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Weekly Photo Challenge: Layers

There are always great opportunities for uncovering layers in a photographic sense.  My choice for this week is again one of favorite photos from our India trip earlier this year.  We met a family of migrant farmers who were homesteading on national park land.  I was struck by the stately beauty of the matriarch of the family and the youthful beauty of her progeny.  I was able to capture all three generations (layers) of the family in one photo – to me it tells a story of togetherness, resilience, and a set of family values far different than most of us are familiar with.

Layers of a family

Layers of a family

As an aside, I was going to submit this photo to a local contest but a former judge of the contest recommended cropping the family out – something I though ruined the photo by deleting the story of the family layers…..

11 responses

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  3. Wonderful shot Scott and great choice for this theme !
    Ciao ciao

    November 15, 2013 at 12:18 pm

  4. David

    I will have to completely agree with you on the crop. If your intent is to present a bit of a story to the contest, then leave it in. A themed contest may be a different animal altogether. Looking at this using a “hand crop”, I see a very strong image and one that could easily stand as a single subject portrait.
    When you are thinking of submitting to a competition (especially one with a submission fee); research the judges, their past judging stints and what appealed to them. This judge was apparently not involved, so the suggestion of the crop was subjective only by their personal taste.
    A friend of mine used to sit on contest panels and said they usually give an image about 3-5 seconds. If the image does not impact them in that amount of time; then it’s on to the next one.

    Just sayin’….. 😉

    This is a perfectly lovely image no matter how you look at it!


    (Mike L’s friend)

    November 15, 2013 at 1:11 pm

    • David,
      Thanks for your comments – glad you found the blog. Contests are really not “my thing” and when I look at contest winners vs some of the other submissions, I often disagree with judges picks. I guess thats why I’m a rank amateur and not exhibiting in La Jolla (or anywhere else)… :-). In any case, this family is one of my lasting impressions of India and the masses of uncounted people (in the eyes of the government they don’t exist) in the country. Thanks for visiting!

      November 17, 2013 at 9:16 am

  5. Yes, I think the family in the back adds dramatic impact to the photo. Good choice. 🙂

    November 15, 2013 at 2:35 pm

    • Thanks Shannon – I think the Mom is stunning in her own right but even more so when in the context of her beautiful family

      November 17, 2013 at 9:21 am

  6. Terri smith

    I like this one just the way it is, very beautiful!

    November 16, 2013 at 6:25 am

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