July 7, 2006

the age of innocence...


...is compromised when a little child is made to follow in the steps of her parents piety. I believe the head-scarf is the choice of an individual. A child should be left to be a child. I know religion, especially with the Muslims here in KL, is a sticky subject. Being Muslim myself, it saddens me how such a theoretically beautiful faith, can be manipulated. I'll just leave it at that. This is a photoblog, not a soapbox of my beliefs. I'm sure all this little girl wanted to do was run and play with the other children but being hindered by the constraints of the cloth, she stood by her parents.

This is my first attempt at black and white.

31 Comments:

Blogger ~tanty~ said...

I agree with you. A child should be live as a child. When they grown up it's up to them to choose their own way of life. As a mother my duty is to teach my children about the faith and to do the right things. Nice photo anyway, the girl is sweet.

2:42 PM  
Blogger midnitebara said...

it says a lot, this photo.
great that you caught her glancing back!

great shot for a first timer and you choosed the right subject. People are great in b&w.

4:42 PM  
Blogger Jazzy said...

Great photo, but I am all with you on the subject. Great choice for black and white.
Ciao

4:58 PM  
Blogger Rajesh Dangi said...

so sweet, the emotions on her face are well captured...

5:13 PM  
Blogger Lisi said...

good job Ed, her little face seems to be just floating out from the head scarf.

6:00 PM  
Blogger Kala said...

This grey scale really brings the contours of her face out - very cool!

6:04 PM  
Anonymous Bahr said...

Salaam
I think a child should be introduced to belief at early age. Pray with the parents and told about God. This will influence a child in a positive way. There are a world full of influences that as a parent one can not control, so we can tell the child about God and our duty to Him.
If you leave it until a child is 14-18 other influences may rule him or her.
This is important and sadly some parents dont do their duty as an example for their children. Remember we are not only judged by our own action but also our children.

6:20 PM  
Blogger Nuno said...

This photo is just perfect, saves a thousand words.

7:23 PM  
Blogger Neorelix said...

Another excellent capture. She looks winsome and wilful - you can see the frustration! Lovely.

8:09 PM  
Blogger Kate said...

To me, it matters not what she is thinking (How could any of us know?);you have captured her beauty.

8:31 PM  
Blogger Mark said...

5 star, best DP photo of the week:)

9:04 PM  
Anonymous anne said...

Great shot Edwin...and the commentary is perfect. Agree with you 100%...but different cultures...different principles...we just have to live with that :)

9:41 PM  
Blogger Lucy said...

She is just the essence of sweetness and innocence. I agree with you, but I think children, even older ones, everywhere are often much less free in many ways than adults, that is why we often want to grow up much faster and rush it along as fast as they can. Some cultures are much more demanding on the individual than others though, but because circumstances dictate those we are born into it seems we are always adjusting to time and place more often than the other way around...it's a dilemma...

12:07 AM  
Blogger edwin s said...

thank you all for your comments.

my late father taught us (my siblings and me) the beauty of the religion. with it, the responsibilties of living life as just as we can. all he expected of us was to be responsible adults. he believed his teachings were only the foundation of what we held in our hands.

I was taught that the donning of the head scarf was the choice of a woman who had reached puberty/maturity. that's why when I see a little girl like this, i wonder how religion is 'taught' and then my mind starts to wander...

yes, different times, different principles, different fears and worries.

thank you again ;)

1:35 AM  
Blogger twistedzero said...

Hi edwin, great picture!

2:06 AM  
Blogger edwin s said...

Hi Raymond! Another graveyard shift?

2:12 AM  
Blogger Juggerpix said...

Simply put, fantastic picture and beautiful words. Thank you Edwin

2:13 AM  
Blogger Felicia said...

Beautiful girl, beautiful B&W. I appreciate you putting forth a controversial topic and soapboxing - it is YOUR blog! (And I happen to agree with your views!)

4:34 AM  
Blogger Ame said...

EDWIN YOU ROOOOOOOOOOOOOOOCK!!!!

What an AWESOME photo...and PERFECT for B&W...makes me want to do my next shot in B&W!

OK, you've inspired me to do just that!

Sorry to hear you no longer have your father around...but love your comment about the foundation...he taught you well!

HUGS!
:-)
XO

4:43 AM  
Blogger Kate said...

E-sorry for posting on this site, but I couldn 't find an email with your profile. (Ala Jakarta, how DO you resize the pics?) Anyone??

5:26 AM  
Blogger Nicola said...

Great capture in black and white! Agree with you. :)

6:01 AM  
Blogger Helen said...

Powerful. I like the black and white!

8:40 AM  
Blogger edwin s said...

Thanks ever so much! I really didn't expect the picture to garner this many wonderful comments. I'm not a photographer but it's good to know I'm doing something right.

Terima Kasih.

1:37 PM  
Blogger Chris said...

A cute little girl, very well shot. B&W is perfect.

Who has a shot of a "première communiante" ?

11:43 PM  
Blogger Chris said...

Got it

Edwin, have a look at Vallauris DP...

Think about opportunities given to photographs by religion : beauty, war, birth, death...

11:54 PM  
Blogger Carlos said...

This is one of your best images, your first bw turns to be one of the greatest pictures in your collection. The inner beauty of innocence cannot be restrained by any rules on the face of earth as beauty is eternal and ethereal, coming from within, specially the uncorrupted innocence of a child. Attempting to control that is futile and only denotes ignorance.

1:14 AM  
Blogger edwin s said...

Thank you Carlos, thank you so much ;)

12:03 PM  
Blogger Kris said...

i said this again, i think this is your best shot!

know what you mean, sometimes i pity little girls in such restricted garment. But perhaps, it just what we wanna think it's not all that bad (?)

9:22 PM  
Blogger dutchie said...

Hi Edwin, love your people's picture and in fact i think the women with the yellow scarf and this B&W are equally beautiful

3:36 PM  
Blogger aidareza said...

I agree with your sentiments. I am a Muslim and to me wearing a tudung is a personal choice.

This little girl should not be in a tudung - too young.

9:42 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

best regards, nice info » » »

6:15 AM  

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