It’s always fun to read your perception and now surprised to know how sentimental person you are. Well coincidence of this baby pointing his fist toward the camera is pretty remarkable gesture and many thoughts rumbled in my mind too later when I checked the picture in my PC back home. In the end, I took this gesture to believe how hopeful and strong he is for good future ahead.

    ‘Women and Children’ is my beat in photography and I have a greater knack in Child photography. I am fond of children and I never let go any opportunity to click children’s pictures in every photo-assignment I pursue. I have lots of pictures which tell touchy stories of children. If time favors I will post some of them here in EU.

    Abishesh! A big round of applauses for your keen observation. Very glad that you’ve raised such a good question. Thank you.

    Very true! I do have reasons to include all those elements within the frame. Purple shawl proves this baby is attending by his mother. If it wasn’t there, viewers can’t be sure who is attending him, mother or father? So including this piece of cloth (purple shawl) viewer can authenticate the description of this picture.

    Over-exposed region signify the Sun and the shadow, otherwise how can you be so sure of, whether the baby is in shade or not. Check the angle of shadow for an idea of midday Sun. If I haven’t included this over-exposed region, viewers could get skeptical that this picture might have taken on an overcast day, not a summer day. That’s why it is my intentional choice.

    Did you notice the sickle at lower right of the picture? This is intended too to tell the story of his mother who is cutting grass nearby. And yellow shutter-door at the top denotes an urban area (city).

    Now after reading my thoughts, I hope you won’t feel those elements are distracting viewers from its main subject ‘Child’.

    Many thank you for the comment

  5. Abishesh

    I understand the child is the main subject but the purlpe shawl and the over-exposed region on the bottom right are very distracting..esp the over-exposed region. You should have given some thought about framing it right.

  6. DreamSky

    It seems the child wants freedom and way out from that basket prison. Look at his/her hand .. hand of future Prachanda. :lol:

    Shutterbug, it seems child is your fav subject for your photographic composition. You may not believe but some of the AirTel ads made me literally cry. Liked your choice … keep it up.

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