Photo of the Month – January 2010

[written by KopiOkaya]


[photo: Salnts] Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

I have a tough time deciding the Photo of the Month this round. What can I say – our F.U.N. members have ascended their photographic artistry to new heights. It took me a while to narrow down to this heart-rending and powerful image from Salnts, titled “Girl Praying for her Dad”.

Human beings have always seek sanctuary in religion, believing that our god will give us his blessing. In return, we shall find hope and security. This little girl was spotted at Thaipusam by Salnts. Her father was presumably one of the devotees participating in the Kavadi percussion. It is difficult for a child at this young age to understand her religion or the sacrifices her father had made. Yet, here she is seen applying holy ash on her forehead; a sign of devotion and credence to the gods and deities.

Thaipusam has always been portray as a very colorful and electrifying festival. Salnts’ very simple, cleverly-executed image works exceptionally well in monochrome. The smoke enhances the mood which gives this image a sense of peacefulness. At the same time, it functions as a “frame” to isolate the girl’s facial feature and hair from the background. Thanks to Salnts and his trusty Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro, we have another timeless classic that etches deep within our minds.

Suggestions on how to improve this image:

  • Crop or frame the image to give a bit more space around the subject
  • Brighten the subject’s face

Readers are encouraged to give your suggestions on how to improve the image (please be polite and comment constructively).

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