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Discussion in 'Street, Documentary, and Portrait' started by bitmatt, Aug 18, 2012.
My niece has had a harder life than most. Tough & smart though- she'll be fine.
My niece just broke her arm tonight!
- Eliot@Austin, TX
If you are able to do so, tell us about her life. It will make the image that much more interesting. Otherwise, she just looks like normal, healthy, well-rounded pre-teenager. I do see some depth in her eyes; one that ordinarily is not seen until a few years older.
The image has good bokeh. Colors and perspective are fine. Thanks for sharing.
Not my place to tell these stories; but you're right- those are not the eyes of a nine-year-old. Sorry to be so vague about that, but I would not feel right about sharing more details in such a public forum.
That is perfectly understandable. Apologies if I intruded.
Not at all! It was a perfectly reasonable question. In truth I feel weird about posting this thread. It is a nice picture that I felt like sharing, but I thought it needed some explanation as to her serious expression. This is her usual reaction when she knows a camera is pointed at her.
Hmm your niece's expression makes me feel a bit of ...cognitive dissonance? I, too, feel there is a maturity in her features that isn't typical of a girl her age.
Nonetheless, I am rooting for her!
Without denying the hard realities of human suffering, I just want to share that I've met many people with terrible, terrible stories to tell who claimed their lives and lived them fully. The resiliency of the human spirit is amazing. Those of us who are not as tough can only be humbled and grateful for the lessons in endurance they teach us.
Of course an uncle who makes you look good is a nice asset.
Thanks for sharing, Matt. Though I don't know her situation, there are too many kids that have to grow up too fast these days. Wish I could do something for each of them.
What lens? Looks like the PL25, or a legacy 35, but not sure.
+ 1 - well said. Her eyes are absolutely haunting. It would be interesting to see a tight crop that only featured her. The stance of the girls on the right adds a particular dimension to the photo - they almost appear confrontational.
Often what we see in anothers eyes is a reflection of that deep within ourselves.
I do agree. Very nice but a bit too "mature" looking, especially those eyes...
I hope her hardships are over and she can still enjoy the rest of a normal and happy childhood. Being a mom, the mere idea of a child in distress makes me cringe.
She's a beautiful young lady, I hope she keeps some softness inside her soul and doesn't harden too much.
True - and what we perceive in a photo is equally a reflection of our own experience. We never come to an image as a blank canvas, what we take away is colored by who we are.
Thanks for all the thoughtful responses everyone! This really is a pretty great forum.
And to heedpantsnow- 45mm Olympus 1.8.