Hope

I opened this file a few week ago from my archive. Originally shot in RAW colour and imported to lightroom in adobe standard colour, I really liked it. I mostly make my own black and white conversions from scratch and knew this was an obvious choice here. Once I'd finished, I exported to my desktop as a full size jpeg and cried. A traumatised child living on the edge, but with the hope of all humanity in her eyes.  The hope that she might not see her father hit her mother tonight. The hope that she might sleep on a real bed, not a piece of cardboard on a concrete floor. There is no need to worry about tomorrow when all that matters is tonight.

I opened this file a few week ago from my archive.
Originally shot in RAW and imported to lightroom in adobe standard colour, I really liked it. I mostly make my own black and white conversions from scratch and knew this was an obvious choice here.
Once I’d finished, I exported to my desktop as a full size jpeg and cried. This is a traumatised child living on the edge, but with the hope of all humanity in her eyes.
The hope that she might not see her father hit her mother tonight. The hope that she might sleep on a real bed one day, not a piece of cardboard on a concrete floor. There is no need to worry about tomorrow, when all that matters is tonight.

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15 thoughts on “Hope

  1. What did her mother and father do . . . ?

    An absolutely stunning portrait Peter, venturing to go so far as to suggest, by the light in her eyes, a self-portrait. Heartbreak and so much hope in one.

    1. You saw it Patti!! It wasn’t obvious and goes a lot deeper than just my reflection. You have a gift with people that is for certain.
      There is no greater privilege than to be trusted and allowed to connect like this.
      This little girl was one of a small group of kids given a chance to start school. They are mostly from extremely poor families that come into the city to try and find a better life. Even the better life that they seek would be soul destroying for most people I think. In this situation, the frustration, lack of purpose and cheap alcohol and substance abuse, often lead to domestic violence.

    1. Thanks Uday. You’re spot on about the questions. I don’t know how I would be able to answer them. Thanks for your insight and also your time in considering the issues in the picture. Keep well and keep shooting great photographs!

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