A bleak , heart-breaking scene of a child starving, collapsing due to famine,due to starvation,due to extreme poverty and a stalking,hungry vulture ready to attack his prey. If you are the photographer what would you do on that particular moment? Would you rather save the child or would you rather take the photo?
Of course the famous and fearless photojournalist, Kevin Carter took that Award-winning photo last 1993 in Sudan. He got a Pulitzer Award for it in 1994. But few months after receiving the award, he committed suicide. Probably, he was haunted by the horrific images of Sudan especially the image of that dying,thin as a stick child with the vulture stalking him.
I post this photo because i keep on thinking about this image in my mind. I am asking myself am i the vulture? or the photographer? How would you interpret the photo yourself? In the Philippines, this week is called Holy Week. So, this photo might help us reflect a little bit of ourselves especially during this Holy Week Celebration.
My interpretation: the child represents extreme poverty,war,disease,etc...The vulture represents selfishness, power, fear, injustice. And the photojournalist? He represents opportunism. He represents many of us who sometimes doesn't care what others feel as long as our goals will be fulfilled even if we step on others' feet. Somebody who has the capacity to help but seems so blind.
The picture has huge impact on me. How about on you?