Thursday, June 11, 2009

Moments from Mapalo

This child sat with me while I was speaking to a man who keeps livestock. He sat for a long time and finally asked for a picture with me. I hate the photo. It's cliched and silly, but the kid was sure insistent....

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This child is making his own soccer ball out of wires, string, yarn, and plastic bags.

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The most popular snack with the kids is popcorn. Here one of the kids I stayed with is preparing some.
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And the finished result!
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Night time trips to the bore hole
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Homes
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Mzungu! Want to play?

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A bar.

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The depths of Mapalo
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off to market, where roads cross and vendors congregate
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Farewell to sunshine, off to distant horizons, taking the daylight. Welcome the pale light of the moon and twilight. Farewell Mapalo.

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I am torn over photos - is it right to take pictures of people and their homes and put them on a blog? Do pictures accurately tell a story about the community? From the perspective of a parent - would I want my child's picture on some "stranger from a different country"'s blog?

1 comment:

  1. Hi Patrick,

    Hope you are well, I like your photos! Re your ethical question, having finished my 8 week stint in Zambia and India with over 20,000 images taken, of course I am biased. How else do we portray what life is like and the future need for improvements and support but through words and photos? We are not there to take advantage of the people, we are here because we care, that is the difference, we are not papps trying to make a buck, the essense of what we do is vastly different, and that is where the answer is. I am returning to Canada next week and would love to get in touch with you Mazungu!

    Cate

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