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    Default Habari - An African girl and her baby.



    It means "How are you?" in Kiswahili and that's what I said when I saw this young girl and her baby in a remote village of Kikwawila in Tanzania, East Africa. If you do a google on this place, all you get are malaria death statistics, health issues and geographical study information.

    I was there on a mission and some of these photos simply reminds me that there are much less fortunate people out there who may never get to enjoy technology the way we do. Life is short in these places but they make the best out of it.

    Some of these are visual journals to remember my experiences and also to share with all. So feel free to critique or share your thoughts here.

    Have a beautiful day everyone.
    Last edited by plunge; 8th May 2008 at 11:12 AM. Reason: Added a more descriptive title.

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    Coming from a place like SIN. it must had been an eye opener for you to see a stark contrast from all that home can offer and being a member of a mission, I'm sure you must be proud of your acheivements there.
    Case, in your write up, you had painted a place that is riddled with death and health issues aren't those that we are use to.
    But the pic you posted showed a pretty well nourished girl who is hardly suffering from the ravages of malaria or any health care issues. Quite an anti climax of what you had describe. I'm sure you must had other images that show the extend of the carnages of diseases over there.
    Coming back to the image. It is nicely expose and sharp. The eye contact with her helps to pull me into the scene and let my eyes roamed around the frame and exploring the conditions she is in.
    A couple of issues you might want to note. I would had prefer a eye level shot of her. This would had brought you down to her level and showed more of the surroundings. A landscape orientation would had allowed more of the baby to come into play and would had added nicely to what you want to portray. Thanks for sharing this one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bcool View Post
    Case, in your write up, you had painted a place that is riddled with death and health issues aren't those that we are use to.
    But the pic you posted showed a pretty well nourished girl who is hardly suffering from the ravages of malaria or any health care issues. Quite an anti climax of what you had describe. I'm sure you must had other images that show the extend of the carnages of diseases over there.
    Coming back to the image. It is nicely expose and sharp. The eye contact with her helps to pull me into the scene and let my eyes roamed around the frame and exploring the conditions she is in.
    A couple of issues you might want to note. I would had prefer a eye level shot of her. This would had brought you down to her level and showed more of the surroundings. A landscape orientation would had allowed more of the baby to come into play and would had added nicely to what you want to portray. Thanks for sharing this one.
    Hey thanks for the photo tips. Will keep em in mind.

    It is sad how we only help those who show much suffering (ie. famine in Ethiopia) but forget those who die from malaria and lack of medication. The people of Tanzania have food and water and most look as healthy as this young lady. I was not there to capture the sad images because they don't look sad when they see us. The kids jump and dance and sing for us. There are many kind of missions. Ours is not about famine because we are not from any organisation. It's just mother and I and we have a friend there who asked for help so we try our best. My mom taught them how to plant rice and grow veggies. Imagine for a second that Africa is larger than all of USA, Western Europe, China and India combined and we are only trying to help a small village through a friend. Transport is already a problem. We don't have helicopters like Nat Geo or Discovery. We can hardly move much. Help comes from us educating people in Singapore and this year, some friends may wish to fly with us there and see for themselves. Life is short in these places (life expectancy about 50 yrs old) and most of my images are of the happy moments. There are many dying, sick and homeless and we built homes to take them in and feed them. It's tough enough to try to use my camera there and it is dangerous sometimes. It is difficult to explain and I don't wish to here at Clubsnap.

    Thank you anyway for your suggestions and tips. Cheers.

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    That's a very noble thing you, your mum and friends are doing. I just wish that there are more people like you who are willing to take up challenges like this.
    I wish you the best in your endeavor.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bcool View Post
    That's a very noble thing you, your mum and friends are doing. I just wish that there are more people like you who are willing to take up challenges like this.
    I wish you the best in your endeavor.
    The situation presented itself so we got involved. Otherwise, there is absolutely no way, and it is nearly impossible to go where we went. The place does not even exist on the map yet.

    Anyway thanks for all your kind comments. But I was hoping for more criticism on the photo too.

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    yeah it was capture quite sharp enough..but will it better if the background blur a bit?

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